Most of us can agree that the Mini in its current iteration is a far cry from the Mini it draws its name (and increasingly less obvious design inspiration) from — but it goes on, building cars whose resemblance to the original doesn't go much beyond the badge. The latest in this trend is the MINI Paceman Adventure Concept, based on the Paceman — which is itself a two-door cousin of the Countryman — this Mini gets its rear cropped to form a sort of cute little truck. And though details are limited, the car does sport the same all-wheel-drive found in the Paceman, and likely a 1.6-liter I-4 engine. So while that does give it some truck street cred, we're not convinced you'd ever want to take it to the job site.
Concept cars generally fall into one of two categories: previews of upcoming production models, and blue-sky exercises in pushing things forward. The BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept is definitely an example of the latter. It features an insane interior made from layers of fine carbon fabric, controls, aluminum, wood, and leather, a B-pillar that's integrated in the front seat frames, a 3D information display, a next-gen head up display, two rear seat displays and a detachable tablet, and a sleek exterior featuring advanced aerodynamics, a coupe-style roofline, Laserlight headlamps, and OLED rear lighting. In other words, lots of stuff that you might see in future models — several years down the road.
After the debut of their Shooting Brake Concept earlier this year, it should come as no surprise that they would unveil a crossover based on the more familiar TT. The Audi TT Offroad Concept shares the same power plant — a unique plug-in hybrid with a two-liter turbocharged four-cylinder backed up by electric motors in the front and back axles producing an impressive 408 horsepower. It sports a higher ground clearance than it's coupe cousin, letting it handle light off road terrain while still maintaining a comfortable feel on the road. And while this still may not signal a transition into more versatile vehicles, it's obvious that the car company known for powerful all-wheel-drive wants to build cars meant for something a little more than your commute.
It may seem hard to believe, but Land Rover introduced its iconic Discovery line 25 years ago. In celebration of the quarter century mark, they've created a new concept for the Discovery that will carry it into the next 25 years — and beyond. The Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept combines the Discovery's rugged heritage with a sleek, modern design that incorporates cutting-edge tech like smart glass, laser headlights, a new Terrain Response system, and Remote Control Drive. And while we doubt all of this makes it into a production model (should they choose to build one), we'd guess that it won't look all that different than what you see here.
100 years is a long time for any company to stay in business — but especially a car company. The Maserati Alfieri Concept was created to celebrate the trident's centennial while serving as a hint of what the company's next sports car will be. Inspired in part by the 1954 Maserati A6 GCS-53, this 2+2 offers features like a 4.7L V8 engine good for 460 hp, a six-speed electro-actuated gearbox, Brembo brakes, TFT displays in the instrument panel, bi-xenon and LED headlamps, three dimensional candy-cane tail lights, 21-inch wheels, and a liquid metal-colored paint job. Let's just hope it doesn't take another hundred years to make it.