Concept cars are always the showstoppers at major auto shows. Concept cars bring together cutting edge technology, revolutionary power systems and gorgeous design. It’s enough to leave auto enthusiasts drooling. The only downside to the concept car phenomenon is that too often these cars never end up on the road. Fortunately, automakers are finding new ways to incorporate their concept cars into models that eventually are made for mass production. Here are four concept cars from the Chicago Auto Show that are already being incorporated into other models.
Hyundai’s Vision G
Hyundai is making inroads into the luxury market with its new luxury line. The Vision G is a dynamic coupe, featuring 420-horsepower, a 5.0-litre, V-8 engine, which produces 383 lb of torque. Photos show a long hood and roofline that gives it a sleek and stylish look. The manufacturer also describes its “remote wheel,” an ergonomically designed touchpad that responds to a hand wave via gesture interaction. Like other manufacturers, Hyundai is betting big on autonomous driving, and the concept car demonstrates how this is being incorporated through the Genesis brand.
Buick has completely revamped their designs over the last five years, and the two-door Avista is showcasing the way the brand has changed. The Avista has a sleek form but with much more power than you would associated with Buick. This contemporary grand touring sedan has a twin-turbocharged V-6, which gives the care 400-horsepower. It features 3-D printed doors and seat trims, touchscreen controls, an eight-speed gearbox, noise control and even air purifiers and aromatherapy. The Avista is based on Chevy’s Camaro, which automatically means it is buildable using an already existing chassis.
Kia named the Telluride from the Colorado ski resort. The concept is a luxury SUV that would be right at home in the snowy mountaintops. The Telluride is a three-row, seven passenger luxury SUV which uses the mass production Kia Sorento as its foundation. Where the Telluride concept differs is that it brings an additional 18 total inches of space. The Telluride has push button activation for its a 3.5-liter gasoline direct injected V-6 engine. The manufacturer says its powerful electric motor produces a total of 400-horsepower, “which is routed to all four wheels via an advanced all-wheel drive system.”
The signature tiger nose grille and recessed headlamps mark the vehicle as a Kia, but the body style is more muscular than its other brand models. One interesting feature is the Telluride’s seat sensor technology that is supposed to monitor occupant’s health information. The tech then adjusts lights and sunroofs to improve energy levels. The fact that Kia is actively testing these features suggests they will find their way into the production models soon.
Acura’s Precision is a race-inspired concept car that is focused on an idea called “quantum continuum.” The transition of materials and structures from the exterior to the interior is smooth and impressive. Features that could wind up in a mass market car include floating rear seats and taillight motif, audio speaker grilles handcrafted from exotic wood, fractal LED headlights, and customized performance preferences. This look will influence the next generation of Acura luxury sport sedans. Acura is believed to be pushing for production of this the Precision in the near future, which should be exciting to consumers.