2005 Jeep Gladiator: Concept We Forgot

With the rumor mill now leaning towards Gladiator for the Jeep pickup, we figured it would be the right time to refresh your memory about the previous one.

Name: Jeep Gladiator

Debuted: January 2005 at North American International Auto Show in Detroit

Specs: four-cylinder 2.8-liter turbodiesel engine, 163 horsepower, 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque, six-speed manual transmission, four-wheel drive, 4,150 pounds (1,882 kilograms) weight

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Ford Ranger Storm, Black Edition Debut As Darkly Styled Trucks

If the public likes them, Ford intends to build these pickups.

Based on the debuts at this year’s Sao Paulo International Motor Show, pickups are doing big business in Brazil, and Ford joins the party by bringing the Ranger Storm and Black Edition to the event. Both models are concepts, but Ford admits that they could go into production if the public reacts positively to this aggressive styling. If the similar appearance of the EcoSport Storm is any indication, buyers would really dig this look. Read More

Nissan Frontier Sentinel Concept Debuts Ready For Rescues

The truck even has a hard tonneau cover that doubles as a landing pad for a drone.

The Sao Paulo International Motor Show is a hot place for debuting pickups and SUVs this year, and Nissan joins the fray by unveiling the Frontier Sentinel concept there. The truck imagines a machine for pushing into Brazil’s most remote areas to perform rescue missions.

The truck wears a Thunder Blue exterior that takes inspiration from the plumage of the Brazilian hyacinth macaw, and the yellow accents add some visual contrast. The 16-inch wheels wear chunky all-terrain tires. Up front, a winch integrates into the bumper, and a snorkel follows the A-pillar to let the pickup wade through deep water. A light bar in the roof illuminates the terrain ahead. Read More

2003 Mercedes F 500 Mind: Concept We Forgot

The oddly shaped concept was a technological tour de force with electronic accelerator and brake pedals.

Name: Mercedes F 500 Mind

Debuted: 2003 Tokyo Motor Show

Specs: 4.0-liter V8 diesel engine with 250 horsepower, electric motor with 68 hp, 5.09-meter (200-inch) long, 2.97-meter (117-inch) wheelbase

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Aside from its unusual shape, the F 500 Mind crammed a lot of tech inside a futuristic cabin featuring a massive glass sunroof and innovative pedals for acceleration and braking. It genuinely deserves its 15 minutes of fame in our Concept We Forgot series. Read More

Sleek Fiat Fastback SUV Concept Debuts In Brazil

A production version will reportedly arrive in 2020.

Fiat wants to expand its SUV offerings in the Brazilian market, and the company shows a vision of the future in this hot segment at the Sao Paulo International Motor Show. The newly unveiled Fastback concept is a coupe-like crossover with a silhouette similar to the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe.

The Fastback concept features two-tier headlights that include a small strip of illumination at the tip of the hood and a second set of lights in the grille. The concept stays true to its name with a flowing roof that leads to a pair with thin taillights. However, It’s hard not to see a styling similarity with the coupe-like SUVs from BMW and Mercedes-Benz when looking at this Fiat. Read More

New SEAT Leon Concept Coming; Standalone Cupra Models Announced

SEAT’s future – new design language and more sporty models.

We know for a fact that SEAT is working on the next generation Leonwe’ve seen the Spanish company testing its next-generation hatchback. Judging by the spy photos, it’s already shaping up quite nicely, but we can’t tell details about its design – the prototypes we’ve spied are still highly camouflaged. Apparently, we’ll know more in March next year, when SEAT will preview the new Leon with a concept at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Read More

Audi Gets Animated, Imagines Electric Spy Car For Will Smith

The concept car will appear in the animated film Spies in Disguise.

Audi is getting jiggy with Will Smith. Again. The German automaker’s latest RSQ sports car concept will appear in the animated film Spies in Disguise driven by Will Smith’s character Lance Sterling.

Dubbed the RSQ E-Tron, the electric sports car is presumably an evolution on the RSQ concept that appeared in the 2004 film I, Robot, which also starred Will Smith. Whereas the original RSQ cribbed its styling from the Audi Le Mans Quattro concept (the precursor to the first-generation Audi R8), the RSQ E-Tron poaches much of its design details from both the current Audi R8 and the 671-horsepower (500-kilowatt) Audi PB18 E-Tron concept. The resulting product is far more attractive than a vehicle for an animated film has any right to be. Read More

Honda Displays Pedal Car At SEMA Even Adults Want To Ride

A rechargeable lithium-ion battery powers the lights and can top-up your cell phone.

Honda brought an array of two- and four-wheeled machines to SEMA, but the company made the weird decision to downplay one of coolest things that it put on display. The First Honda Pedal Car is a concept for a little vehicle that goes way further than the Big Wheel from your childhood.

