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10 Top Concepts Heading to Production

Automakers have been teasing car buyers with concept cars since the dawn of the automobile age. Some are pure flights of fancy, never to go on sale to the buying public. But some hint at vehicles that car buyers will find at their local dealers sooner than later. Alphabetically, here are KBB.ca’s Top 10 Concepts Heading to Production.

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Acura Type-S

Debuting during the 2019 Monterey Car Week in California, the Acura Type-S concept marks the Japanese brand’s return to performance-focused variants. The Type S uses a wide stance, contoured flanks, long hood and low roof to convey power and agile dynamics. While the concept hints at a future production version of the current TLX mid-size sedan, Acura is promising another Type S performance model in the next two years.

 

Alfa Romeo Tonale

A compact SUV slotted below the current Stelvio, the Alfa Romeo Tonale concept previews a production version that will also be the Italian brand’s first plug-in hybrid. Using a 4-cylinder gas engine mated to an electric motor, the small Alfa SUV makes up to 240 horsepower. First seen at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the Tonale will be built on the same platform as the Jeep Renegade/Fiat 500X.

 

Audi Q4 e-tron

Also debuting at last year’s Geneva show, the Audi Q4 e-tron concept is a precursor to a production compact SUV that will slot below the current Audi e-tron in size and price. Powered by an 82-kWh lithium-ion battery pack mounted in the floor, the Audi Q4 e-tron concept boasts 300 horsepower from its two electric motors, giving it AWD capability and a single-charge range of around 450 kilometres.

 

BMW Concept i4

A concept scheduled to debut at this year’s cancelled Geneva show, the BMW Concept i4 is a thinly veiled version of the production i4 electric sedan. Like the Q4 e-tron, the new BMW electric vehicle promises a range of 450 kilometres. With a more conventional 4-door body Gran Coupe style, the Concept i4 adopts the massive grille from the previous Concept 4 but with more production-ready details.

 

Lexus LC Convertible

First seen at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit , the Lexus LC Convertible concept projects what an open-top version of the existing LC Coupe could look like. The production version of the concept would likely share the same powertrains as the hardtop, which includes the LC 500’s 5.0-litre V8, which makes 471 horsepower delivered to the rear wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission.

 

Mazda MX-30

Revealed at its home auto show in Tokyo in 2019, the MX-30 is Mazda's first pure-electric vehicle. Equipped with a 35.5-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the MX-30 deploys small rear-hinged doors for the second row like Mazda's past RX-8 sports car. Going on sale in Europe first, Canadian buyers may have to wait until late 2021 to buy the electric Mazda.

 

Nissan Ariya

Nissan wants you to think of its Ariya concept as a future SUV version of the Japanese automaker's iconic Leaf electric vehicle. Similar in size to the current Nissan Rogue compact SUV, the Ariya is an electric SUV that looks only a few steps away from showrooms. Expect the production version of the Ariya to go on sale in 2021 with an affordable price tag and competitive electric range.

 

Polestar Precept

Polestar, a recently launched offshoot of Volvo that focuses on electric vehicles, has so far unveiled two production models: the Polestar 1 plug-in-hybrid coupe and the battery-electric Polestar 2 4-door. Now, the company is looking ahead with the Polestar Precept, another all-electric concept that was scheduled to debut at this year’s Geneva show. Targeted at Tesla’s Model S, the Precept Concept is a low-slung 4-door EV “grand tourer.” Like previous Polestar concepts, expect the Precept to go into production sooner rather than later.

 

Subaru Levorg Prototype

Revealed at the last Tokyo Motor Show, the Subaru Levorg Prototype teases not only the next-generation of the Japanese-market Levorg compact wagon but also the Canadian market's next next-generation Impreza WRX and STI models. Like much of the Subaru product now offered in Canada, the Levorg rides on the company's new global platform — something the WRX and STI won't see until their redesign until late this year or early 2021.

 

Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion

Dubbed by its maker as a “crossover of tomorrow,” the all-electric Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion concept, revealed at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show, looks more like a traditional wagon. VW claims 500 kilometres of electric range and up to 335 total system horsepower. Based on VW’s electric car architecture that has already spawned the production ID 4 compact SUV planned for Canada in 2021, the ID. Space Vizzion concept will also go into production.

 

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