Every year, one of the most anticipated aspects of the auto show is the reveal of manufacturer’s latest concepts. Serving as a glimpse into the future of their respective brands, the concepts are the most exciting part of any auto show for many enthusiasts. When the 2015 Canadian International Auto Show came around, we were pleased to see such a wide variety of concepts on display. While many have been revealed elsewhere in the world, many are still a first in-the-flesh sighting for a lot of show attendees.
Based on the Maserati GranTurismo MC Stradale chasis, the Alfieri concept is a seductive peek into the future of Maserati’s design. The 2+2 layout of the coupe looks back, paying homage to classic Maserati coupes, but the styling looks into the future, and the future looks stunning. The GranTurismo’s 4.7L V8 supplies the Alfieri with a generous 460 horsepower and 384 lb-ft of torque via a six-speed automated manual transmission. While technically still a concept, Maserati has promised that we can at least expect something very similar in the coming few years.
Subaru VIZIV 2
The VIZIV 2 is Subaru’s latest vision: a plug-in hybrid crossover with rugged looks. Up front sits a 1.6L boxer engine paired to a high-torque-compatible CVT transmission assisted by one motor in the front, and two more in the rear. Subaru also notes that their AWD system has become even more sophisticated with the addition of the independent motors, allowing the car to effectively manage traction according to conditions on the fly. The concept promises sportiness, comfort and advanced technology such as autonomous driving for future Subaru crossovers.
Nissan’s BladeGlider concept isn’t completely new, but it is different. The concept made its debut at the Tokyo Motor Show in 2013, and has only now made its way to Toronto. The concept envisions an electric three-seater with a very narrow front end. The design is certainly something unique, and we imagine it would function as a summer car only in the Canadian market.
Kia GT4 Stinger
Canada’s second look at the GT4 Stinger concept came with this year’s show as well. This time around, we got an idea of the direction Kia would be taking their sporty looking coupe. Notable features include a 4-cylinder engine that makes over 300 horsepower, rear-wheel drive, and a bare-bones concept that excludes a radio and other standard amenities.
The Elmiraj concept might be a look into the future of a Cadillac flagship. The long body design has an incredibly demanding presence about it, and introduces some new design cues to the Cadillac lineup. The interior still seems like it could be fantasy, but it isn’t so wild that it is outside the realm of possibility. Under the hood, a 4.5L V8 makes a respectable 500 horsepower.
Branding itself as “the future of mobility”, Toyota’s latest concept took the to floor at CIAS, driving in an enclosed test area. The zero emissions electric three-wheeler is somewhat of a cross between bike and car, featuring a responsive active lean system to maintain balance and stability. The vehicle has been tested on public roads in both Japan and France, and development is expected to continue towards production. With a 50 km range per charge, we could see this being a popular method of city transport.
A long awaited arrival for many, the Toyota FT-1 looked incredible in a fiery red. Often hailed as “the new Supra” by enthusiasts, show-goers are eager to learn more about the next generation of Toyota performance. For now, details remain scarce.
Mini Superleggera Vision
“British born. Italian tailored.” That is the motto behind Mini’s newest creation, the Superleggera Vision concept. Mini’s design team partnered with Touring Superleggera, one of Italy’s most prominent coach builders, to produce something completely new for the Mini brand. The design evokes memories of both British and Italian roadsters alike, and features a fully electric power plant. At this point, BMW remains tight-lipped about any technical specifications.
2017 Ford GT
While not technically a concept, as it’s been given the green light for production, we felt it necessary to include the new Ford GT. No concept was ever teased for the new domestic supercar because the project was kept under wraps until its big reveal in Detroit. It’s worth noting that the Ford GT models will be built right here in Markham, Ontario. How cool is that?