It might be "just a concept", but when Ford says they see the Ford Atlas Pickup Concept ($TBA) as the future of pickup trucks, you can rest assured you'll see most of the features on future F-150s. At first glance, the exterior styling looks quite similar to the company's current offerings, but look closely and you'll find features like active grille shutters, active wheel shutters, power running boards, and a drop-down front air dam, all of which help improve aerodynamics at highway speeds while maintaining maximum utility. Other features include a next-gen EcoBoost powertrain, LED headlamps, taillamps, cargo box and side mirror lighting, hidden cargo ramps, dynamic hitch assist, and a 360-degree Point-of-View camera to help position the vehicle in tight places. If only they'd actually make the damn thing.
When you first saw the Chevy Volt, did you think "man, that'd make for a nice Cadillac coupe"? If so, give yourself a pat on the back because that's very much what the Cadillac ELR ($TBA) is. This extended range electric combines a pure electric drive system and a range-extending 1.4L gas engine for 207 horsepower and a driving range exceeding 300 miles. Outside, you'll find aggressive body work, 20-inch wheels, and LED headlamps and taillamps, while inside you'll find a 2+2 layout, a cut & sew interior, and Cadillac CUE with navigation. Sales start in early 2014.
Is it a coupe? A sedan? A sportback? We're not really sure, because Audi uses at least two of the three to describe the 2014 Audi RS 7 ($TBA). This new sporty model features five doors, a low-slung body, quattro all-wheel drive, 20-inch wheels, and a suitably elegant interior. The real star, though, is the 4.0 TFSI engine cranking out 560hp, a number that — when combined with the standard eight-speed tiptronic transmission — enables a 0-62 time of just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of nearly 190 mph, all while offering an average fuel economy of 24 mpg.
Welcome back, Stingray. Reviving the classic moniker, the new 2014 Corvette Stingray ($TBA) represents a complete break from the prior Corvette, with just two parts shared between them. Highlights of the new Stingray include an all-new 6.2L V8 engine good for 450 horsepower and a 0-60 time of less than four seconds, a new aluminum frame, generous use of carbon fiber in the interior, hood, and removable roof panel, and, of course, breathtaking looks. Coming to dealers this fall.
SUVs and MPGs don't exactly go hand-in-hand, but it doesn't have to be that way. Take the Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept ($TBA) for example. Designed for the US and Canadian markets, this six-seat SUV features a 2.0L turbo diesel engine and two electric motors for a combined output of 305 hp and all-wheel drive capability. Thanks to this hybrid setup, the concept is said to make the sprint from 0-60 in about 7.2 seconds and offer fuel economy as high as 89 MPG. As with any concept, you might not want to hold your breath on an actual release.
Who said you had to give up speed to gain interior space? Available in both sedan and wagon models, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG 4Matic ($TBA) has everything it needs to keep up with the fastest of sports cars. Powered by a 5.5-liter AMG V8 Biturbo, it boasts 550 hp — 577 on the S-Model — and an AMG Speedshift MCT 7-speed sports transmission to hurtle it from 0-60 in just 3.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 186 mph. Permanent all-wheel-drive ensures that power gets to the pavement, and, of course, it's still an E-class, with all the interior refinement you'd expect. Arriving this summer.
Those of you waiting around for a truly fast compact luxury SUV can start planning to take on a new car loan this fall. That's when the Audi SQ5 ($TBA) will arrive on native shores, boasting a supercharged 3.0-liter V6 pumping out 354 horsepower, an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, quattro permanent all-wheel drive, a 0-62 mph time of 5.3 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph. Of course, it's not all about performance, and as such it also features an upgraded suspension for better handling, a new front fascia and grille, 20-inch wheels, and a black interior with aluminum inlays. We just hope you like black or blue, because those are the only colors available.
Plenty of cars receive a mid-cycle facelift — but the 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe ($TBA) has more up its sleeve than just a new look. Accompanying the new, sportier front end — which holds new single-lens LED headlamps and large air intakes — redesigned rear fenders, and all new interior is a host of new safety features, dubbed "intelligent drive". Included in this new package is Collision Prevention Assist, a radar-based collision warning system with adaptive brake assist systems, Attention Assist, which can detect when you're getting drowsy, Distronic Plus with Steering Assist which helps to keep the car in its lane and can track multiple lanes of traffic, and a bunch of other futuristic systems that come just short of letting the car drive itself. Available in hardtop or Cabriolet versions, with engines ranging from 300 to 400 hp.
Named after the nuclear powered icebreaking ship built to traverse the wintry wasteland of Arctic seas, the Ural Yamal Limited Edition Sidecar Motorcycle ($14,250) might not break apart ice, but it will certainly draw attention. Powered by a boxer engine with Brembo brakes for equal stopping power, this unique ride comes in powder coated flat orange with black accents and features additional lighting, a knobby spare tire, hand guards, an ore — no joke — and menacing teeth graphics. Only 50 available stateside, so get your order in now.
No, it's not a totally new car — you can think of the BMW Concept 4 Series Coupe ($TBA) as an extension of the 3 series, although it has one less door. Sometimes. Effectively the replacement for the 3-series coupe, the new 4 series concept is longer, wider, and lower, while retaining much of its younger (?) siblings blood. Features include LED headlights, a huge front air intake, an "Air Breather" behind the front wheels, and, of course, an interior that's probably slightly more progressive than what we'll see in the production version. Slated to arrive at a dealer near you whenever it makes its way out of the "concept" stage.
Yes, it's a station wagon — but it's a fast station wagon. The 2013 Audi RS6 Avant ($TBA) might be the ultimate driver's wagon, thanks to the twin-turbo V8 under the hood that gives it 560 hp, a 0-62 mph time of just 3.9 seconds, and a top speed of 190 mph, while still offering 24 mpg fuel efficiency. Other features include an eight-speed tiptronic transmission, quattro all-wheel drive, your choice of adaptive air or sport suspension, optional mammoth carbon fiber-ceramic brakes, two appearance packages, aggressive body work, and a sporty cockpit.
Enticed by the XKR-S, but decide that the coupe was just a little too impractical? Say hello to the 2014 Jaguar XFR-S ($99,000). The fastest, most powerful sedan Jaguar has ever produced, the XFR-S is powered by the same 5.0L supercharged V8 as its two-doored stablemate, giving it 550hp and a 0-60 mph time of just 4.4 seconds on its way to a top speed of 186 mph. Despite the speed, it still manages to eek out 23 mpg highway, and also features a ZF eight-speed transmission, wide 20-inch Varuna forged alloy wheels, and plenty of carbon fiber components to help reduce weight and lift. Limited to just 100 units in the U.S., it'll go on sale next summer.