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Feb 03

Concept Cars Get Imaginations Racing At The 2017 Canadian International AutoShow

Road-Test.org, Concept Cars CIAS2017, Iain ShanklandConcept models spring from the imagination of design engineers given the freedom to think outside the box. But the concept cars manufacturers’ roll onto the show floor at the 2017 Canadian International AutoShow, aren’t just the stuff of dreams – some of them will ultimately make it into production and onto the road someday – and AutoShow visitors play an important role in the process.

Manufacturers will gauge public reaction to their designs and concept features as they head to the drawing board to create new models or refine designs for existing ones. A total of 16 concept vehicles – ranging from beautiful speed machines and high-end luxury sedans to SUVs meant for daily driving will be on display at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre during the 2017 AutoShow. We’ve covered some of them in previous articles, here are a few more to give you a glimpse of what lies down the road in car design…

Acura – Precision Concept
Road-Test.org, Concept Cars CIAS2017, Iain ShanklandWith an emphasis on high-contrast details and the intersection of modern, sheer surfaces and muscular, organic sculpting, the Acura Precision Concept communicates Acura’s focus on performance and prestige through its ultra-low and wide stance, long dash-to-axle ratio, deeply sculpted surfaces and the debut of a new Diamond Pentagon grille. The Acura Precision Concept’s crouched and athletic stance is further emphasized by its deeply sculpted side surfaces pouring over swelling rear wheel arches covering 22-inch wheels and tires. The forward-looking concept also features signature lighting designs – in front with its Jewel Constellation LED headlights composed of organically arranged fractal elements, and in back with floating LED taillights.Road-Test.org, Concept Cars CIAS2017, Iain ShanklandRoad-Test.org, Concept Cars CIAS2017, Iain Shankland

Buick – Avista
Road-Test.org, Concept Cars CIAS2017, Iain ShanklandA modern expression of Buick’s heritage of sophisticated performance, communicated with beautiful elegance – the Avista concept is a 2+2 coupe that pushes the brand’s contemporary design ethos and rekindles its historic performance roots. A sleek, sweeping proportion is the foundation for this vision of a contemporary grand tourer, with a 400 horsepower twin-turbocharged V-6 driving the rear wheels and a driver-focused cockpit offering a comfortable, connected center of control. The Avista’s uninterrupted body lines stretch front to rear, suggesting motion – resembling Buick’s design language introduced on the Avenir concept and carried into production on the 2017 LaCrosse. The absence of conventional B-pillars between the doors and rear side windows enhances the flowing profile. Like the exterior, the Avista’s 2+2 interior is defined by flowing, uninterrupted lines conveying elegance through simplicity – with intense technical and surfaces details, in everything from 3D-printed door and seat trim to a future vision of Buick’s IntelliLink, with touchscreen controls on a widescreen instrument panel display.Road-Test.org, Concept Cars CIAS2017, Iain ShanklandRoad-Test.org, Concept Cars CIAS2017, Iain ShanklandRoad-Test.org, Concept Cars CIAS2017, Iain Shankland

2017 Cadillac CT6 Plug-In Hybrid
Road-Test.org, Concept Cars CIAS2017, Iain ShanklandThe arrival of the CT6 PLUG-IN signals the next chapter in Cadillac’s commitment to designing and building innovative vehicles. Fitted with a 2.0L Turbo 4-cylinder gasoline engine, an 18.4 kWh Lithium Ion battery and an enhanced variable transmission (EVT), it combines responsive performance, precision engineering and one of the world’s most advanced hybrid systems. It shifts expectations of what a hybrid can be.

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Make no mistake: the first-ever CT6 PLUG-IN is a performance vehicle. Propel from 0 to 60 in just 5.22 seconds with 335 hp and 432 lb-ft of torque and enjoy a Cadillac-estimated 30 miles3 of EV range. Exhilaration and efficiency are pushed to their limit with 150 mph of combined top speed on the race track and 78 mph of EV-only top speed. Available this spring for an MSRP of $75, 095 U.S.Road-Test.org, Concept Cars CIAS2017, Iain Shankland

Honda – Civic Type R Prototype
Road-Test.org, Concept Cars CIAS2017, Iain ShanklandThe radical Honda Civic Type R Prototype builds on the low and wide proportion of the new Civic Hatchback and is enhanced by muscular body styling and modifications to aid aerodynamic performance. The exterior is wrapped in a highly reflective, finely-grained brushed aluminum-effect finish, which is unique to the prototype car. At the front, the aggressive fascia is accentuated with a winged carbon fiber splitter and sporty red accent line. Additional slatted ducts add width to the fascia, and diamond-mesh inserts fill the sculpted air intakes.

Mitsubishi – GT-PHEV
Road-Test.org, Concept Cars CIAS2017, Iain ShanklandA next generation crossover, the Mitsubishi GT-PHEV concept features advanced, and proprietary, electric and all-wheel control technologies. Using a 2.5-litre gasoline engine and three electric motors (one unit at the front and two at the rear), a 25-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack – estimated electric-only range of approximately 120 km, and a total cruising range of nearly 1,200 km and CO2 emissions of less than 26 g/km. Seen at the Canadian International AutoShow for only the third time in the world, the GT-PHEV shows off the company’s new signature Dynamic Shield front design concept and uses a horizontal dashboard that creates a spacious ambiance, an instrument panel with a high centre console, and cockpit-like interior wraps around its people. It employs an advanced triple-motor PHEV system delivers superior motive performance to through a multitude of different weather and road surface conditions. It features a full-time four-wheel drive powertrain with Super All Wheel Control (S-AWC) integrated vehicle dynamics control system, bringing new levels of handling stability. Finally, GT-PHEV employs the latest in connected car technology that feeds to the car route information as well as data on weather and road surface conditions acquired from information networks and from on-board sensors and cameras in order to closely manage energy consumption such as electricity consumption and fuel economy as well as to provide all-wheel control best-suited to many motoring situations.Road-Test.org, Concept Cars CIAS2017, Iain Shankland

Toyota – FCV Plus Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept
Road-Test.org, Concept Cars CIAS2017, Iain ShanklandA Hydrogen Fuel Cell Concept that embodies Toyota’s vision of a Hydrogen-based society.  The FCV Plus has its own hydrogen tank, enabling it to generate electricity directly from hydrogen stored outside the vehicle, and transform it into a stable source of electric power for use at home, away or within the community.

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The Canadian International AutoShow will be held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre between February 17th and 26th. Please visit autoshow.ca for more information. Follow us on Instagram @cdnintlautoshow, Like us on Facebook and join the conversation on Twitter @autoshowcanada with the hashtags #AutoShowOhCanada and #CIAS2017.


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