The ultimate expression of leading – and upcoming – automotive manufacturers’ engineering and design imagination, concept cars provide a glimpse into the future; with many scheduled to hit UK roads in the not so distant future.
Following the UK government’s recent announcement of a 2030 ban on the sale of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles, petrol and diesel cars, the electric car race just got that little bit hotter. With so much momentum behind electric and low emission technology at present, we’ve noticed a seismic shift in nearly all car brands now committing to investment and advancement in fully-electric options. As a result, there are some very interesting models on the horizon! But what manufacturers are leading the pack?
Fully Autonomous, First-Class Airline Cabin Luxury and 497 miles on a Single Charge; introducing the 2023 Audi AI:CON.
With an anticipated release date in 2023, this Audi concept looks stunning from every angle and is designed to free passengers from the stress of driving or commuting with a spacious, steering-wheel free and safe interior. The Audi AI:CON currently sits right at the top of our future car wish list!
In line with the AI:CON above, Mercedes are aiming to demonstrate a new dimension in sustainable luxury with the brand’s VISION EQS.
The VISION EQS will come with a single-charge battery range of over 435miles, and accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in less than 4.5 seconds. Design-wise, expect intelligence, luxury and above all else sustainability.
The fast-growing all-electric Polestar‘s four door GT is set to enter production with a release date expected in 2023.
Named the Precept, the concept model was originally designed by Polestar to embody three pillars that define the Swedish electric carmaker; Pure, Progressive and Performance. The result is a distinct design direction that showcases a powerful surface with aerodynamic efficiency.
As one of the UK’s most popular car brands, we have high expectations of the powerful carmaker’s vision of an electric future. And Bentley has come to the table here with the EXP 100 GT.
Announced exactly 100 years after Bentley was founded, the EXP 100 GT explores what grand touring might look like in 2035 – “the light above you, the air around you and the earth beneath you”. It’s certainly a stimulating combination of elements from Bentley, all wrapped up in the highest quality of craftsmanship.
Now we have Maserati‘s take on the future grand tourer, with the flair and sporting heritage we’ve come to expect from the Italian sports-car manufacturer.
This car was designed to make a statement. A bold statement. To prove that Maserati is a sports-car manufacturer at its very core, and with a 0-62 mph acceleration of approximately 2 seconds, we think its safe to say they are on track to deliver!
An unexpected personal favourite, the Peugeot E-Legend draws on the brand’s heritage whilst showcasing its retro-futuristic ambitions.
With this concept, Peugeot is promising sporty, sensual looks. Something we very much agree are being delivered. Range is expected to be 370 miles, with a top speed of 136mph and 0 to 60 of just 4 seconds. Only time will tell if the car will be the stuff of legend or myth!
BMW’s first all-electric SUV is billed as having ‘subtle splendour’. With a futuristic streamlined shape, hexagonal steering wheel and huge 27inch curved information display, it’s certainly very different from anything else BMW has produced.
With an estimated 376 miles of range, the exterior dimensions of an X5, the height of the X6 and the wheelbase of an X7, it looks like it’ll offer plenty to get BMW X range lovers excited about when it arrives in late 2021.
With looks inspired by American muscle cars, the Imagine is Kia‘s first pure-electric four-door car. Whilst it doesn’t boast the most creative model name, the Imagine certainly has plenty of imagination when it comes to design.
Kia’s design aim is to give you goosebumps when looked at, and to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up when you drive it – and who are we to argue? We’ll see if we get excited when it launches next year.
The ID.ROOMZZ is billed as a multivariable all-rounder tailored to both family and business requirements. Sitting in the full-size SUV segment, the VW ROOMZZ looks like it will be a funky and practical way to get around.
The quirky ‘variable interior’ allows various seating configurations that adapt to the driver taste and driving mode. And, with an unconventional dash complete with a ‘hovering’ digitalised steering wheel, it’ll be worth a curious look when it releases in 2022.
Perfect for the city, the beach or general outdoor fun. The Volkswagen ID.BUGGY is a concept that really livens up the EV space and highlights the broad spectrum of possibility within our emission-free mobility future.
There have been rumours that the EV won’t make it to full production, remaining only a concept, but we hope Volkswagen will revisit this as we edge closer to 2024.
Billed as a car that is “born to be dressed”, Fiat has really come at the future of the brand’s all-electric range from a unique perspective.
The Centoventi, can be styled as uniquely as the customer desires – from a choice of roof colours and wheel designs to the wrappings around the car. Even its bumpers, can be customised to your own unique requirements. One to watch for release in 2025.
Individual, dynamic and sustainable. The Forease+ from Smart is designed to be more than just an addition.
The idea is that the model will represent the brands simplistic approach to urban zero-emission driving. A model that’s doing electric differently by stripping things back to the bare essentials only.