Audi has released details of its new hybrid crossover concept that is bound for this month‘s 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
The latest design study advances the development and design elements of one of the most recent Audi show cars, the Sport quattro concept originally shown at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show. The main features of the show car are an aluminium and carbon-fibre body shell, MatrixBeam LED headlights and the e-tron quattro drivetrain.
With a wheelbase measuring 2.51 metres, the allroad shooting brake is 4.20 metres long, 1.85 metres wide and 1.41 metres tall. The exterior shell has been styled to appear as though it were sculpted from one solid piece, say Audi designers.
The outer body is a material mix of aluminium and carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP). Dark grey rubbing strips are typical allroad elements, and are fitted to visually reduce the volume of the body; they ascend from front to rear.
As on every Audi, the large hexagonal single-frame grille dominates on the sculptural front; it is slightly offset towards the rear of the body. Typical of an e-tron model, it has an insert with narrow fins, which are designed to resemble the cooling ribs of an electronic component. There is a quattro logo on the lower part of the single-frame. The low-profile central air inlet is milled into the underbody protection that is made of aluminium.
Powered by a plug-in hybrid drive, the concept also represents the first time that Audi has combined elements of the allroad and e-tron model types. According to Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, a senior figure within Audi’s Technical Development team, the concept produces 300 kW of power and consumes 1.9 l/100 km of fuel (equating to 149 UK mpg). Weighing around 1,600 kg unladen, the car manages 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds, and is capable of reaching an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.