If the Frankfurt Motor Show is any indication, this is shaping up as the year of the crossover SUV — and if that means the Jaguar C-X17 ($TBA) is the new standard, you won't hear much complaining from us. While not particularly daring in terms of style, it has a look that fits surprisingly-nicely with other models we've seen so far from Jaguar, in spite of its higher stance. It's still just a concept, and as is typical, there are scant details about the engine, though it will likely bare some resemblance to its cousins at Land Rover. With any luck, it'll make it into production some time in the near future, making it the first SUV from a company typically known for sports coupes and luxury sedans.
Unfortunately, the Audi Nanuk Quattro Concept ($TBA) is just one of those things that's too good to be true — too strange and too exciting to ever make it into production — but that shouldn't stop you drooling over it. A sort of supercar crossover, this Audi boasts a twin-turbocharged V-10 diesel TDI engine that outputs 544 horsepower and a staggering 738 pound-feet of torque. All that muscle coupled with a special variant of their Quattro all-wheel drive system and adjustable ground clearance would make this car fairly capable on even the roughest roads. As if that wasn't enough, it gets 30 miles to the gallon, and features integral steering (the rear wheels turn slightly in the opposite direction of the front wheels, giving it better handling in turns). Here's hoping at least some of this tech sees the streets one day soon.
We've watched as a slew of luxury crossovers have either entered the market, or been teased as concepts at various auto shows — but none of them look quite like the Lexus LF-NX Crossover Concept ($TBA). Its creased design and spindle grill look sharp enough to cut you if you get too close, and the headlights suggest the face of a Japanese mecha ready to battle a kaiju onslaught. Details on the power plant are still fuzzy (though they may become clearer when it debuts in Frankfurt), but apparently it will sport a hybrid engine tuned for the kind of torque an SUV demands.
Whether or not you'll miss the characteristically boxy shape of the 240s and 640s of yesterday, it's time to say goodbye for good — the Volvo Concept Coupe ($TBA) is the future. With it's swooping, sporty lines, low stance, and rearward cockpit, it's every bit the forward-looking machine. Under the hood you'll find a gasoline plug-in hybrid two-liter four-cylinder engine that is both supercharged and turbocharged, resulting in a fairly-impressive output of around 400 horsepower. Not to be outdone by its exterior, the inside features a handcrafted crystal shift knob, a massive touch screen, and accents of leather and aged wood.