These April Fools concepts should really get made. Like, really.
April 1st happened, and as usual, most carmakers came out with some new product that was quite obviously a joke. And while this was all taken as just good fun, there were a few concepts that made us stop and say, “Actually, you should build this.”
The first was the Hyundai N Roadster. This thing is the coolest thing to happen to automobiles since the Mazda MX-5 Miata, which the N Roadster obviously takes a lot of inspiration from. It was conceptualized by Yeonjoon Park a few months ago, but Hyundai decided to share his images on their N Performance Facebook page as an April Fools joke.
Only this really shouldn’t be a joke. Look at the sweeping rear spoiler, the neat dual-exhaust, the big rear diffuser, and the incredibly attractive lines. Not to mention the folding hardtop roof that just begs to be driven under a setting sun.
Please, Hyundai. Make this car.
Legends never Change. #Jeep #Sedan #AprilFoolsPosted by Jeep Middle East on Monday, April 1, 2019
Next we have Jeep and their new Jeep Sedan. On the surface this seems like an absolute lark, but dig a little deeper and we see this as a way of saving the Chrysler 300.
The back of this car is all Chrysler, but the front is definitely Jeep Grand Caravan. Jeep is an incredibly hot brand right now, and taking some of that Jeep magic and stapling it to the front of a Chrysler 300 is sure to brighten the poor Chrysler’s prospects. Remember to tack a 6.4-L HEMI V8 under the hood and we don’t see how it could fail.
But easily the best idea was Toyota’s and their Toyota Yaris Adventure subcompact pickup. This is the teeny tiny pickup that nobody asked for, but now we all want to own.
Under the hood is the same 1.5-L 4-cylinder engine as the normal Yaris producing the same 103 horses and 112 lb-ft of torque--numbers that Toyota points out to be class-leading as there’s no other subcompact pickups on the market. The itty-bitty bed is 52.3 inches long thanks to the removal of the rear seats and whatever trunk the Yaris had.
Payload is 297 lbs, which is "perfect for hauling coolers to the lake or that third set of golf clubs that just won’t fit in a car trunk (not sure why you’d have three sets of golf clubs though, as the Yaris Adventure only seats two)."
But this thing has off-road cred. It’ll have AWD, a beefy front bumper with a tiny skid plate beneath, front tow hooks, and LOOK AT THOSE FENDERS!
We want one. Please make this, Toyota. For realsies.