Future in Motion

Before we cared about climate change and not causing the earth to overheat, the automotive industry was fixated on creating concepts that pushed the boundaries of what’s possible on four wheels. Some manufacturers previewed future production models or provided a glimpse of a brand new model, but mostly they were presented just for the sake of making news. Today, concept cars are not just billed as mere design studies, but are an indication of a direction automakers plan to take in the years ahead.

Over the past few years, we’ve seen everything from ahyper-class sports car, an electric SUV brimming with tech features, to a revolutionary van that includes drool-inducing concepts. Keep reading as You & I tells you about one concept car that are on the way over the next few years.

What It Is
From its sleek design to its autonomous-driving technology, the Volkswagen’s first of a new range of electric vehicles, I.D. concept, is a future look that we want to drive right now. The Paris-debuted concept uses Wolfsburg’s MEB (Modular Electric Model) – VW Group’s new electric vehicle platform.Volkswagen claims that the concept puffs out just 168-horsepower electric motor with a range of 249 and 373 miles, while cruising from city to work.

Why We Want It
Similar in size to the e-Golf, the new four-seater accommodates large battery packs and electric motors, showcasing the electric drive technology and individual design lineage. It will be the underpinning for up to five new electric cars planned by Volkswagen. The overall look is clean and sophisticated, and it’s incredibly airy, too. It comes with a full-length panoramic glass roof that offers great views of the sky.

In concept form, the electric car with I.D. hatchback is pretty impressive. It’s fully autonomous, with laser scanners and cameras dotted stylishly around the exterior to help it find its way around. Should it detect a pedestrian, its headlights with multiple LEDs will let them know what’s going on as well. It also features an ultra-short front overhang, heavily raked windscreen, steeply rising hood line, large wheel houses with tyres that have 2.5 mms of special blue tread on them, cantilever-style rear doors, and what appears to be a full glass tailgate.

When the driver chooses the autonomous mode, the steering wheel collapses and retracts into the dashboard, freeing up space ahead of the driver. Even the central armrest can be removed completely or moved fore and aft, if it’s not needed. The only control you have to put it in the pedals, steering, and the gears that are controlled by touch-sensitive areas at the bottom of the small steering wheel.      – Anisha