The guys behind the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept ($TBA) like to think that it represents the near future of automotive technology — and if trends are any indication, they're probably right. The car is powered by three motors: a gas-powered two-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, and an electronic motor in each axel. The gasoline engine and front electronic motor work in tandem for hybrid drive functionality that's capable of up to 123 miles per gallon, while accelerating to 62 mph in just 4.6 seconds. And when driving conditions get tricky, whether in light off-road conditions or slippery roads, the rear electronic motor will engage, giving it all-wheel-drive and some added torque.
Concept cars are always fun, but they're even better when they portend a potential production car. Possibly foreshadowing the replacement for the XC90, the Volvo Concept XC Coupe ($TBA) is one of the latter, featuring only two doors but a full four seats. As with most concepts, details on the inner workings — such as the engine, transmission, and acceleration — are thin, but the car does boast 21-inch wheels, a floating grille, headlights with T-shaped light guides, orange details, matte rubber moldings, and underbody skid plates. The overall design was influenced by modern sports equipment, including the protective gear of Swedish company POC — which should come as no surprise, given that Volvos are as well-known for their safety as for their performance.
It goes without saying that a concept car debuting at the International Consumer Electronics Show should boast some pretty impressive tech to earn its spot among all the gadgets and gizmos — and the Audi Sport Quattro Laserlight Concept ($TBA) does not disappoint. Its headlights represent the next big thing in automotive lighting, combining matrix LEDs with laser lights into its trapezoidal fixtures, giving them double the luminosity of existing LED headlights. Inside, a state-of-the-art touchscreen controls the infotainment and climate, with three-dimensional, high-resolution graphics made possible by an Nvidia processor. It's powered by a plug-in hybrid drive system and a bi-turbo four-liter V8 engine, giving you the option to drive in EV for up to 94 mpg, hybrid, or full-combustion. It's also incredibly lightweight, with many of its components made of aluminum or carbon fiber, while the engine system is capable of 700 horsepower and nearly 600 pound feet of torque, making for a debut worthy of its setting.