When predicting what the future would hold in 1989, the film 'Back to the Future II' made many assumptions of what 2015 America would look like, and many of their predictions were correct.
Flux capacitors aside, the motor industry has created concepts that seem to be years ahead of their time and could change the whole experience of driving in years to come. To celebrate 21 October 2015, AKA 'Back to the Future 2 Day', we've selected some of the most futuristic looking concept cars, that would certainly not have looked out of place being driven by Marty McFly Junior in the skies of Hill Valley.
Although shown back in 2011 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Ford Evos sculptured the future look of Ford, featuring Kinetic design in this car. Short for evolution, the Evos simplified the Kinetic design with a one-piece inverted trapezoidal grille, flanked by smaller, laser-cut LED headlamps. The concept is powered by a 2.0-litre 'Atkinson Cycle' petrol engine driving the front wheels, assisted by with an electric motor. The butterfly doors make the Evos even more futuristic and although these are not put into production for any current Ford vehicle, this could be a glimpse into what the future holds.
The Crossover market has evolved into a very important asset to the motor industry, with higher demand for compact SUV's than ever. The Peugeot Quartz aims to fulfil this demand, with its new vision for the Crossover segment, first unveiled at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. This innovative and powerful Hybrid conveys a dynamic feel through its sleek lines and short over-hangs and dramatic 23-inch wheels. Similar to the Evos, the Quartz also features butterfly doors, hinting towards a possible alteration in production cars in the future.
Citroen also embraced the demands of the crossover, when they showcased the Citroen Aircross at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year. With familiar references to the look of the already futuristic C4 Cactus, the Aircross is likely to rule the crossover market in years to come. With a hybrid engine - 1.6-litre petrol engine and a 95bhp electric motor - the Aircross uses economical solutions for fuel, which have been developed. Featuring suicide doors, the Aircross updates the conventional look of production cars and the interior seems ahead of its time with a space-age feel.
Vauxhall unveiled the Monza at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2013, showing what they have in store for the next decade. This plug-in electric car has a striking design, with huge gullwing doors, extending from front to rear and a high-tech cabin, which will be transferred to production cars. Inside, the dials merge into the dash as part of a LED wraparound projection screen, which is customisable by the user. Even though it looks so futuristic, the chief designer of the interior, Ivo Van Houkten stated "It's feasible right now -you can see it works - but it will take time to get it to production". This concept is one that could be a production car before long, leading the way to the future of driving.
Nissan's take on the next generation of compact crossovers has been projected through the Gripz concept. Equipped with an EV series hybrid system called "Pure Drive e-Power" and angular, sharp looks, the Gripz certainly looks and feels futuristic. Inspired by classic rally cars and racing bicycles, making the Gripz a very unique concept, with the performance of a race car, but great handling on all terrains.
The SEAT IBE concept set the evolution of the next generation of this amazing manufacturer into motion. The high-tech electric concept was debuted at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2010. It is powered by a hi-tech Siemens electronic motor. The sharp lines on the SEAT still keep the same look, but accentuate the modern and futuristic looks. The clean look inside, bucket seats and very bright licks of lighting, make the IBE feel lightyears ahead of its time. However, SEAT still keep the interior very minimalistic to make the car feel more spacious and less cluttered.
Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show in 2015, the Kia Sportspace is a stylish estate, which may give a glimpse to what the load-lugging Optima may look like. The Sportspace, if put into production will be the largest estate car by Kia to date. Not usual for an estate car, but the Sportspace has taken a unique approach on the interior by only having a four-seater cabin, as Kia have focused on making the Sportspace as spacious and functional as possible. This car could change the look and feel of Kia estate cars for years to come.
Hyundai Vision G
Hyundai created the perfect combination of elegance and modernised looks, when designing the Vision G concept. Debuted this year at Pebble Beach Concours, the two-door, four-seat concept enhances the driving experience by the use of new technologies. Among these new technologies, the Vision G is fitted with a system that opens the doors automatically as the driver approaches. Powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine with a massive 414bhp, the Vision G is focused on performance rather than economy. The production of the Vision G would be in high demand in the premium coupé market.
The Honda FCV is a concept car that has been developed over the past couple of years and as it's powered by a hydrogen cell, the cars technology is as futuristic as its looks. Due to the size of the fuel cell, Honda have been able to focus the space on the passengers, making the interior even more spacious. The range in this hydrogen car is very impressive as well, claiming to run for 300-miles, with just three minutes to fill when hooked up to a 10,000-psi hydrogen nozzle. Even though it is still a concept car, the FCV looks very hopeful to become a production car, changing the future of re-fuelling cars.