Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept: First Look and Gallery

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Looks like: George Jetson's Land Rover with plenty of wraparound glass, rear-hinged doors, a sleek profile and laser headlights

Defining characteristics: Ultra-configurable seating for four to seven passengers as well as a host of from-the-future gadgets

Ridiculous features: It's the ultimate luxury toy with a remote control system that allows you to control the SUV from your smartphone

Chance of being mass-produced: Land Rover confirmed that a new family of vehicles under the Defender umbrella will be produced — we're betting not one of them will be remote-controlled

One thing we've noticed ahead of the 2014 New York International Auto Show is that concept cars are few and far between. In fact, Land Rover may have one of the only concept reveals — but what a concept it is. The Discovery Vision Concept gives us a hint at the automaker's plans for a family of new SUVs along with a glimpse into some pretty out-there technology.

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Land Rover says the design embodies the "ultimate leisure SUV," and nowhere is that more apparent than inside. The cabin is finished in two types of washable and water- and oil-repellent leather along with wood veneer on the floors and instrument panel and Harris tweed accents — how very British.

The SUV concept's highly configurable cabin makes room for anywhere from four to seven passengers with seats that fold, slide and even convert into a tablelike surface. But don't start looking for the buttons and levers yet — all of this is done via a touch-screen menu.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 15, 2014 | Comments (3)

Land Rover Discovery Vision Concept Headed to the New York Auto Show

Land Rover is planning to debut a new concept with a very storied name at the New York International Auto Show, but the concept doesn't just preview one new Land Rover SUV, rather it marks a whole new sub-brand for the automaker. Land Rover says the Discovery Vision Concept "will showcase the design and technology vision for a future new family of Discovery vehicles."

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The first-generation of the Discovery was introduced in England 25 years ago and was eventually known in the U.S. as the LR4. Based on the dark teaser video above, the Discovery Vision Concept appears to be LR4-sized and offer configurable seating for seven, hinting at that model's eventual replacement.

Check out the teaser video for more details and check back with us in mid-April for more Land Rover news from the 2014 New York Auto Show.

By Jennifer Geiger | April 3, 2014 | Comments (1)

Maserati Shows Alfieri Concept, Makes Us Excited for Next GranTurismo

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The 2014 Geneva International Motor Show is in full swing, and one of the highlights is the sexy concept coupe from Maserati, the Alfieri. Built on the occasion of Maserati's 100th anniversary, it's meant to point the direction of future Maserati sports cars. The company's only coupe is currently the GranTurismo, which is starting to get a little long in the tooth, and always has been considered more of a boulevardier than a sports car.

By Aaron Bragman | March 6, 2014 | Comments (1)

560 Horsepower Means Infiniti is Serious About Eau Rouge

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There are sport sedans and then there are sport sedans. For years BMW has played in this arena with the M3, Mercedes-Benz with the C63 AMG and Audi with the RS 4 and RS 5. Now it seems Infiniti wants a piece of the super-high-performance segment with its Q50 in the skin of the Eau Rouge concept that we first saw at the 2014 Detroit auto show in January.

The problem then was Infiniti didn't reveal the engine that would be under the hood.

Related: Infiniti Q50 Eau Rogue Concept Photo Gallery (23 Photos)

Today, its proudly announcing that there's a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-6 under the hood good for 560 horsepower. Sound familiar?

It's the same engine that powers Nissan's GT-R supercar, which in its latest incarnation takes the engine's total output to 600 horses.

Like the GT-R, the engine is teamed to an all-wheel-drive system and mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission for a zero-to-60-mph time of less than 4 seconds.

There's no confirmation that this uber Q will make it to production, but it'd be hard for Infiniti to back down from challenging the likes of its above-mentioned competitors along with Cadillac's powerful V models after this announcement.

