Most of us can agree that the Mini in its current iteration is a far cry from the Mini it draws its name (and increasingly less obvious design inspiration) from — but it goes on, building cars whose resemblance to the original doesn't go much beyond the badge. The latest in this trend is the MINI Paceman Adventure Concept, based on the Paceman — which is itself a two-door cousin of the Countryman — this Mini gets its rear cropped to form a sort of cute little truck. And though details are limited, the car does sport the same all-wheel-drive found in the Paceman, and likely a 1.6-liter I-4 engine. So while that does give it some truck street cred, we're not convinced you'd ever want to take it to the job site.
Concept cars generally fall into one of two categories: previews of upcoming production models, and blue-sky exercises in pushing things forward. The BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept is definitely an example of the latter. It features an insane interior made from layers of fine carbon fabric, controls, aluminum, wood, and leather, a B-pillar that's integrated in the front seat frames, a 3D information display, a next-gen head up display, two rear seat displays and a detachable tablet, and a sleek exterior featuring advanced aerodynamics, a coupe-style roofline, Laserlight headlamps, and OLED rear lighting. In other words, lots of stuff that you might see in future models — several years down the road.
After the debut of their Shooting Brake Concept earlier this year, it should come as no surprise that they would unveil a crossover based on the more familiar TT. The Audi TT Offroad Concept shares the same power plant — a unique plug-in hybrid with a two-liter turbocharged four-cylinder backed up by electric motors in the front and back axles producing an impressive 408 horsepower. It sports a higher ground clearance than it's coupe cousin, letting it handle light off road terrain while still maintaining a comfortable feel on the road. And while this still may not signal a transition into more versatile vehicles, it's obvious that the car company known for powerful all-wheel-drive wants to build cars meant for something a little more than your commute.