Most concepts give us a glimpse of the future. The 1960 Jeep FC 150 Concept gives us an upgrade on the past. As the name suggests, it's based on an FC 150 from 1960, which itself was based on the CJ-5. This new concept keeps the original steel body with full-length cargo box, while replacing the original chassis with one from a 2005 Jeep Wrangler, modified to accept new Dana axles and 17-inch white steel wheels. The interior has been tastefully upgraded as well, with vinyl seat covers, a new headliner, CB radio, a compass, and all-weather floor mats. Powered by a 4.0L PowerTech inline six paired with a 3-speed automatic, it's ready for everything from the trails to the ranch.
More "vision" than "concept", the BMW Vision Next 100 Concept isn't meant to herald some near-term production model. Instead, it's an imagining of the car as it will exist decades down the road. As autonomous driving is considered an inevitability, the 100 has a mode, called "Ease" that retracts the steering wheel, adjusts the seats so it's easier to interact with others in the car, and clouds the windshield for use as a screen. But when you want to take control, the "Boost" mode uses the windshield to overlay information like optimal driving lines, steering points, and speeds. And while all that interior innovation is notable, so too is the exterior, which features a series of triangular "scales" that stretches to accommodate the turning of the faired in wheels, improving aerodynamics. Arriving at a dealer near you sometime in 2055.
Some concept cars are production-ready. The Toyota Setsuna Concept is not one of them. As much an art project as it is a viable production car, this two-seater resembles a boat, and not just in its shape. The majority of the vehicle is built using wood, with different types being used for the various parts — including Japanese cedar for the exterior panels and Japanese birch for the frame. It's powered by an electric motor, but details such as this are irrelevant when talking about a car that's assembled using a traditional Japanese joinery technique that forgoes nails and screws, and that has a 100-year meter inside to help gauge and appreciate the wood's aging process.