The future is here

All concept cars previewed in Detroit are set to head for the showrooms in the coming years


What is it: BMW is previewing the looks of the replacement for today's 3-series. The F30-based coupe will come with the 4-series badge, giving the Germans a good reason to charge more money for it.

Will it be made: Certainly, by next year, and practically looking like this.

Nissan Resonance

What is it: This is how the next-generation Muranu SUV could look. Also previewed is a new 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid and next-generation CVT automatic.

Will it be made: It should, but toned down significantly. Drivetrain set to appear in next year's all-new Teana.

Volkswagen BlueCross

What is it: The Germans want to offer a more cost-effective mid-size SUV below the Touareg flagship. The BlueCross comes with seven seats and uses the brand's latest MQB platform and 2.0-litre diesel-turbo.

Will it be made: Yup, but probably just for North America.

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

What is it: After creating a rear-wheel-drive flagship saloon to rival upmarket brands, the Koreans are looking into making the next Genesis sportier than ever with a sleek coupe-like profile.

Will it be made: Likely, but only for Korea and the States.

Ford Atlas

What is it: Ford says the Atlas is providing a glimpse of what future pickups could look like. Also showcased are Ecoboost engines and automatic stop-start system to reduce fuel economy.

Will it be made: As the next F150 to rival the US-only Chevy and GMC full-size trucks.

Acura MDX

What is it: Honda says the MDX is still a prototype, despite proper parts for the showroom-ready model that will rival the BMW X5 and Lexus RX. Power sounds a little ordinary: 3.5-litre V6 petrol.

Will it be made: Yes, and maybe as Honda's next Pilot, as well.

Lincoln MKC Concept

What is it: Ford is still desperate to make the Lincoln a credible luxury brand that has yet to go beyond the US and China. Seen here is the MKC compact SUV based on the Ford Kuga/Escape.

Will it be made: Yes, but Thais shouldn't bother _ even with the donor car, we hear.


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