Automakers are pushing bold, innovative ideas forward with their latest concept cars.
Whether it’s a car with nothing inside but a sofa and TV or an electric car resembling the Batmobile, concept cars give us a glimpse of how technology will shape the future of driving.
Scroll down for our round-up of the 25 coolest concept cars released so far this year:
1. Volkswagen unveiled an electric microbus concept meant to give a modern spin to the classic Volkswagen bus at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The microbus can drive up to 600km on a single charge, according to Volkswagen.
The whole microbus is extremely connected. You can open the door by waving your hand in front of it, and also control the microbus' massive display with hand gestures.
The BUDD-e's interface also allows drivers to control things like the temperature and lighting in their house. The main purpose of the BUDD-e unveiling was to show Volkswagen's modular electric MEB architecture that will be exclusively used on the company's electric vehicles going forward.
2. Faraday Future also showed off its electric concept car, the FFZERO1, at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Faraday claims the concept car can accelerate to 100km/h in under 3 seconds.
Faraday also said the car can reach a top speed of 350km/h. The car is capable of learning the driver's preferences and automatically adjusting the internal settings to his or her liking.
3. LeEco, a Chinese tech company, unveiled its electric concept car in April. Called the LeSEE, the car has a top speed of 209km/h and comes with an autonomous mode.
The LeSee is meant to be used in a fleet setting so you can summon it with a smartphone to autonomously pick you up. The car comes with a host of advanced features, like a steering wheel that can retract into the dashboard and infotainment displays for rear passengers.
4. The Lincoln Navigator concept car comes with giant gullwing doors. It was unveiled at the New York Auto Show in March.
Lincoln didn't share any specs for the car, but did highlight features like its six seats that can be adjusted 30 different ways. There's also entertainment consoles on the back of four seats so passengers can watch TV or play games.
There's even a built-in wardrobe management system in the trunk so you can turn your car into part walk-in closet.
5. BMW's Vision Next 100 was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March. It comes with an AI system called Companion that can learn your driving preferences and adjust accordingly in advance.
The steering wheel will retract into the dashboard when the car is in autonomous mode. There's also a heads-up display that will show information about your route on the windshield.
6. BMW added to its Vision 100 line in June. Here we see the Mini Vision Next 100 that was built for ridesharing.
The steering wheel will shift into the center of the console when the car is in autonomous mode. The car also comes with a heads-up display that will show information about your route on the windshield.
7. BMW also added a futuristic Rolls-Royce to its Vision 100 line over the summer. The car is completely autonomous, which is why...
8. McLaren unveiled a stunning concept car called the 675LT JVCKENWOOD at the Consumer Electronics Show.
The car comes with a steering wheel that looks like a video game controller! The wheel can be used to control a heads-up display while in motion.
Specs for the concept car weren't provided.
9. Italian automaker Pininfarina unveiled a beautiful hydrogen-powered concept car at the Geneva Motor Show. It has a top speed of 300km/h and can accelerate to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds.
Pininfarina is doing a limited production run of 10 cars, scheduled for completion before the end of 2017.
10. Audi unveiled its connected mobility concept car in April. There's a longboard integrated in the bumper in case you want to roll from the parking lot to work.
The car's infotainment system can calculate the fastest route based on real-time data and will suggest using the longboard if that seems faster.
Aston Martin made the car with Italian auto design company Zagato. The two have worked together since 1960.
Aston Martin didn't release many details about the car, including its specs, but it sure is pretty.
The Wrangler Trailcat concept had to be stretched to 30cm to accommodate the massive engine providing 707hp.
13. Toyota unveiled a strange-looking, electric concept car dubbed the uBox to appeal to Generation Z in April.
The interior is entirely customisable so the seats can be moved to transform it into a mobile office or fit more people.
14. French automaker Renault showed off a stunning, high-tech sports car dubbed the Alpine Vision in February.
Renault said the car can accelerate to 100km/h in 4.5 seconds. The interior is decked out with an LCD gauge cluster in the center console.
15. Croatian automaker Rimac designed a stunning, all-electric concept car for the Geneva Motor Show. It can reach a top speed of 300km/h and accelerate to 100km/h in just 2.6 seconds.
There's no word on the car's range, but Rimac said it has more than 8,000 battery cells to ensure 'optimal conditions for a long battery life and long-term performance.'
The concept is capable of hitting 100km/h in less than 4 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h, according to Mercedes. It boasts a range over 320km/h.
The concept comes with rear-hinged doors and a large display for controlling navigation and media. The hybrid can produce between 250 to 300hp.
18. Lexus showed off its UX concept at the Paris Motor Show, which comes with a massive set of wheels.
But more intriguing is the concept's interior that replaces the driver's instrument with a hologram globe.
19. Mercedes showed off its electric SUV concept with a 500km range at the Paris Motor Show in September. A production version of the car is slated to hit the roads in 2019.
The interior comes with a massive, 24-inch display that shows speed, range, driving data, and navigation information.
20. Volkswagen unveiled its 'revolutionary' electric concept car, the ID, that it says can get a range between 400km and 600km at the Paris Motor Show. The production version of the car is coming in 2020.
21. Cadillac showed of its luxury concept car, the Escala, in August. It's a four-door sedan with a lot of space in the trunk.
A curved OLED display composed of three separate screens takes up the entire dashboard. The displays can be controlled by voice command or hand gestures
22. Renault showed of its Trezor concept car at the Paris Motor Show. It can accelerate to 100km/h in less than 4 seconds. Its electric motor has maximum power of 350hp.
23. Mercedes showed off two versions of its X-Class concept truck in October. The one pictured here is dubbed the 'Stylish Explorer' and comes with 22-inch wheels and a luxurious interior with wood and aluminium accents.
The other is called the 'Powerful Adventurer' and is a bit more understated. It fits five and comes with chunky tyres for off-roading. As an added bonus, it comes with a fire extinguisher!
24. Acura showed off its Precision Concept at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year. The concept, with its long silhouette, is meant to guide the future Acura designs.
25. Lastly, Subaru unveiled a new SUV concept, dubbed the VIZIV-7, in November. The car will serve as the foundation for a three-row production model coming to the North American market in 2018.
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