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Stunning Genesis Essentia Concept Previews Genesis’ Future Design

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Genesis Essentia GT Concept

In case you still don’t know what Genesis is, it is Hyundai’s ambitious standalone luxury brand. At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Genesis showed off a stunning new electric grand tourer show car that previews its future design direction.

The Essentia is one of the best-looking concepts I have seen in a while, and that’s likely because it was designed by Luc Donckerwolke, a former design head at Lamborghini and Bentley that was poached in 2015 to run design for Genesis, and overseen by Bugatti Chiron designer Sasha Selipanov. The fact that it doesn’t look overly conceptual and was heavily inspired by the beautiful 1964 Ferrari 275 Lusso are other reasons.

It embodies a grand tourer, featuring classic GT proportions like a sleek and low profile, a long deck, and muscular rear haunches. A glass bubble roof extends down past the cowl and over where a hood would be. Instead of an engine — this is an electric car with we’re talking about, so there is’t one — elements of a pushrod suspension peek through the glass cover.

Butterfly doors raise up to reveal a remarkably uncluttered interior with a large curved-glass interface that spans the width of the dashboard. The center console features only four levers for gear selection and climate control, and one round dial for auxiliary functions.

The Essentia has a carbon fiber monocoque, making it light enough for its mutli-motor electric powertrain to propel it from zero to 60 mph in three seconds… if it were real. Designers laid the batteries in an “I” pattern along where the transmission and driveshaft would be, rather than under the passenger compartment like in current electric vehicles.

It’s a shame that the Essentia is just a concept and only elements of its striking design will inspire future Genesis cars. It’s definitely as interesting, bold and handsome as anything we’ve seen from Europe and Japan in recent years.

Just imagine a Genesis Coupe looking like it…

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VW I.D. Roomzz Concept Previews An Electric Three-Row SUV

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Volkswagen ID Roomzz electric SUV, front angle

The latest concept in Volkswagen’s I.D. family is a people-hauler first and foremost.

Volkswagen is cooking up a flagship electric SUV, and the VW I.D. Roomzz Concept is an indication of what’s to come.

Based on a stretched version of the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) platform that underpins the I.D. Crozz concept, the Roomzz is a full-size SUV with three-rows of seating for up to eight occupants. More than that, the seats can be reconfigured to deliver a lounge-like experience.

Other interior highlights include a digital, glass-front panel, and massive screens for the instrument cluster and dashboard infotainment.

Level 4 autonomous capabilities means the I.D. Roomzz can drive itself in certain areas and under certain conditions without an active driver. Power is provided by two electric motors, one on each axle to provide all-wheel drive capability, energized by a 82-kWh battery.

The electric drivetrain generates a total of 302 horsepower, can accelerate the SUV from 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.6 seconds on route to a top speed of 180 mph (290 km/h), and provides a driving range of up to 280 miles (451 km) on Europe’s WLTP cycle, or 475 km (295 mi) under NEFZ in China.

The production version of the Volkswagen I.D. Roomzz concept is slated to debut sometime in 2020, around the same time as the production versions of the I.D. Crozz and I.D. hatchback. The Microbus-inspired I.D. Buzz and I.D. Vizzion sedan will follow suit in 2022.

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Jeep Gladiator Gravity Is A Pickup Truck For Rock Climbing Fans

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Jeep Gladiator Gravity Rock Climbing Truck

This is one Jeep concept you can build right now.

What happens when the Jeep Gladiator and rock climbing culture collide? You get the Jeep Gladiator Gravity, that’s what!

Inspired by rock climbing, the Gladiator Gravity “concept” stands out as the brightest of the six Gladiator concepts Jeep developed for the 2019 Moab Easter Safary, thanks in large part to its Punk’N Metallic Orange exterior. Every piece of accessory it showcases is available for order via Mopar, including the steel tube doors and rock rails, 17-inch gear wheels with 35-inch tires, two-inch lift kit, mesh sunbonnet, and tie-down straps that secure the windshield when lowered.

The bed area features Mopar cross rails and a cargo carrier basket to divide up storage space for rock-climbing gear, such as ropes, carabiners, helmets and shoes, while a unique Mopar/Decked truck bed storage system further adds to its versatility.

A cold-air intake and cat-back exhaust system up the Jeep Gladiator Gravity’s performance ante.

Even though the Gladiator Gravity is called a concept, it’s something you can build today by raiding the Jeep Performance Parts catalog. All you need is a spare $8,000 to get all the necessary accessories.

If rock claiming isn’t your thing, then check out of the other five Jeep Gladiator concepts: Gladiator Wayout, Gladiator M715 Five-Quarter, Gladiator J6, Gladiator Scrambler, and Gladiator Flatbill.

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Jeep Gladiator Flatbill Is The Motocross Fan’s Pickup Truck

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Jeep Gladiator Flatbill Truck Off-roading

This is what you get when the Jeep Gladiator and motocross culture collide.

Dirt bikes and pickups go together like peanut butter and jelly, and of the six Gladiator concepts Jeep baked for the 2019 Moab Easter Jeep Safari, only the Jeep Gladiator Flatbill was purpose-developed for Motocross racing fans.

Named after the flat-brimmed caps often worn by bros, specifically the ones who might be into trucks and motocross, the Gladiator Flatbill is a dirt-bike hauler featuring modified pieces that facilitate getting bikes to and from the motocross track.

A four-inch lift, high-clearance flares, massive 40-inch tires, a custom-designed shortened front bumper, and a skid plate make sure you can go basically anywhere you’d want, while a removable tailgate and dedicated wheel ramps that slide out makes it easy to access or load your motorcycle.

The Jeep Flatbill also boasts a vented carbon hood and a long list of other accessories, some of which are available through Mopar. What do you think — should Jeep make it for the masses?

Also check out the Jeep Gladiator Wayout, Gladiator M715 Five-Quarter, Gladiator J6, and Gladiator Scrambler. You won’t be disappointed with any of them.

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