Detroit Auto Show 2015: coolest concept cars

Detroit Auto Show 2015: coolest concept cars

January 22nd 2015 | Benjamin Yong
Infiniti Q60 Concept rear
The 2015 Detroit Auto Show was ripe with concept cars, like this Infiniti Q60 pictured above. Photos by Benjamin Yong.


Auto show season is always exciting because consumers can get idea of which new vehicles to add to their shopping list during the months to come. But the other anticipated part of the shows is all the cool concept cars that manufacturers tease audiences with, often indicating a new design direction or hinting at what’s going to end up in production at a later date. Here are three examples from the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS).

Infiniti Q60 Concept

Infiniti Q60 Concept

Even though technically still a concept, we know a new Q60 is coming — and there’s a good chance it will resemble the sport coupe that premiered at NAIAS. With a two-plus-two configuration and a twin-turbo, direct-injection 3.0-litre V6 motor, the Q60 is part of a new generation of Infinitis that utilize smaller, more efficient high-performance powerplants. Some interesting visual elements include the dual front bumper chin intakes and the massive gloss black 21-inch wheels.

Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept

Hyundai Santa Cruz Crossover Truck Concept

The Santa Cruz is definitely not your typical truck. Hyundai says it’s intended for the Millennial generation who want a utility vehicle that fits into their do-it-all lifestyle. That explains the more compact, manoeuvrable size, the fuel-efficient 2.0 L turbo diesel powertrain matched with HTRAC all-wheel drive, and its aggressive, sporty appearance. Although the Santa Cruz looks like it doesn’t have much of a truck bed, the tailgate can extend to a length matching most conventional mid-size pickups.

Volkswagen Cross Coupe GTE

There were rumours that Volkswagen was bringing a new seven-seater SUV to the North American market, and VW gave people a preview of what that might look like with the Cross Coupe GTE (Grand Turismo Electric) plug-in hybrid. Capable of driving up to 32 kilometres on electric power, the engine produces 355 horsepower that can get this ice blue hybrid from 0 to 100 km/h in six seconds. There’s also an all-wheel drive system and an off-road mode for when the paved path ends. 

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Benjamin Yong is a freelance journalist and communications professional living in Richmond, B.C. He is often found writing about cars and the auto industry, amongst other things, or driving around in his work-in-progress 1990 Mazda MX-5.

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