Video: Cool Concept Cars That Turned Out To Be Dull In The Series
2023 Author: Natalie MacDonald | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-26 13:59
The most hype news of the week is the angular TeslCybertruck electric pickup truck without a single roundness in the silhouette. The prototype really looks cool, but we cannot predict what will become of the appearance of the production cars: too often, on the way to the conveyor, even the coolest prototypes lost their fuse and turned into typical and even boring production cars. Here are some examples (scroll through the pictures - first there will be a prototype, then a production model).
Mitsubishi XR-PHEV II
Learned? Two years after the premiere of this coupe-like crossover, we got the Eclipse Cross. Yes, the production car came out also nothing and even inherited something from its prototype. But now, if instead of "something" a car appeared in Mitsubishi dealerships with 100% preservation of this appearance! Then fans would be able to forgive the name Eclipse in the name. Dreams Dreams…
The second iteration of the XR-PHEV concept (the first, of the 2013 model, looked even more like a coupe) in Mitsubishi Motors was announced as a hybrid with a tandem MIVEC gasoline engine and a traction electric motor of 163 horsepower. The crossover could move both with the simultaneous operation of both engines, and on pure electric traction. The serial Eclipse Cross is much simpler.
And here are the other Japanese, and their overall concept S-Cross, which is not far from the series. Even today, the seven-year-old project looks dynamic and lively: a floating roof, an elegant rib of the side of the body, headlights, proportional to the rest of the body. But in 2013, the public received a production Suzuki X4, which was decently different from the cute S-Cross. And it's not about smaller wheels, simplified design or conventional mirrors instead of side petals-cameras. It's about proportions. And they turned out, frankly, not a fountain …
Utility machines can be disappointing, too. How can you not recall the first Mercedes-Benz pickup and the spectacular prototype of the 2016 model? There was a lot of Mercedes in that car, and the Nissan Navar platform was not at all conspicuous. As happened with the serial X-Class, we remember very well: if the loss of the steep cargo side flaps and the plastic trim of the sidewalls could still be forgiven for the serial car, then it was almost impossible to close our eyes to the loss of the spectacular appearance and almost entirely "Nissan" interior. Yes, the world of pickup trucks has received something unprecedented for a while: a premium model, which is not a shame to ride in a shirt and trousers. But the fact that the X-Class could have turned out differently is obvious.
The serial Lada could have turned out this way. Just look at what we saw an off-road novelty seven years ago! There is a crossover, a coupe, and a hatchback in one body. At the same time, there are just as many design techniques as needed to believe in such a serial future. Yes, the three-door body in the case of the popular cross-hatch is almost utopia, but the way the second Xray concept became, and soon the conveyor model, drives into a slight despondency. Sorry…
In the case of the compact NX, the production version did not become a disappointment: in the model range of the Japanese brand, this crossover looked almost radical. However, the distance between what went into production and what the fully realistic LF-NX prototype was preparing for is still huge. With regard to new Lexus products, the conceptual design of the Lexus Future is embodied in production metal with almost no loss. So, for example, it was with the LC coupe. Therefore, the commodity NX looks pale and therefore ended up in this collection.
Subaru WRX Concept
The fast coupe with the Concept prefix was shown by the Japanese at a show in New York in 2013, and the hearts of fans of hot WRXs beat at a double frequency. The prototype had a coupe-shaped roof curve and a dashing take-off line of sidewalls, while it was practical and five-door. Most of the developments, according to the bosses of the brand, were somehow expected on a production car. But two years later, Subaru showed the conveyor version in Los Angeles, and those very hearts returned to their normal rhythm.
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