10 Futuristic cars that will rule the 2019 Geneva Motor Show
When you think of cars of the future, do you think of flying cars? While that may be a reality at some point, the innovations today are a lot more practical. The Geneva Motor Show was packed with modern concepts and designs.
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Every year in March, car manufacturers bring their latest and greatest innovations to Switzerland to show off their vehicles at the Geneva Motor Show. From aerodynamic wheels to driverless cars that can see to cars connected via 5G, the big brands are turning far-fetched and futuristic ideas into a reality.
Much like a fashion show, the technology we see will slowly trickle down to the consumer level and, soon enough, become the norm, paving the way for next year’s and next decade’s innovation. Here’s a look at 10 futuristic cars from the Geneva Motor Show that are taking us to the future.
Audi Q4 E-Tron Concept
Set to debut in 2020, the Audi Q4 E-tron is an electric car packed with aerodynamically designed wheels and a new interior design. The car comes with a floating center console and a large touchscreen above the dashboard. Just like the rest of the e-tron lineup, this car can accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in just 6.3 seconds. Its driver-oriented interior is just brimming with tech. And, the Singleframe on the outside makes it even more identifiable as a part of the Audi e-tron lineup.
Honda E Prototype
If the Honda EV concept from last year won your heart, the Honda E is going to make an even bigger impact. Compared to the retro three-door design of last year, the Honda E prototype has a more practical design with five doors. The single display is now divided into two touchscreens in the middle. Plus, there are rear-view monitors on the sides. It’s supposed to have a WLTP range of 200 kilometers / 124 miles and can charge up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. If there was a “lounge on wheels,” this has to be it, don’t you think?
Honda Dream Drive feature: First announced at CES 2017, the Honda Dream Drive offers seamless in-car driving with a suite of apps for both the driver and passengers.
Imagine by Kia Concept Car
This car isn’t about futuristic driving tech. Instead, it’s about emotion. As told by Gregory Guillaume, Kia’s vice president of design, in a statement:
Today’s drivers understandably have many questions about electric cars. They’re concerned about range, the recharging network and whether electric cars will still be dynamic and engaging to drive. So, when we first started thinking about this concept and imagining what its role would be, we knew that the best way to answer those questions and address those concerns was by approaching electrification purely from an emotional point of view.
What makes Imagine interesting is that as soon as you open the vehicle, you’re greeted by 21 individual ultra-high-resolution screens. No, that’s not a typo. These screens are there to help the driver enjoy birds-eye navigation.
Nissan IMQ Concept
Featuring an all-wheel-drive e-Power system, the Nissan IMQ car is a crossover concept from the Japanese manufacturer. The 100% electric motor is supplemented with a 1.5-liter petrol engine for charging the battery. This helps provide silky smooth acceleration. It also provides an all-wheel-drive setup and a multi-motor system to deliver a linear supply of energy to each wheel.
With a 78 kWh battery (72 kWh in China), EFAD + ERAD motors each offering 150 kW, 330 Nm of torque, and a targeted range of 500 km (WLTP/NEDC)/275 miles (EPA), this second car from the Polestar series packs an electric punch with a spark. Thanks to the Brembo brakes and adjustable Öhlins dampers, this car is more than just an electric powerhouse – it’s also impressively efficient. In fact, the Polestar 2 also uses “regen” braking to use the car’s momentum to recover energy during braking and not let it go to waste.
Volkswagen ID Buggy
First created in the 1960s, the classic American dune buggies just got a fun makeover thanks to Volkswagen. The ID Buggy is super futuristic yet simultaneously retro. The 201-horsepower electric motor in the rear gives it an expected range of 155 miles on the WLTP cycle. This fern green beauty is meant for short yet active distances.
Mercedes Benz GLC Class
The upgraded Mercedes Benz GLC class gets the more powerful GLC300’s I4 gas engine and also a tweaked interior with MBUX, the automaker’s latest infotainment system. The revised GLC will be available in two plug-in hybrid versions later this year. It’s not a revolutionary upgrade but, considering it’s been the best-selling SUV in the Mercedes lineup, this GLC class is worth a look.
Ferrari F8 Tributo Supercar
Borrowing its look from the 812 Superfast and other new Ferraris, this supercar has a 710-hp V8 engine just behind the driver. Not only is it aerodynamically efficient, but it’s also about 88 lbs. lighter than previous models. Everything from the dashboard to the door panels to the tunnel has been redesigned in this car.
Aston Martin Project 003
As a part of the next-gen of hypercars, the Project 003 a bit of a spaceship on wheels. This supercar comes with a new Aston Martin-built turbocharged V6 hybrid powertrain. Other features include a wild aerodynamic element called FlexFoil plus a special new Nexcel sealed oil system for the engine.
Ginetta’s new supercar
Coming with an all carbon monocoque, LMP-derived aerodynamics, and an in-house designed powertrain, Ginetta’s new supercar Akula is a power-driven package for the road. Taking this thing up to 200mph isn’t out of the ordinary. It’s just meant to be wild. It’s a true supercar in all possible ways.
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We haven’t included every supercar from the show on this list – these are just some our favorites. Did we miss out any? Share with us in the comments below.
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