If you want a taste of what lies ahead in driving, there are many futuristic SUVs on the market that offer drivers an exciting glimpse of future driving. From sleek electric models to advanced pickup trucks that can handle off-road adventures.
Many concept designs or technologies are created in order to test interest in them before entering production, often featuring only certain key features as final models.
Tesla Model X
The Model X was designed to impress. Your kids will love its stunning falcon-wing door and it will astound drivers with its incredible performance – beating most supercars in drag races and zipping from rest to 60mph in less than 3.8 seconds in triple motor Plaid versions! Plus, its electric motors provide instantaneous torque that may turn you off traditional gas engines permanently!
Although its appearance might suggest otherwise, the Tesla Model X SUV is surprisingly comfortable and practical with seating for seven adults. It features a sliding second-row seat to make getting in easier while its large windows and panoramic windshield create an airy feel. There’s plenty of seat adjustment so drivers of different shapes and sizes can find their optimal driving position and standard adjustable lumbar support helps relieve backaches on long journeys.
While Tesla’s Model X has long been considered the premier three-row electric SUV, newcomers such as BMW iX and Rivian R1S offer some stiff competition. Though still an exceptional vehicle, its cabin quality and driver assist technology don’t match those offered by its competitors for such an astronomically-priced fee.
The Tesla Model X’s slim and narrow battery pack helps it feel more car-like to drive than most SUVs, while its low-mounted weight allows it to quickly zip around corners with little body lean. Unfortunately, however, its 22-inch wheels make for an unpleasant riding experience that’s further highlighted by this choice.
Tesla cars are known for their minimalist interiors, which may appear modern and classy upon first glance; however, the awkward yoke steering wheel can make driving somewhat cumbersome and uncomfortable. To accommodate buyers who prefer more conventional setups, an optional more comfortable steering wheel with less awkward handling is available as an add-on option. Furthermore, with an impressive 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds and camera-based Autopilot technology capable of taking care of navigation and acceleration below 80mph speeds for you below.
Toyota’s answer to the SUV electric revolution, the bZ4X is an edgy yet aerodynamic vehicle combining an SUV’s confident stance with the clean and quiet driving experience of an electric car. Toyota estimates it can go from zero to 60 in under seven seconds using the front-wheel drive version and cover 228 miles on one charge using two motors and a larger 72.8-kilowatt-hour battery pack; both versions provide off-road capabilities using multi-link rear suspension and MacPherson strut front suspension while Toyota’s X-MODE mode provides ease when dealing with difficult terrains.
The Toyota bZ4X comes in both the XLE and Limited trim levels, with either single or dual front-wheel-drive motor options. Both trim levels can feature panoramic roofs as well as either 19″ or 20″ wheel sets. Standard features for the XLE include adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning and blind spot monitoring system; upgrading to the Limited will bring smart key technology, motion activated power liftgate, synthetic leather upholstery and heated front seats – with these all being available as upgrades!
Inside, the Toyota bZ4X feels just like any conventional Toyota: no difficult-to-figure controls or alarming warning chimes to remind you it’s an electric vehicle; and its 7-inch display mounted high on the dashboard is easily legible. Unfortunately, however, staff testers were less impressed by its instrument cluster which blocks steering wheel access; therefore forcing drivers to view vital information over its top.
The 2022 Tundra pickup truck’s infotainment system uses a similar system, packed with connectivity features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wirelessly; in addition, several connected services plans allow drivers to lock and unlock their car using smartphones, track its location and monitor how much energy it’s using.
DS Automobiles X E-Tense
The DS X E-Tense from French manufacturer Citroen is their vision of what a futuristic SUV may look like in 2035. Equipped with two electric motors from their Formula E race car DS Techeetah, it delivers 1,000kW (1,360 horsepower) while boasting advanced suspension designed to optimize performance on all road surfaces. Its unique asymmetric design places a racing-style cockpit on one side for driving while passengers relax inside a cocoon of goose feathers and coffee machines on its other.
Metroz describes the DS X E-Tense’s design as intentionally “asymmetrical to make a statement.” It features autonomous and manual driving modes, with its driver cabin featuring a cockpit-shaped cabin housing an infotainment system equipped with large touchscreen displays for optimal use; also capable of being controlled through voice command functionality.
Wind noise and tire roar at higher speeds are effectively muffled, while motor noise may still be audible over coarse surfaces at high speeds.
The passenger cabin is an enclosed cocoon that comfortably seats two, but can accommodate three if fitted with an additional smaller seat. It can be cooled or heated depending on season, has an electrically adjustable massage seat, hi-fidelity sound bar, and transparent electrochromatic glass flooring.
A 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system is installed in the car dashboard and operated using swipe gestures, making it easy for driving. Mounted high for easy reach while driving, its screen features bright and clear images even in direct sunlight – as well as multiple apps and sat nav access capabilities from your phone.
The DS X E-Tense features several cutting-edge innovations that could revolutionize the automotive industry, such as its asymmetrical design and self-healing materials that could disrupt traditional automotive design. Self-healing materials could help manufacturers reduce production costs by preventing damage or repairs; and its asymmetrical shape could enhance safety by decreasing blind spots to enable drivers to focus more on driving than dashboard.
Kia’s Futuron Concept exemplifies what futuristic means. From its electric powertrain and Level 4 autonomous driving systems to its sci-fi inspired design and interactive exterior lighting systems, this sci-fi themed concept ticks all of the right boxes – even its name conveys this. “Futuron” itself suggests it as something out-of-this-world: two words which suggest being switched on, like an automobile that’s ready for action.
Kia says its SUV features a fresh interpretation of their company’s trademark tiger-nose grille, now wider and stretching to both sides, joined by an original front fascia inspired by mythic Chinese dragon scale armor with dynamic surfaces that open and close to reveal either daytime running lights or headlights – these elements symbolize both its evolving identity as well as how nature influences design within the auto industry.
Inside, the Futuron concept’s futuristic looks continue with a seamless interior that wraps around its driver. The two front seats are made out of flexible materials that enable them to switch between upright “driving” position and reclined “resting” mode in autonomous mode – creating a zero-gravity seating experience and helping reduce fatigue on long journeys. Furthermore, retracting steering wheel further heightens this sensation; instrument cluster and infotainment screen have been combined into one display that surrounds steering wheel; both managed by artificial intelligence.
Kia’s Futuron features an all-glass roof, giving passengers a full view of their surroundings, sensors, radar, and LiDAR for Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities, an exterior lighting system which responds to driver gestures for connecting before even getting inside, as well as an all-glass body structure for lightweight construction and its all-terrain tires – just some of its many distinctive attributes. While Kia does not plan on producing this concept car in reality anytime soon, its intriguing look at modern SUV development remains intriguing nonetheless.