It’s that time of the year when the global auto giants congregate in the city Euro-Tech Motors calls home. The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show is back and it has a distinctly ‘electrifying’ feel. Pun intended. Of course there are a host of upcoming battery powered concept vehicles, but it’s only two that we’re interested in – the stunning BMW Vision iNEXT and the delectable Audi e-tron GT Concept. Let’s look at the latter first.

Audi e-tron GT Concept

While there have been quite a few e-tron concepts in the past, this is probably the first time that one wears a four-door coupe design. Audi says that the GT will enter production in two years time, once the e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportback are launched next year. And the most interesting bit is that the e-tron GT Concept look more like a production car than a show concept.

There’s a 590 bhp (434 kilowatts) power pack matched to a Quattro all-wheel drive system which Audi claims, gives the e-tron GT Concept a 0-62 mph time of 3.5 seconds. It will also hit 124 mph in a smidge over 12 seconds. A veritable sports car if you will. The e-tron GT Concept is not just a sprinter, but a marathoner too. Audi claims a range of 248 miles on a single charge.

For all its sporting pretentions, the e-tron GT Concept has a wheelbase of 9.5 feet! So while it may not be at home doing laps around a circuit, it is spacious. There’s 450 litres of space in the boot and another 100 litres under the hood. Remember the batteries are under the floor.

The body though is light-weight, made of different materials. The roof section for example is carbon and is supported by aluminium and high-strength steel components. The car has been developed in collaboration with Porsche, another brand under the Volkswagen umbrella that Audi is also a part of.

Audi e-tron GT concept

Audi e-tron GT concept

Audi e-tron GT concept

Audi e-tron GT concept

Audi e-tron GT concept

BMW Vision iNEXT

This one is a concept through and through. What makes it special is that though there have been futuristic concepts from BMW in the past, the Vision iNEXT brings together technologies like Autonomous Driving, Connectivity and Electric Mobility together in a single vehicle. Almost as if its actually from the future.

BMW says that the Vision iNEXT has been created to become a “favourite space” where people can relax. Seeing the way traffic is increasing, we will be spending a lot of time in cars and if this can be done productively and/or comfortably, then why not. The interiors therefore have been kept minimalist. Use of textures like cloth and wood along with warm colours make the BMW Vision iNEXT cabin sophisticated and relaxing. All tech has been hidden and moved behind the scenes, which explains the lack of touch screens and buttons in the cabin. Functions are accessed from the surface of the materials itself and the setup has been unimaginatively named Shy Tech.

Out on the front are a one-piece kidney grille and two slender headlights with a new take on the four-eyes design theme. Those with an eye for detail will notice that the rear-view mirrors are missing, having been replaced by cameras. There’s also a large sunroof which lets in a lot of light and gives the full view of the cabin. The company has also worked on the aerodynamics of the car and apart from looking the part, the illuminated diffuser is also functional. Of course there are no tailpipes either.

BMW Vision iNEXT

BMW Vision iNEXT

BMW Vision iNEXT

BMW Vision iNEXT

BMW Vision iNEXT

If you too want to see these beauties in action, head over to the 2018 LA Auto Show at the LA Convention Center. Get your tickets soon as the show is running only till December 9. And don’t forget to say hi if you run into Euro-Tech Motors while you’re there.