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.
The logo isn't the only thing changing at Cadillac — the Cadillac Elmiraj Concept ($TBA) signals a refreshing design direction for the guys in Detroit. Think of it less as a teaser for an upcoming model, and more as a showpiece for what they think an updated two-door grand coupe should look like. The Elmiraj gets its power from a twin-turbo, 4.5-liter V8 producing an estimated 500 horsepower. It sits on 22- by 9-inch wheels with ceramic brakes and Cadillac mono-block calipers. The interior is driver-focused, with front seats built to accommodate aggressive motoring, titanium accents, Brazilian Rosewood trim, and camel leather.
While very little is known yet about the 2015 BMW M4 Coupe Concept ($TBA) early shots have leaked, and it looks gorgeous (we'll forgive them for the awful metallic yellow color this time). They're expected to ditch the V8 in favor of an inline-six similar to the beloved engine found in the E46 M3s, which drivers raved about for its incomparable smoothness. Early estimates put this turbocharged engine's output at somewhere around 450 horsepower. Regardless, this looks like an exciting direction for the 4-series' sportier sibling.
Plenty of cars — even Lamborghinis — draw inspiration from aviation, but few take the concept as far as this. Created to celebrate Lambo's 50th anniversary, the Lamborghini Egoista Concept ($TBA) takes many of its styling cues from the Apache helicopter. Named after the Italian word for "selfish", this unique concept is centered around a single-person, carbon fiber and aluminum cockpit that's actually removable, and is designed around the driver, with a racing seat, four-point restraints, and a heads-up display. LED clearance lights replace traditional headlights, hidden xenon headlamps provide distance lighting, and flaps on the bodywork help increase stability and airflow to the 600hp, 5.2L V10 engine. If that wasn't enough, the body and wheels are made from anti-radar material, giving us just one more reason to believe that this beast won't be going into production any time soon.
And here you thought your hatchback was fast. The Volkswagen Design Vision GTI Concept ($TBA) is a study in compact speed with looks to match. Wider and lower than a stock Golf, it's powered by a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 pumping out 503 hp — the regular GTI offers just 200 — that's mated to a dual-clutch DSG transmisison and an all-wheel drive system. The result? A 0-62 time of just 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 186 mph. The exterior has also gotten a large makeover, with aggressive fins, a popped-out C-pillar, and 20-inch rims. We're pretty sure it won't be coming to a dealership anytime soon, but if you want a clue as yo the design direct of the next-gen GTI, this as close as you're going to get.
We've seen plenty of high-end sports cars borrow technology from F1 racing, but a single-seater urban commuter? That's exactly what you'll find in the Renault Twizy Sport F1 Concept ($TBA). By borrowing the Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) from Renault's F1 cars, the Twizy Sport can boost nearly 100hp, dashing from 0-62 mph nearly as quickly as the flagship Mégane R.S. road car. Other unique features include slick racing tires, a front splitter, side-pods, a huge rear wing, diffuser, and an F1-style rain light. As you might imagine, we wouldn't expect to see one on the street this year, or the next, or pretty much ever.
Some concepts seem ready for production, while some make you wish they were ready for production. The Mercedes-Benz GLA Concept ($TBA) belongs in the latter category. Built on the same compact vehicle architecture as the A- and B-Class, this compact crossover is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder good for 208 hp that's paired to a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission and MB's 4MATIC all-wheel drive system. That's all fairly normal, as are the 20-inch wheels, large roof spoiler, and interior that features a blend of leather and dark galvanized aluminum. The air vents are illuminated from behind, glowing blue for cool air and red for warm, but that's not outlandish — what is are the laser-beam projector headlamps, which provide light at night but can also project nearly anything you want onto a flat surface. That includes pictures, navigation info, or even video taken with the two removable HD cameras that are mounted on the roof rack. Coming to a dealer near you in 2026. Just kidding — we hope.
Not that we don't like the current WRX, but if this is to be the future of the line, you can count us emphatically "in". The Subaru WRX Concept ($TBA) has arrived to offer clues as to what the next-generation WRX might resemble, and the news is almost all good. Up front, you'll find an aggressive new front end, with a larger, bolder grille that sticks out to make room for the turbocharged engine and intercooler — but thankfully the iconic hood scoop remains. A carbon fiber roof and a lower, wider body extend to the rear, where you'll find a dramatically curved trunk lid that acts as a spoiler, as well as a large black rear diffuser set between quad tailpipes. The whole thing sets on BBS "RI-D" One Piece Forged Duralumin wheels, which may or not make it to the production version — if/when it ever appears.
Well, that didn't take long. The 2014 Corvette isn't even out yet, and we've already got an aftermarket conversion package. The Callaway AeroWagon Concept ($15,000) aims to turn the new Stingray into a shooting brake using a body package that's made using a resin transfer molding process that produces precisely-fitting, load-carrying carbon parts. In other words, the AeroWagon will boast far more room inside than a typical C7, while still achieving speeds of over 200mph.