Geneva Motor Show 2018
Meet the new smallest crossover from Lexus, the UX. At 5.3 inches shorter than an NX, the UX is the first Lexus on the new Global Architecture-compact, the luxury version of the Toyota Next Generation Architecture. The base UX 200 will feature a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 168 hp and a unique continuously variable transmission with an independent first gear. A 176-hp UX 350h all-wheel-drive hybrid will also be available, as will F Sport models with improved handling and racy trim. The advanced Lexus Safety System+ suite of driver aids will be standard. Expect the UX to start well below the $37,000 NX.
Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept
Roughly translated as “the common thread,” this concept previews the styling direction for the Hyundai brand. The design language is called “Sensual Purity” and purports to balance four key criteria: proportion, architecture, style, and technology. The interior is even more striking with its minimalist design and hidden ventilation system, which uses the tubular dash to direct airflow.
BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept
If the BMW 8 Series concept was neither practical nor sporty enough for you, may we present the M8 Gran Coupe concept? The pair will replace the 6 Series coupe and Gran Coupe in the near future, and this sleek four-door previews an M variant to come after the standard cars. BMW has provided little detail on the car aside from its carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic roof and the name of its wild green paint—salève Vert—but the reasonable proportions and production-ready features suggest a preview of the final design.
Aston Martin Lagonda Vision Concept
If the million-dollar but otherwise-traditional Taraf sedan had you worried the rebooted Lagonda brand wouldn’t take any chances, you need to see the Lagonda Vision concept. A few key Lagonda design themes are the only carryovers. Going forward, all Lagondas will be pure EVS designed with autonomous driving in mind and a targeted 400-mile range. The first all-new Lagonda, a sedan influenced by this concept, will launch in 2021. An SUV and coupe are expected to follow, and the cars will use solid-state batteries once commercially viable. The emphasis will be on interior space and personal luxury, with room for an NBA small forward to stretch out.
VW I.D. Vizzion Concept
Never mind the silly spelling, the I.D. Vizzion concept is a double preview of future Volkswagens. The car itself is taller and wider than an Audi A8 and just 4 inches shorter in length and 1 inch shorter in wheelbase. It has no steering wheel or pedals, imagining what a Level 5 fully autonomous car might look like in 2030. Underneath, it’s built on VW’S all-new MEB EV architecture, which features front and rear electric motors with a combined 302 hp and a 111-kw-hr battery for a roughly 300-mile range. A production car will make its debut in 2022 with traditional controls and Level 4 automated driving technology.