Take a look around at some of the concept cars at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, and you will feel like you’re starring in the Jetsons. While the cars on display can not fly, they definitely have a futuristic look and feel.
Concept cars first appeared at auto shows in 1938 with the Buick Y-Job. A concept car is a prototype made to showcase an idea, test a new styling direction, or highlight advanced technologies. This year’s show is sure to feature more than a dozen concept vehicles.
Manufacturers take consumers’ wants and needs into consideration when developing concept models. The trend to provide environmentally sound vehicles has been a theme throughout these designs. Many of these vehicles are feature hybrid powertrains or are electric vehicles. Others highlight the use of renewable materials or energy-saving technology.
Design and fashion trends are also evident in the interior design and exterior colors of the concept cars. Seats are becoming sleek, and white is being used with darker colors to create a stark contrast in the interior.
ACURA TLX PROTOTYPE Concept :
Designed and developed in Los Angeles and Ohio, the exciting new Acura TLX prototype is on exhibit during the 106th Chicago Auto Show, Feb.8-17, 2014. Even with this very low and wide profile, Acura leveraged the packaging expertise targeting the largest interior volume of any car in the segment, providing great site lines, ample cargo capacity comfortable seating for five adults.
Consumers will have their choice of standard front-wheel or optional SH-AWD (Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive) system.
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BMW i8 CONCEPT:
There is a concept car on display at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show guarantee to grab your undivided attention– It’s the stunning BMW i8 prototype that previews the next step in the evolution of ultra sports cars. Visually, the exterior includes sweeping lines, short front/rear overhangs, and flat silhouette lend the vehicle a striking appearance.
Note the large, transparent greenhouse over the 2 +2 cabin, and how the concept doors swing upwards like wings. Its innovative plug-in hybrid concept combines the modified electric drive system from the BMW i3 Concept– fitted over its front axle– with a high-performance three-cylinder combustion engine producing 164 kW/220 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque at the rear.
Working in tandem, they allow the two drive systems to display their respective talents to the full, delivering the performance of a sports car but the fuel consumption of a small car. The i8 Concept combines the advantages of two different drive systems. As a plug-in hybrid it reaps the benefits of an electric motor and an internal combustion engine for maximum efficiency with maximum dynamics.
Thanks to the dual drive systems, all four wheels of the BMW i8 Concept can be driven at the same time, similar to an all-wheel-drive vehicle. This solution combines the advantages of front-wheel drive, rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive to ensure the optimal dynamic drive configuration as required.
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CADILLAC ELMIRAJ CONCEPT:
Cadillac’s eye-catching Elmiraj Concept is on display at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show, presenting a new vision for luxury driving that could be a future Cadillac model. The dramatic two-door hardtop styling communicates power and performance, plus, the long wheelbase and clean body side characterizes the car’s spacious dimensions. Cadillac’s vertical light signature is represented in both the headlamp graphic and taillight, and a character line in the sheet metal extends the full length of the body side, connecting those vertical front and rear elements.
As a rear-wheel drive prototype, Elmiraj is powered by a 4.5-liter twin turbocharged V-8 delivering an estimated 500 hp. The engine takes the baseline technology from the new Cadillac Twin Turbo V-6 featured in the upcoming 420-hp 2014 CTS Vsport edition, and expands it to the classic performance format of a V-8 engine. The 2 +2 cabin layout features high-performance seats, designed to support spirited driving while also delivering luxury accommodation.
Designers created the upper section of the instrument panel is a single piece extending across the full width of the car, while the lower forms a cockpit space tailored for performance. Backlit titanium trim curves from the cowl to the doors, dividing the rich upper camel leather from the handpicked fallen Brazilian Rosewood wood veneer trim. Elmiraj passengers might actually lobby to sit in the back, as the rear bucket seats recline for additional comfort.
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