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If you like to keep abreast of what cars will look like in the future, then you’ll want to check out these five concept cars that were unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit from Jan. 14-22.
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Why it was built: To demonstrate Infiniti’s vision for its next generation of midsize premium crossover
Fun fact: It features Forged Bronze paint with three times the amount of metal flake that is in the typical paint finish of a production auto.
Will it go into production: Most likely — Historically, Infiniti reveals concept cars that are close in design to future car models.
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Why it was built: To show a new style of full-size cars that are an alternative to the classic SUV
Fun fact: It uses a gas engine and electric motor to create a plug-in hybrid system that generates 516.3 pounds-to-feet of torque and travels 0-62.1 mph in 5.4 seconds.
Will it go into production: Yes — Audi expects to have a production version available in 2018.
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Why it was built: To show Nissan’s future design direction for front-end styling; to highlight autonomous driving capabilities of Nissan Intelligent Driving
Fun fact: The rear doors open from the front, creating a wide opening to ease ingress/egress for all occupants.
Will it go into production: Not likely in this design — but styling elements will probably be seen in future Nissan car models.
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Why it was built: To demonstrate what the Microbus of the future would look like
Fun fact: The steering wheel retracts and merges into the instrument panel when it is moved from manual driving mode to the fully-autonomous mode that it calls “I.D. Pilot.”
Will it go into production: Maybe, but not for a while — Volkswagen’s goal is to offer a full-line of all-electric vehicles by 2025.
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Why it was built: This crossover with a coupe-like profile highlights a new model that will fall between X1 and X2 models
Fun fact: Laser-light technology is used to create the very slim, hexagonal-shaped lights with a blue “X” in the center.
Will it go into production: Yes — most likely as a 2019 model next year.
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