By David Thomas | March 4, 2014 | Comments (1)

Mazda Reveals Hazumi Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

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Mazda is on a styling roll these days with the beautiful Mazda6 sedan and appealing Mazda3 compact making waves for their swoopy looks. That leaves the small Mazda2 next in line for a revision. We may have just gotten a look at its future with the unveiling of the new Hazumi concept at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.

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Featuring the latest version of Mazda's "Kodo" design language, the company likes to draw comparisons to animals for the look of the subcompact five-door hatchback. Phrases such as "cheetah-like face" with the "look of an animal on the prowl" are not inappropriate. However, the Hazumi does have a dynamic, sculpted look that wouldn't be out of place in Mazda showrooms as the next Mazda2. The lines almost evoke an Alfa Romeo feel to the car, with elements of Mazda's other vehicles thrown in.

By Aaron Bragman | March 4, 2014 | Comments (1)

Subaru VIZIV 2 Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

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Looks like: Yet another dynamic-looking concept from Subaru

Defining characteristics: Plug-in hybrid powertrain

Ridiculous features: Scissor-like front doors; they're hinged at the front corners and open upward

Chance of being mass-produced: Subaru has announced plans to replace the Tribeca, its largest SUV; could the concept be a preview of the Tribeca’s replacement? 

Subaru spells "vision for innovation" VIZIV with its new crossover concept. Versions of the hybrid concept were shown at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show as well as the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, but this iteration, called VIZIV 2, has four doors and room for four adult passengers, according to Subaru.

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Part of the VIZIV 2 concept's front end should ring some bells; it wears a large hexagon-shaped grille that's similar to the redesigned-for-2015 Legacy. The slitlike headlights that flank it are reminiscent of those on the 2015 WRX. The striking circular LED fog lamps, however, don't really share the Subaru family resemblance. 

By Jennifer Geiger | March 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Mini Clubman Concept Photo Gallery (17 Photos)

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The Mini Clubman Concept could herald some big changes to the current three-door subcompact. First and foremost, the Clubman Concept is substantially longer than the Mini Cooper Hardtop and has four full doors and room for five passengers. Check out the photo gallery below and read our First Look at the concept car here.

By Matt Schmitz | February 26, 2014 | Comments (2)

Mini Clubman Concept: First Look

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The saying goes that you can never have enough money or chocolate, but it seems that you can also add "kinds of Mini Cooper " to that list as well, as the brand continues to come out with variants on the original three-door subcompact.

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The latest, the Mini Clubman Concept, is distinctly different than the current production Clubman. It's longer than the new Mini Cooper Hardtop, but unlike the last Clubman, it has four full doors and room for five passengers, essentially making it a four-door Mini Cooper.

By Aaron Bragman | February 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

Where To Find the Concept Cars at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

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Some of the most exciting, intriguing and unique vehicles you'll see at auto shows are, without a doubt, concept cars. However, automakers aren't churning out the wild concepts of old much these days, and you'll have to look hard to find any at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. We scoured McCormick Place's show floor during the press days, leading up to the public opening on Saturday, and found seven concept cars. Yes, only seven even though there are 41 automotive brands with their own distinct booths.

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Here is a list of the seven concepts and where they are located within their various brand booths:

By Robby DeGraff | February 7, 2014 | Comments (0)

What You Can't Miss at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show

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First, let's start off with what won't be missed — those not coming to town for the 2014 Chicago Auto Show get to skip Chicago's latest bout of wet-blanket weather, a seemingly endless merry-go-round of heavy snow and subzero temps. Those who do brave the elements are in for a treat — several of them, actually. There's plenty to see at this year's show, from hot concepts to significant production vehicles.

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The 2014 Chicago Auto Show opens to the public on Feb. 8 and runs through Feb. 17 at McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive. Be sure to check out the redesigned for 2015 Subaru Legacy and Kia's futuristic hybrid crossover concept, the Niro. Continue below to check out the Cars.com editorial team's list of 2014 Chicago Auto Show must-sees.

By Jennifer Geiger | February 7, 2014 | Comments (4)

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