From electric vehicles to avant-garde cars, presented below is a curated selection of 12 distinguished car design innovations expected to grace the forthcoming year.…
This compilation of 12 transportation design innovations for 2024 is driven by an inquisitive spirit rather than an ambition to be exhaustive. The following contrivances, be they on wheels, wings, or serving as mere seating arrangements or architectural marvels, all share a common dedication to enhancing mobility with a touch of refinement, elegance, and, hopefully, heightened efficiency. Some innovations are on the brink of realization, while others may experience slight delays. Read on to explore the myriad ways we aspire to traverse the landscape this year.
Lotus’ Eletre SUV marked a highly commendable initiation to the company’s latest renaissance. In 2024, the stage is set for the introduction of the Lotus Emeya, a four-door sports Electric Vehicle (EV) squarely aimed at the current market leader, the Porsche Taycan. The promise of sharper styling, innovative technology, captivating graphics, and nimble handling abounds.
The latest iteration of Porsche’s formidable Panamera elevates the electric quotient for extended range and enhanced performance, all while refining the design of the company’s original four-door sporting Gran Turismo. The outgoing generation held a special place among our favorite swift four-door vehicles, and the upcoming model appears poised to surpass it in every aspect.
Yet another sizable sedan, albeit veering slightly away from a sporting demeanor, the Volkswagen ID.7 is the latest addition to its all-electric lineup. With an anticipated range of approximately 384 miles, the ID.7 is poised to be one of the most enduring EVs making its debut this year.
BMW i5 Touring
BMW’s i5 Touring marks the initial application of electrification to the company’s traditionally styled estate cars. While estates have been overshadowed for too long by the popularity of SUVs, an Electric Vehicle estate is also in the pipeline from Audi, signaling a subtle yet significant shift in the hierarchy of aspirational automobiles.
Hyundai Ioniq 7
Showcased by the Ioniq Concept ‘Seven’ in 2021, the upcoming Ioniq 7 is positioned as the flagship SUV model for the Korean company. Sharing close ties with Kia’s EV9, the Ioniq 7 promises ample space, flexibility, and distinctive design.
Cupra is steadfastly advancing its transition to a pure EV manufacturer. The Tavascan, a fast-back compact SUV, is next in line and stands as the most cohesive representation yet of the Spanish company’s uniquely gothic design language.
As the premier electric convertible sports car entering the market, the Cyberster is bound to attract significant attention. Larger than the compact MGs of yesteryears, the Chinese-owned brand aspires to recapture some of its original allure.
Polestar, known for unveiling product previews well in advance, presents the Polestar 4, following the SUV Polestar 3. The Polestar 4 is an SUV coupé, a crucial stylistic distinction that endows this vehicle with an elegant silhouette.
Also forthcoming from Sweden is the new Volvo EX90, a seven-seater SUV poised to embody all the quintessential Volvo qualities – safety, practicality, and steadfast style – in an all-electric package.
The upcoming Fiat 600e transcends being merely an upscaled 500e. Sharing a platform with Jeep’s accomplished Avenger, this modestly sized EV employs Fiat’s amiable design DNA to offer a more pragmatic everyday proposition.
Touted as the first ‘affordable European electric car,’ the Citroën ë-C3 channels the spirit of its stripped-down Ami microcar and Oli concept. With an upright stance, simplified visual language, and a sub-€25k price point, the company positions this as a 2CV for the 21st century.
New Mini EVs
The electrification of Mini gains momentum in 2024 with electric versions of the Mini Countryman and Cooper, along with the introduction of the Aceman crossover SUV.