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.