January 22, 2013
BMW 4 Series Coupe
What’s a 4 Series? For the time being, it’s a coupe, but a convertible will appear later. Where’s the 3 Series Coupe? Going, going, gone. The 4 Series is longer and wider than the outgoing 3 Series Coupe, and from all angles it’s a beautiful creation. BMW likens it to a downsized 6 Series Coupe. This car looks ready for the road; expect its official launch later in 2013.
BMW 4 Series Coupe & Nissan Resonance Concept. Click images to enlarge
This is a striking piece of kit. Another concept, it’s likely the next Murano, or something like it. Remember how radical the original Murano looked? The Resonance makes a similar impression. It’s a hybrid with 22-inch wheels, all angles and sculpted surfaces. It has a so-called “floating” glass roof and won a Best Concept Vehicle award at the show.
Ford Atlas Concept
The Atlas Pickup Truck Concept is a technology showcase from Ford that hints at the next F-Series pickup truck. It features a host of smart technologies as well as foreshadowing the future of Ecoboost engines in this best-selling truck. Of course, much of this truck will not make it to production, but it does look cool.
Ford Atlas Concept & Lincoln MKC Concept. Click images to enlarge
Lincoln MKC Concept
The luxury market is growing, and Lincoln continues to find a large role in it. With products like the Lincoln MKC, they may succeed. This is a very appealing mid-size SUV featuring a design that finally seems fully formed. It’s a concept at this point, but this vehicle was a pleasant surprise at the Detroit show. Executive Vice President Global Marketing, Jim Farley says it strikes a “balance between all-out performance and comfort.” Looks good, too!
The Cadenza takes aim at entry level luxury automobiles like the Acura TSX, Lexus ES and Lincoln MKZ. Replacing the long-gone and mostly forgotten Amanti, the Kia Cadenza is based on the Hyundai Azera that is not sold on this side of the border. Power will come from the same 3.3L V6 sending 293 hp to the front wheels.
Although officially designated a crossover to slot in between the Tiguan and Touareg, the CrossBlue Concept is more like a non-sliding-door minivan. With three rows of seats, all-wheel drive and an attractive exterior, the CrossBlue would be a welcome replacement to the ill-fitting and poor-selling Routan in Volkswagen’s lineup.
Oh, did we forget to mention the concept is powered by a plug-in diesel hybrid powertrain? A production vehicle based on the CrossBlue is destined for North American markets, but the concept is powered by a diesel-hybrid powertrain combining VW’s celebrated TDI engine with a couple of electric motors. Apparently it’ll get 2.1 L/100 km, but don’t expect to be able to buy diesel hybrids anytime soon, unless VW can figure out how to make them affordable.
Volkswagen CrossBlue & Cross Coupe. Click images to enlarge
Volkswagen Cross Coupe
This is nice. Nobody was talking about it much, with most of the attention focused on the CrossBlue. Is it a Tiguan replacement (not due here for a couple of years, but you never know), or is it a whole other model? It’s another diesel-hybrid, apparently making 300+ horsepower, although this one has four seats. It looks ready to come to market, and a TDI would suit just fine, thank you very much.