It might be "just a concept", but when Ford says they see the Ford Atlas Pickup Concept ($TBA) as the future of pickup trucks, you can rest assured you'll see most of the features on future F-150s. At first glance, the exterior styling looks quite similar to the company's current offerings, but look closely and you'll find features like active grille shutters, active wheel shutters, power running boards, and a drop-down front air dam, all of which help improve aerodynamics at highway speeds while maintaining maximum utility. Other features include a next-gen EcoBoost powertrain, LED headlamps, taillamps, cargo box and side mirror lighting, hidden cargo ramps, dynamic hitch assist, and a 360-degree Point-of-View camera to help position the vehicle in tight places. If only they'd actually make the damn thing.
SUVs and MPGs don't exactly go hand-in-hand, but it doesn't have to be that way. Take the Volkswagen CrossBlue Concept ($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.
Yes, it's definitely intriguing. But unfortunately for anyone wishing to park one in their own driveway, the Mercedes Ener-G-Force Concept ($TBA) is about as concept-y as a vehicle can get. Created for the Los Angeles Design Challenge 2012, the Ener-G-Force was designed as a highway patrol car for 2025, it boasts such outlandish features as a tank on the roof to store water that's transferred to the "hydro-tech converter" where it's converted into hydrogen for running the fuel cells and a 360-degree topography scanner on the roof.
It's okay to drool. Created by the guys behind the crazy-awesome Ford Broncos with help from Banks Power, the Icon D200 ($TBA) combines modern technology with the look of Dodge's landmark 1965 crew cab truck. Thanks to new Dodge 3500 chassis and mechanical systems, the D200 is ready to handle the raw brawn of the 5.9 L Cummins engine that provides it with an insane 975 lbs. of torque. Other features include a Six-Gun diesel tuner, a Monster Ram intake manifold, a dual exhaust, a Banks Brake exhaust braking system, a 4.5-inch Baja 1000 Chase lift kit with Fox shocks, custom audio, and an interior featuring free-range American Indian Reservation bison leather. Expect to see it at SEMA 2012, but no word on whether you'll ever be able to buy one.