15 models give a glimpse of what lies down the road in car design
TORONTO, Ont. (February 2, 2017) — They spring from the imagination of design engineers given the freedom to think outside the box.
But the concept cars manufacturers roll onto the show floor at the 2017 Canadian International AutoShow aren’t just the stuff of dreams — some of them will ultimately make it into production and onto the road some day. And AutoShow visitors play an important role in the process. Manufacturers will gauge public reaction to their designs and concept features as they head to the drawing board to create new models or refine designs for existing ones.
A total of 16 concept vehicles — ranging from beautiful speed machines and high-end luxury sedans to SUVs meant for daily driving — will be on display at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre during the 2017 AutoShow, including:
With an emphasis on high-contrast details and the intersection of modern, sheer surfaces and muscular, organic sculpting, the Acura Precision Concept communicates Acura’s focus on performance and prestige through its ultra-low and wide stance, long dash-to-axle ratio, deeply sculpted surfaces and the debut of a new Diamond Pentagon grille. The Acura Precision Concept’s crouched and athletic stance is further emphasized by its deeply sculpted side surfaces pouring over swelling rear wheel arches covering 22-inch wheels and tires. The forward-looking concept also features signature lighting designs – in front with its Jewel Constellation LED headlights composed of organically arranged fractal elements, and in back with floating LED tail lights.
The Aston Martin-Red Bull concept hypercar AM-RB 001 will make its first appearance in North America — and global auto show debut — at the Canadian International AutoShow. The unique and groundbreaking AM-RB 001, introduced in July at the Aston Martin headquarters in Gaydon, England, is an unprecedented fusion of form and function the likes of which has never before been seen in a road-legal vehicle. The hypercar boasts a lightweight carbon fibre frame and radical aerodynamics for unprecedented levels of downforce. At its heart is a mid-mounted naturally aspirated V12 engine with the potency to achieve a 1:1 power-to-weight ratio; 1 bhp per kilo of weight. The suspension system features innovative technology and employs principles honed by Adrian Newey, Red Bull Racing’s Chief Technical Officer, over his 30-year career.
A modern expression of Buick’s heritage of sophisticated performance, communicated with beautiful elegance, the Avista concept is a 2+2 coupe that pushes the brand’s contemporary design ethos and rekindles its historic performance roots. A sleek, sweeping proportion is the foundation for this vision of a contemporary grand tourer, with a 400-horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 driving the rear wheels and a driver-focused cockpit offering a comfortable, connected center of control. The Avista’s uninterrupted body lines stretch front to rear, suggesting motion – resembling Buick’s design language introduced on the Avenir concept and carried into production on the 2017 LaCrosse. The absence of conventional B-pillars between the doors and rear side windows enhances the flowing profile. Like the exterior, the Avista’s 2+2 interior is defined by flowing, uninterrupted lines conveying elegance through simplicity – with intense technical and surfaces details, in everything from 3D-printed door and seat trim to a future vision of Buick’s IntelliLink, with touchscreen controls on a widescreen instrument panel display.
Cadillac Escala Concept
The Cadillac Escala – from the Spanish word for “scale” – is a reflection of our design evolution. Immediately apparent are the sculpted exterior lines on its large frame, giving it the appearance of gliding down the road. The many technology features inside the Escala are a perfect complement to the handcrafted interior. Inside you’ll find an OLED touch screen spanning the front console, a central module control that responds to your voice, touch and gestures, and a rear seat connectivity system. In addition to the technology and craftsmanship, the Escala offers a robust performance system featuring a powerful 4.0L V8 engine and a new RWD-centric mixed-material construction which makes it as powerful as it is beautiful.
