Conceptualizing Concepts at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show: Bentley, Lexus, Audi and Kia
To gauge interest in production, Bentley showed off a EXP 10 Speed 6 concept car at the Geneva Motor Show this past week, just as it did with the Bentayga-previewing EXP 9 F concept unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.
“EXP 10 Speed 6 is one vision for Bentley’s future—a powerful, exquisite and individual concept,” Bentley CEO Wolfgang Dürheimer said at the car’s reveal in Geneva. “It could be a future model line, alongside the Continental GT and redefining the pinnacle of another market sector, and the styling of the EXP 10 Speed 6 could influence the expansion of the Bentley family.”
Lexus unveiled what they call an “ultra-compact sub-B-segment” vehicle which is designed for maneuverability and agility on congested city streets. It’s most prominent feature is it’s aggressive spindle grill and L-shaped headlights, the Lexus LF-SA looks like one bad ass pimped out Mini Car. If we had to drive a mini car, this would definitely be our top pick.
Audi also hit the floor with an interesting concept, the Prologue Avant wagon. This vehicle contains a 3.0-liter twin-turbo diesel V6 plug-in hybrid with a total of 455 horsepower, 553 lb-ft of torque, linked to an eight-speed gearbox. Audi boasts it can get to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds and allows 33 miles of pure electric driving when charged. While the car itself has a nice and elegant stretched appearance, it didn’t exactly blow us away or get us super excited about the future of Audi design. Oh well, back to the R8!
The biggest question about Kia’s Sportpace concept car at the 2015 Geneva Auto Show was… “What is it?” Not really meeting the qualifications for a sedan, a wagon, or a hatchback, but sort of all three at once? Kia claims the Sportpace is meant to be fast, efficient, and comfortable - and that’s good enough for us.