Volkswagen Beetle Dune
A concept sure to fire the imaginations of VW fans, this Beetle is rigged for off-road activity thanks to 19in wheels and high ground clearance. It’s based on the current Beetle R model and comes with the same 2-litre engine, but the body is longer, wider and taller and equipped with more powerful Xenon headlights, LED fog lights and, inside, a 7.7in touchscreen display. Volkswagen has not said yet whether or not it’ll move from the concept stage into production.
We covered the FT-1 a few days ago, marvelling over the fact that Toyota built it and ‘drove’ it within Gran Turismo 6 before making it a physical reality.
The front-engine, rear-wheel drive FT-1 is just a concept and will likely never make it into production, although we expect to see its muscular form – all vents and sculpted bodywork – inspiring future generations of Toyota racing coupés.
Kia GT4 Stinger
What’s this – Kia making a desirable motor? Stranger things have happened, and the Korean manufacturer’s profile is undeniably higher in 2014 than ever before.
The GT4 Stinger is a coupé with a race-inspired design and a stirring 315hp turbocharged engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Designed in California, it features transparent A-pillars to aid front visibility.
This is one concept that may become a reality. Designer Tom Kearns told Auto Express that “if we decide to make it, we don’t have to change it too much.” In fact, it could be on sale by 2016 and priced at under £30,000.
Volvo XC Coupé
Volvo has evolved far beyond its image as a maker of safe-yet-boringly-boxy family cars, and this concept is as pretty an SUV as you could find anywhere on the Detroit show floor.
The XC Coupé, says Volvo, is “willing to bring you into the adventure zone and back” (references to safety still loom large in Volvo’s press release, it has to be said). It’s designed to appeal to extreme sports enthusiasts (hence the roof-mounted ski storage) and features 21in wheels.
While the concept may never come to market, it’s likely that some of its aspects will inform future Volvos like the next iteration of the XC90 SUV.