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> Renault Symbioz Concept
Vehicle type: 4-door large hatchbackMotor: 670-hp electric drivetrain with 310 miles of range on Euro cycleWho designed it: Stephane Janin, Renault’s director of concept car designWhat's cool: Since the vehicle is fully autonomous, the configurable interior is modeled after a living room, with soft lighting, flexible seating arrangements (including “French Kiss” setting with seats close to each other) and Wi-Fi connectivity.Will it be built: Likely not in this form, though design previews production models due next decadeShow reaction: Though far out, it captured people’s imaginations and proved the French still know style like few other regions.
> Mini Electric Concept
Vehicle type: 2-door compact hatchbackMotor: All-electric, though details weren’t releasedWho designed it: N/AWhat's cool: Will run on the same front-wheel-drive platform as the current Mini and BMW X1 modelsWill it be built: Yes, in 2019Show reaction: Overshadowed by BMW offerings (X3, X7 Concept, M5 debut and i Vision) but generally well-regarded.
> Audi AICON concept
Vehicle type: 4-door autonomous coupeMotor: 4 electric motors for 349-hp total power and solid-state concept batteriesWho designed it: Design chief Marc Lichte and Audi’s design teamWhat's cool: Full Level 5 autonomous means no steering wheel; battery concept packs more energy than lithium ion setup, 435-to-500-mile range on Euro cycle, touch-sensitive panels for all passengers regardless of seating configuration.Will it be built: NoShow reaction: Sleek design cues for exterior but too far out as a concept to put faith in
> Borgward Isabella concept
Vehicle type: Full-size 4-door coupeMotor: Unknown but fully electricWho designed it: Anders Warming, chief design officer of Borgward Group AGWhat's cool: Front and rear sliding doors like your favorite minivan, cool flying buttress C-pillar design, contrasting digital screens in the dashboardWill it be built: Iffy for 2019 or 2020, and likely only for China at firstShow reaction: Caught the attention of the crowds; shrugs from rival German automakers
> VW I.D. Crozz concept
Vehicle type: 4-door crossover coupeMotor: 302-hp, all-wheel-drive electric drivetrain with 310 miles of range on Euro cycleWho designed it: Klaus Bischoff, head of VW designWhat's cool: Upscale European styling, minimalist tech-focused cabin, quilted seat fabricsWill it be built: Yes, in 2020Show reaction: With clean lines and more realistic aesthetics, it's definitely an improvement over the initial Crozz concept unveiled in April.
> BMW i Vision Dynamics concept
Vehicle type: 4-door sport coupeMotor: All-electric powertrain with 373 miles of range on Euro cycle and a 0 to 62 mph time of 4 secondsWho designed it: Adrian van Hooydonk, BMW Group design chiefWhat's cool: Level 4 autonomous drive capabilities, distinct lighting in front and rearWill it be built: Yes, in 2021, likely as BMW i5Show reaction: Not great. Reaction on the show floor tended toward the negative, with hopes that BMW finds its design footing by the time this concept reaches production. Since BMW calls it a Vision and not a concept, the real thing will get toned down significantly.