Inspired by the classic CJ-5, the Jeep Shortcut is a one-off Wrangler-based ode to the off-roaders of the '50s and '60s. It starts with a shortened body that also gets a new grille, hood, tailgate, wheel flares, and chrome bumpers. The modifications continue with a new exhaust, red wheels, and new performance suspension parts. It's finished with a simple interior, outfitted with two leather bucket seats with plaid inserts, a four-point safety cage, and a red ball shifter handle for the five-speed automatic that's hooked to the 3.6L V6 under the hood.
Named for the signature front end design of many current Nissan vehicles, the Nissan Vmotion 2.0 is a look at the company's motoring future. A true blue-sky concept, it has a host of forward-thinking features, such as a front emblem and rear diffuser that glow to indicate when it's in autonomous mode and a huge horizontal display that serves as both control and gauge. The "floating roof" is made from wrap-around rear glass, Bose UltraNearfield Speakers provide 360-degree sound, and doors that swing outward in both front and rear provide easy access to the spacious, luxurious Zebra Wood-clad interior.
All concepts give us a glimpse of the future. With the Audi Q8 Concept, it happens to be the near future. It's powered by a plug-in hybrid system that marries a 3.0L petrol engine to an electric motor for a total output of 443 hp and a 0-60 time of 5.4 seconds. The exterior is sporty for a full-size SUV, with a lack of window frames, touch-sensor doors, and blue laser Matrix headlights. A head-up display uses augmented reality to place information and alerts in the proper real-life places, keeping your view on the road. The rest of the interior is dominated by screens, like the 12.3-inch display that replaces the traditional gauges and the multiple touchscreens that stand in for media, climate, and lighting controls. The all-wheel-drive production model is expected to launch next year.