New York Concept
Genesis’s striking ‘New York Concept’ luxury sports sedan hints at future design direction with its expressive and refined ‘Athletic Elegance,’ first seen in the Vision G concept and in production form with the Genesis G90 premium luxury sedan. Acknowledging the Genesis brand’s sporty and agile nature, the hybrid concept generates 245ps and 36.0 kgf.m of torque from its 2.0 T-GDi powertrain coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission. The exterior of the New York Concept presents an elegant interpretation of a luxurious performance vehicle, defined by well-balanced proportions and refined surface treatments. Inside, the concept car combines advanced technology with absolute luxury, contrasting innovative electronics against finely-crafted materials.
Civic Type R Prototype
The radical Honda Civic Type R Prototype builds on the low and wide proportion of the new Civic Hatchback and is enhanced by muscular body styling and modifications to aid aerodynamic performance. The exterior is wrapped in a highly reflective, finely-grained brushed aluminum-effect finish, which is unique to the prototype car. At the front, the aggressive fascia is accentuated with a winged carbon fiber splitter and sporty red accent line. Additional slatted ducts add width to the fascia, and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.
The QX50 Concept showcases INFINITI’s vision for a next-generation mid-size premium crossover. Demonstrating how the design of the 2016 QX Sport Inspiration, its conceptual forebear, could be adapted for a future production model, the QX50 Concept confidently articulates INFINITI’s ‘Powerful Elegance’ design language. A ‘cabin-forward’ silhouette combines with muscular lines and flowing surfaces to telegraph its purpose as a dynamic and practical crossover. The organic forms of the ‘driver-centric, passenger-minded’ cabin were designed in harmony with the exterior shape. Blending progressive design with modern craftsmanship, the QX50 Concept’s interior reflects INFINITI’s desire to challenge conventional approaches to premium interior design. INFINITI’s latest concept is the next step toward the company’s future autonomous drive support technologies. Central to the strategy for the development of all future INFINITI autonomous drive support systems, they ensure the driver retains ultimate control over their vehicle – in keeping with INFINITI’s focus on driver engagement. Furthermore, the QX50 Concept illustrates a potential application for INFINITI’s advanced Variable Compression Turbo (VC-Turbo) engine, offering drivers a powertrain that adapts to offer both power and efficiency.
Lincoln Navigator Concept
Lincoln’s design team drew inspiration from luxury sailboats and yachts when designing the new concept. This influenced everything from the clean, modern lines and Storm Blue paint on the exterior that mimics the grays and blues of sea and sky, to the teak finishes, custom gear and wardrobe management system found inside. The Navigator Concept is engineered to provide drivers peace of mind. It features a 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 engine delivering more than 400 horsepower and smart new technologies to make this SUV even more sure-footed on different road surfaces and in changing weather conditions. The Navigator Concept features Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, which uses radar and camera technology to scan the road ahead. In the cabin, head restraint monitors provide passengers Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing them to wirelessly share music and content from personal devices. For drivers, a large panel screen clearly displays key information. The display can be customized from a digital touch screen housed in the centre stack.
The visionary new LF-FC flagship concept vehicle, first revealed at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show is making its Canadian debut at Toronto’s Canadian International Auto show. Evoking emotion at every turn, with its aggressive design and cutting-edge hydrogen fuel cell technology, the LF-FC exceeds conventional imagination while expressing Lexus’ vision of a not-so-distant future. The Lexus LF-FC is Lexus’ first-ever fuel cell system energizing the rear wheels while sending power to two in-wheel motors up front, and delivering dynamic handling and exceptional stability. And with its aggressive yet elegant exterior lines and a futuristic interior, the LF-FC makes a dramatic impact on everything, but the planet.
Making its Canadian debut, the Lexus UX Concept redefines the future of the compact SUV and the driving experience itself, thanks to a unique “inside-out” design, “deconstructed” interior and a range of immersive in-vehicle technologies that enhance the lives and lifestyles of an ever-connected progressive luxury buyer. The UX is the pinnacle of seamlessly integrating detail to create flow and anticipation from the inside out. Front fenders and the roof bar penetrate the cabin, and key exterior elements are linked together by highly sculptural, sensual surfacing, reinforcing the dramatic performance promise embedded in the whole of the design. Taking its cues from the softer rear exterior treatment, the rear passenger compartment is styled as a soft-lounge sofa that wraps around the rear-hinged back doors. The result is two perceptions of luxury seamlessly brought together in a single vehicle. See for yourself what it looks like to drive the future.
