The 31 coolest concept cars revealed in 2018

The Renault EZ-Go concept.

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The Renault EZ-Go concept.
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  • Concept cars allow auto companies to lay out their vision for the future.
  • While the specs and features assigned to these vehicles may be far-fetched and somewhat arbitrary, their basic features can point toward where auto companies are spending their research and development money.
  • Autonomy and electrification were two of the biggest themes that characterized many of this year’s concept cars.
  • BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche released some of 2018’s coolest concept cars.

Concept cars allow auto companies to lay out their vision for the future. While the specs and features assigned to these vehicles may be far-fetched and somewhat arbitrary, their basic features can point toward where auto companies are spending their research and development money.

Taken together, the concept cars released in a given year can serve as a preview of where the auto industry is headed or as an opportunity to show off ideas that may never be commercially viable or technologically feasible.

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Autonomy and electrification were two of the biggest themes that characterized many of this year’s concept cars. Some concept cars didn’t have steering wheels or traditional front and back seats, allowing them to imagine seating arrangements where passengers might face each other or lie down and sleep on a full-sized bed. Businesses could use these speculative, driverless vehicles to deliver food or packages.

Other concept cars embodied the auto industry’s past and present, appealing to fans of gas-powered SUVs, pickup trucks, and sports cars.

Unconventional styling is also a feature common to many concept cars, as designers take the opportunity to test out exterior and interior designs that may never actually get used in production cars.

These are the 31 coolest concept cars of 2018.


BMW Vision iNext

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Highlights: autonomous driving technology, a projector that can show images or videos on objects held by passengers, a touch control feature that allows drivers and passengers to change vehicle settings by drawing on their seats with their fingers


Volkswagen I.D. Buzz Cargo

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Highlights: solar roof, Level-4 autonomy, over 340 miles of range


Byton K-Byte

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Byton

Highlights: Level-4 autonomy, up to a 325-mile range


Byton M-Byte

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Byton

Highlights: individually-adjustable seats, gesture control features, 49-inch touchscreen


Audi E-Tron GT

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Audi

Highlights: 248 miles of range, 590 horsepower, 0-60 mph in about 3.5 seconds


Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion

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Volkswagen

Highlights: Level-5 autonomy, 302 horsepower, 413-mile range


BMW iX3

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BMW

Highlights: over 249 miles of range, ability to charge in 30 minutes using a 150 kW charger


Infiniti Q Inspiration

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Infiniti

Highlights: variable compression ratio engine, touchscreens for each passenger


Infiniti Prototype 10

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Infiniti

Highlights: single seat, electrified powertrain


Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

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Volkswagen

Highlights: 355 horsepower, 266 pound-feet of torque


Lexus LF-1 Limitless

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Lexus

Highlights: motion-activated controls, autonomous driving technology


Lexus LC 500 Inspiration

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Lexus

Highlights: 471 horsepower, 5.0 liter V8 engine


Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak

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Volkswagen

Highlights: 276 horsepower, 266 pound-feet of torque


Genesis Essentia

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Genesis

Highlights: 0-60 mph in three seconds, multiple motors


Toyota e-Palette

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Toyota

Highlights: autonomous driving technology, customizable interior


Hyundai Le Fil Rogue

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Hyundai

Highlights: ergonomically-optimized driver’s seat, large touchscreen


BMW M8 Gran Coupe

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BMW

Highlights: light-alloy wheels


Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo

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Porsche

Highlights: over 600 horsepower, around 250 miles of range


Porsche 911 Speedster

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Porsche

Highlights: over 500 horsepower, six-speed manual transmission


Aston Martin Lagonda Vision

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Aston Martin

Highlights: Level-4 autonomy, rear-hinged back doors


Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow

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Mercedes-Benz

Highlights: 738 horsepower, over 250 miles of range


Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic

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Mercedes-Benz

Highlights: customizable platform, autonomous driving technology


Renault EZ-Go

The Renault EZ-Go concept.

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Renault

Highlights: Level-4 autonomy


Renault EZ-Ultimo

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Renault

Highlights: Level-4 autonomy, swiveling seat


Renault EZ-Pro

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Renault

Highlights: autonomous driving technology, four-wheel steering


Nissan Xmotion

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Nissan

Highlights: digital mirror, gesture control


Jeep 4Speed

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FCA

Highlights: 2.0-liter, I-4 turbocharged engine, eight-speed automatic transmission


Jeep Sandstorm

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FCA

Highlights: 6.4 liter V-8 engine, six-speed manual transmission


Buick Enspire

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Buick

Highlights: augmented reality heads-up display, 370-mile range


Audi PB 18 e-tron

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Audi

Highlights: 310-mile range, 612 pound-feet of torque


Volvo 360c

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Volvo

Highlights: autonomous driving technology