Car Design: Is There Anything New Under The Sun?
We often wonder if car manufacturers are really going to give us something new in car design, or if it’s going to be just more of the same old thing.
They come out with these fantastic looking concept cars, and then their production models only differ from last year by intangible amounts.
We may want to see them, but there is at least one group of guys that are happy concept cars don’t become a reality. They are your local auto mechanic repair shop. Can you imagine what it would be like to keep all the parts in stock and have to learn how to repair them all? It would be a nightmare.
Luckily for all of us, though, the auto manufacturers are coming out with some amazing new vehicles over the next couple of years, which incorporate many of their new concepts. Here are a few of the biggest automotive design changes coming up soon:
Bugatti is working on a successor to its immensely popular Veyron.
It’s been reported that the Chiron has hit test track speeds of up to 286 mph on the straightaways. This is a significant improvement over the Veyron’s 254 mph top speed it was able to reach when it launched.
It will also far surpass the Veyron Super Sport’s world record top speed of 267 mph, which was the top end of the final model in the Veyron line.
It’s not often that a world record holder can break their own record, and to do so by such a margin is incredible.
The New Bentley Bentayga Is Rumoured To Be A Crossover SUV.
The Bentayga has been held up from production now for at least 2 years due to constant redesign. The word on the street is that they want the launch to be a huge success and are sparing no expense at getting it right.
It’s rumoured that this model will come with the W12 engine, which is being billed as the most technologically advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world. It’s said that it will also be available in both diesel and an electric hybrid model option.
This is one of the few cars in the world that will make the crossover market “night at the Opera” ready. A bold step for Bentley, but we will have to wait and see how well it pays off for them.
Since it’s a crossover, it’s being touted as being off road worthy.
The BIG question is; would you ever take your Bentley off-roading?
Well, okay, maybe if you just had to have your spot of tea in the bush.
The Hyundai Santa Cruz Pickup Truck Will Now Finally Get Built
One of the huge pluses with this diesel engine and the design Hyundai is claiming that the crossover truck will have is that it should yield better than 30 mpg on most versions including the base model. Not bad for a 2.0-litre engine weighing in at over 2 tons.
One of the coolest things that you’re sure to like about this new vision by Hyundai is that the whole truck bed slides out to take the short truck bed all the way to about the length of a full-sized pickup truck.
That’s right. It slides out its tailgate, lights and all. This way, you can have the parking ease and maneuverability of a crossover and the volume capacity of a much larger truck any time you actually need it.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. This is a concept car feature and will never make it into production. Not so, according to our sources, who claim that the bed extension feature will be in the production models as well.
Will The Volkswagen Golf GTE Sport Really Get Made Or Will The Cool Concept Car Stay On The Table?
This is really welcome news because the design is super sporty and looks like something you’d see in a movie racing about town.
With nearly the entire body constructed of carbon fiber, you’re looking at a car that will come in under the weight bar of most of its competitors while increasing performance instead of losing it.
The reason for this is the incorporation of 2 C-pillars that, aside from holding the roof up and defining the rear hatch area, are designed to force air over the rear brakes and into the aerodynamic features that help the car generate true downforce and thus hug the road at high speeds.
The power starts with its 1.65-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. It also has two additional electric motors. The first adds 113 horses and more than 240 lb-ft to the front axle, and the second delivers 113 horsepower and 200 lbs-ft of torque to the rear axle.
All that adds up to almost 500 lbs-ft of total torque being delivered to all four wheels. Yes, I thought the same thing when I heard it myself…. wow! I’m sure you can find other cars with comparable power, but not very often in this price range.
Yes, There Are New Designs Headed Your Way!
It must finally be sinking into the mindset of the automotive designers that we don’t just appreciate the artistry of concept cars in auto shows; we would really like to see some of their features in the cars we drive every day.