• 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.

Read more: We drove a $246,000 Bentley Bentayga SUV to see if it’s ready to do battle with Rolls-Royce and Lamborghini. Here’s the verdict.

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.

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


Byton M-Byte

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


Audi E-Tron GT

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


Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion

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


BMW iX3

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


Infiniti Q Inspiration

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Highlights: variable compression ratio engine, touchscreens for each passenger


Infiniti Prototype 10

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Highlights: single seat, electrified powertrain


Volkswagen Atlas Cross Sport

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Highlights: 355 horsepower, 266 pound-feet of torque


Lexus LF-1 Limitless

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Highlights: motion-activated controls, autonomous driving technology


Lexus LC 500 Inspiration

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Highlights: 471 horsepower, 5.0 liter V8 engine


Volkswagen Atlas Tanoak

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Highlights: 276 horsepower, 266 pound-feet of torque


Genesis Essentia

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


Toyota e-Palette

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Highlights: autonomous driving technology, customizable interior


Hyundai Le Fil Rogue

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


BMW M8 Gran Coupe

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Highlights: light-alloy wheels


Porsche Mission E Cross Turismo

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Highlights: over 600 horsepower, around 250 miles of range


Porsche 911 Speedster

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Highlights: over 500 horsepower, six-speed manual transmission


Aston Martin Lagonda Vision

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


Mercedes-Benz Vision EQ Silver Arrow

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Highlights: 738 horsepower, over 250 miles of range


Mercedes-Benz Vision Urbanetic

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Highlights: customizable platform, autonomous driving technology


Renault EZ-Go

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Highlights: Level-4 autonomy


Renault EZ-Ultimo

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Highlights: Level-4 autonomy, swiveling seat


Renault EZ-Pro

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Highlights: autonomous driving technology, four-wheel steering


Nissan Xmotion

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Highlights: digital mirror, gesture control


Jeep 4Speed

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


Jeep Sandstorm

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


Buick Enspire

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


Audi PB 18 e-tron

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


Volvo 360c

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Highlights: autonomous driving technology