The pedal car takes design inspiration from 2015’s Project 2&4 concept (pictured above) for an ultra-simple sports car. Pedal cars aren’t known for being heavy, but Honda still keeps weight down by using carbon fiber to make the floor and rear diffuser. Don’t worry about riding at dusk, either, because an onboard lithium-ion battery powers the lights, and there’s a plug for recharging your cell phone in the compartment under the hood. Honda refers to this area “snack compartment,” so you could use it to haul lunch, too. Read More

1999 Buick Cielo: Concept We Forgot

The four-door convertible based on a Regal GS you probably don’t remember.

Name: Buick Cielo (pronounced see-A-low) meaning “sky” in Spanish

Debuted: 1999 North American International Auto Show in Detroit

Specs: Based on stretched and widened Regal GS platform, supercharged 3.8-liter V6 engine with 240 horsepower, four-speed automatic transmission, 20-inch wheels

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VW Teases Sub-Amarok Pickup Concept In Colorful Rendering

The truck would launch in Brazil first but could launch elsewhere eventually.

Volkswagen is teasing a new pickup on the way to the Brazilian market, but the company is being abundantly clear that “the vehicle concept could conceivably be suitable for other regions.” The truck premieres at the São Paulo International Motor Show on November 6.

The unnamed vehicle rides on VW’s oft-used MQB platform, specifically the tiny A0 variant that underpins the VW Polo and T-Cross. VW offers no powertrain details, but the concept, at least, is all-wheel drive.  Read More

Honda Rugged Open Air Concept Is Part Ridgeline, Part Side-By-Side

The capabilities of a truck combined with the fun of a side-by-side.

Dreaming of a vehicle that has all the capabilities of a light truck with the added fun of an open-air side-by-side? Honda has got you covered. This year at SEMA, the company pulled the sheet of what it calls the Rugged Open Air Vehicle concept. The company calls it a look at the “ultimate off-road Honda four-wheeled vehicle” – we just call it cool as hell. Read More

Honda Hammers SEMA With Race Cars And Concepts Galore

Civic Type R Racers, a rally Pilot, Ridgeline camper, and an open-air concept are only part of the display.

Earlier in the month, Honda gave us a preview of what it was bringing to Las Vegas for this year’s SEMA extravaganza. In short, the Japanese automaker’s display will be chock full of cars, trucks, motorcycles, and accessories galore. For our purposes, we’ll focus on the four-wheeled items of interest and there’s plenty to talk about – from a rally-bred SUV to a plethora of tarmac racing machines and an as-yet-unknown “ rugged open-air vehicle concept” that will officially debut on October 30. We will of course update this post when that happens so you won’t miss a thing. Read More

Ram Rides Into SEMA With Two 1500 Pickup Truck Concepts

They’re rolling Mopar advertisements.

The SEMA Show is the go-to venue for automakers and aftermarket tuners alike that want to show off their latest and greatest automotive accessories. Concepts to finished products descend upon Las Vegas for several days of automotive extravagance. And Ram isn’t missing out on the action, bringing 14 personalized rides to the show. But there are two the automaker is highlighting before the show even begins – Rebel and Big Horn “Low Down” concepts. Both will be on display during the show at the brand’s 15,345-square-foot exhibit. Read More

Hyundai Saga Concept Teases Upcoming Small Hatch

The electric concept gives us a glimpse of the next-generation HB20 subcompact hatchback.

The next-generation Hyundai HB20 isn’t expected to launch until the latter half of 2019, but the Korean automaker will give us a glimpse of the new model by way of the Saga concept. The battery-electric-vehicle concept is slated to debut at the Sao Paulo auto show.

Sporting new exterior styling and a nearly two-inch (50 millimeter) longer wheelbase, the next HB20 is anticipated to offer notably more interior room relative to today’s car. Improvements to rear-seat space ought to help the HB20 better compete with vehicles such as the Volkswagen Polo and the next-generation Chevrolet Onix. Read More

2020 BMW i4 EV to have Tesla-beating range

The BMW i Vision Dynamics concept unveiled at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show previewed what a production full-electric four-door might look like. Now, BMW has confirmed that a production version will indeed arrive by 2020 and that it will have Tesla-beating range.

As reported by Auto Express, BMW CEO Harald Kruger says that brand’s fully electric eDrive line-up, which includes the i4, will be able to do 550-700 kilometres (340-435 miles) on a single charge. Last September, the concept was only mentioned to be able to reach 370 miles, so the projected range has improved significantly. Read More

Leaked images show digital gauge cluster for Mazda3

Most everything divulged about the 2019 Mazda3 so far has focused on the trick Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) Skyactiv-X engine. If a series of photos posted on a Chinese website are accurate, it looks like Mazda has novel plans for the cockpit as well. The three images show a three-color, all-digital gauge cluster in two different configurations. The first configuration places a three-digit speedo in the center of a blue-ringed tachometer, with gear indicator and water temp displays on the left, fuel range calculator and what appears to be a funky clock on the right. Read More

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