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2017 Detroit Auto Show: Top 5 Concept Cars

Audi Q8 Concept2017_Detroit_Auto_Show_Audi_Q8_1Will they make it? They should. Because the Audi Q8 concept displayed at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show has to be taken to production so that the German carmaker to deal with the threat posed by the BMW X6 and the Mercedes Benz GLE. Without a coupe-SUV (And who thought that’ll be a thing one day!) in its portfolio, Audi is kind of in a difficult situation now. But the arrival of the production version of the Audi Q8 concept will solve that effectively. The interior of the concept on display had touch-sensitive screens which cleaned up the dashboard of all those buttons that it would have had otherwise. But expect that and the futuristic styling to be chucked and toned down to comply with mass production standards, once the road-going version makes its appearance. The Audi Q8 production model will come with both petrol and diesel engine options. It may also feature an all-electric and a plug-in hybrid powertrain as well. Good times are on the way!Nissan VMotion 2.0 Concept2017_Detroit_Auto_Show_Nissan-Vmotion2One word to describe Nissan’s show star at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. Awesome. That more or less sums up our first impression of this new concept and the Nissan VMotion 2.0 is being hailed as the new direction that the manufacturer intends to take for its sedans. If they succeed in carrying all that’s great about this concept to their new range of production cars, then we are ready to line up at the dealership with checkbooks. The front end where the V-Motion design language is prominent, the floating roof, the wrap-around rear glass, the rear suicide doors and the overall razor-sharp, angular styling; this car screams for attention which we’ll gladly give. Finished in a warm, silver paint with copper detailing, the Nissan VMotion 2.0 looks stunning from every angle. We wonder if this is a preview of how the new Nissan Altima is going to look like. Fingers crossed there! Oh… and the Nissan VMotion 2.0 also won the EyesOn Design Award for Design Excellence awarded for the best-designed concept car.VLF Automotive X-Series2017_Detroit_Auto_Show_VLF-XSeriesVLF Automotive is what happens when you put former GM Boss Bob Lutz, designer Henrik Fisker and entrepreneur Gilbert Villarreal in a room and leave them unattended. They formed a company that made the VLF Destino (which is a Fisker Karma with a 638bhp, 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine) and the Force 1 (which is a Dodge Viper with an all-new, totally bonkers carbon-fiber suit and an 745bhp, 8.4-litre V10). Their display car at Detroit was a vulgar, ugly, sickening Hummer H3 rip-off called the X-Series. So why is it here in the Top 5 list of concept cars at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show? Because it’s more like a movie which so bad that it’s good. Moreover, X-Series looks more like an attempt made by a vehicle designer for Grand Theft Auto V, when asked to make Hummer H3 knock-off with Chevrolet Colorado underpinnings. Power is drawn from a 3.6-liter V6 or a 2.8-liter diesel inline-four. Prayers and sympathies for those who are planning to buy one, because VLF is pretty serious about taking this to production.Rinspeed Oasis Concept2017_Detroit_Auto_Show_rinspeed-oasis-conceptRenowned for making concept cars which always succeed in dropping jaws, Rinspeed was around at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. With their creation – the Rinspeed Oasis – the design and tuning firm is letting the world in on their idea of an autonomous, all-electric, highly connected urban mobility vehicle of the future. The interior can be changed to suit the various needs of the urban commuter, even taking the form of a work area, should you fancy that. There are seats for two which are as large and comfy as a lounge chair. They have even thrown is a grass bed beneath the windscreen and augmented reality 5K widescreen dashboard for good measure. Yes, it looks like something which belongs in a medium-budget sci-fi movie like Aeon Flux or Ultraviolet, but since its purpose is to serve as a futuristic concept car, we have no complaints at all with this glasshouse on wheels.Infiniti QX50 SUV Concept2017_Detroit_Auto_Show_infiniti-qx50Infiniti is to Nissan what Lexus is to Toyota. A premium, luxury brand under which they can sell pricier sedans, sports cars and SUVs. And say what you may about the styling of their cars, the Infiniti QX50 is among the better-looking ones to have come out bearing the brand name. Inspired by the QX Sport Inspiration concept, this medium-SUV concept looks near-production-ready. But Infiniti happened to be more excited about the interior than the exterior when the concept made its debut at the 2017 Detroit Auto Show. The press material and presentations focused more on the premium interiors along with the craftsmanship and attention to detail that goes into the leather, the wood and even the stitching. The Infiniti QX50 is also a platform to demonstrate the manufacturer’s capabilities in integrating new tech into their future cars, chief of them being the autonomous drive support system that they are looking into with high priority.

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