Unfortunately, none are slated for production.
With 2016 drawing to a close, we thought we would take a look back at some of the coolest concept cars that were revealed this year. There were tons of amazing cars to choose from, but we narrowed it down to just five. The concepts that we chose are models that we desperately wish would hit production for 2017. This means we didn't include concepts that were way too ambitious, or concepts that will likely show up as production models next year. These are concepts that (in our minds) deserve to hit production in the very near future.
The Cadillac Escala absolutely deserves to reach production. We were blown away when Cadillac revealed this stunning concept at a luxurious event at Pebble Beach. The long, sweeping body and the liftback silhouette oozes luxury and the 22-inch wheels give the car a commanding presence. The concept is powered by a new 4.2-liter twin-turbo V8 which should make its way into a production model. The CT6 is a nice car, but the Escala is the flagship model that Cadillac deserves. We don't know why GM won't take any styling risks with production Cadillac models because the Escala proves that there are some amazing designers working for the carmaker.
Many companies like to build insane concept cars that will never reach production, but FCA isn't usually one of those companies. This is the same automaker that built a 707 horsepower car called the Hellcat after all. That is why were surprised when FCA revealed the Ram Rebel TRX Concept. This badass truck is powered by a detuned version of the supercharged Hellcat V8 with 575 hp. This would make it more powerful than the latest Ford F-150 Raptor. So far, Ford has been the only company that is brave enough to build a badass off-roading truck. Every other automaker has simply done it in concept form.
The Aria FE (Fast Eddy) is the only car on this list that isn't from a major automaker. We see small manufacturers all the time that say they will build the next million horsepower hypercar that will crush everything, only to then go out of business. Aria is a bit different because the company is known for building cool concept cars for other manufacturers as well as aiding Singer with its awesome reimagined 911 models. The FE is a mid-engined Corvette concept which would be powered by the LT4 engine from the Z06. This car could do 0-60 MPH in just 2.6 seconds, making it a true rival for the likes of the 918 Spyder, P1, and LaFerrari.
Mercedes brought back the Maybach name, but so far has relegated it to one variant of the S-Class. We were hoping that the Maybach sub-brand would get its own model, which is exactly what the Mercedes-Maybach 6 Concept is. This amazing 2+2 coupe is 18.7 feet long, and screams opulence. The 6 Concept looks to the future with an all-electric drivetrain with four motors making 750 hp. This ultra-luxury model would be completely silent and blisteringly fast. Maybach may end up making something that is much tamer than this concept, but we would love to see it make production almost unchanged.
The Buick Avista Concept is easily the most infuriating model on this list. Whenever a company builds a concept that looks this good, then doesn't put it into production, we tend to get angry. Buick says that it won't build the Avista because the Chinese market is not good for two-door models. Buick has been doing extremely well in China, but we don't understand why the car can't be sold here in the states. This is the same company that sells a gussied-up version of the Chevy Trax, after all. It's almost as if Buick is self-sabotaging itself as a true luxury automaker, just like Cadillac is doing with the Escala. Come on GM, build your amazing luxury concepts!