A next generation crossover, the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept features advanced, and proprietary, electric and all-wheel control technologies, a 2.5-litre gasoline engine and three electric motors (one unit at the front and two at the rear), a 25-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack, estimated electric-only range of approximately 120 km, and a total cruising range of nearly 1,200 km and CO2 emissions of less than 26 g/km. Seen at the Canadian International AutoShow for only the third time in the world, the GT-PHEV shows off the company’s new signature Dynamic Shield front design concept and uses a horizontal dashboard that creates a spacious ambiance, an instrument panel with a high centre console, and cockpit-like interior wraps around its people. It employs an advanced triple-motor PHEV system delivers superior motive performance to through a multitude of different weather and road surface conditions. It features a full-time four-wheel drive powertrain with Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system, bringing new levels of handling stability. Finally, GT-PHEV employs the latest in connected car technology that feeds to the car route information as well as data on weather and road surface conditions acquired from information networks and from on-board sensors and cameras in order to closely manage energy consumption such as electricity consumption and fuel economy as well as to provide all-wheel control best-suited to many motoring situations.
Vmotion 2.0 Concept
The Vmotion 2.0 concept combines a high sense of style, emotional design, space, comfort and technology to make the mobility experience seamless for busy professionals. Nissan Vmotion 2.0 is the evolution of the “V-motion” front design signature seen on many of today’s Nissan products, such as the Murano mid-size crossover and Maxima 4-door sports car. Vmotion 2.0 takes the design a step further by forming an intelligent three-dimensional shape to create the volume and architecture of the vehicle. In this concept, the V-motion grille becomes the main fuselage, allowing for extremely sharp yet expressive surface language, accented by crisp character lines that resonate throughout the body. Providing hints at the future of “Nissan Intelligent Mobility” – Nissan’s roadmap to achieve zero emissions and zero fatalities – the lighting around the front Nissan emblem glows to indicate when the vehicle is in ProPILOT mode, which is envisioned to provide autonomous driving support technology on urban roads and at intersections. Wrap-around rear glass and the floating C-pillar also provide an impression of intelligent and efficient aerodynamics.
The Rinspeed concept vehicle Oasis — the ingenious self-driving electric vehicle for the city and surrounding areas —refutes the deeply ingrained notion of the urban jungle that requires SUVs the size of battle tanks for the daily struggle for survival. This alternative concept: a manoeuvrable speedster with an integrated small garden plot behind the windshield.
Subaru VIZIV-7 is a concept series embodying the future vision of car development for the “enjoyment and peace of mind” that Subaru wants to provide to customers. With full three-row capability and Subaru’s DYNAMIC x SOLID design philosophy, Subaru VIZIV-7 SUV Concept shows the size direction of the all-new three-row midsize SUV to be introduced to the North American market in early 2018.
FCV Plus Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept
FCV Plus Concept – Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept – a Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept that embodies Toyota’s vision of a Hydrogen-based society. The FCV Plus has its own hydrogen tank, enabling it to generate electricity directly from hydrogen stored outside the vehicle, and transform it into a stable source of electric power for use at home, away or within the community.
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About the Canadian International AutoShow
With more than 650,000 square feet of exhibits, displays and attractions at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, the Canadian International AutoShow is not only the largest automotive expo in Canada, it is also the country’s largest consumer show — a leader in lifestyle, technology and all things automotive. Boasting more than 1,000 cars, trucks, SUVs, concept cars, exotics, classics, muscle cars, fully electric and autonomous vehicles, the 2017 AutoShow is helping celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday by showcasing Canadian collectors in each feature of the show. For more information or to buy tickets, please visit www.autoshow.ca.
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