Geneva Mo­tor Show 2018

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Lexus UX

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.

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