Audi Crossover Concept Slated For Detroit

A new Audi crossover show car will make its debut in January 2014 at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

The two-door model with its high ground clearance is a crossover described by Audi as having a distinctly sporting slant – a car for all roads and tracks, for everyday driving and recreational use.

The show car is said by Audi to be a systematic development of the Audi design language. It combines a host of visual elements from future models with the Audi-typical allroad concept and independent “Shooting Brake” body style.

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Considering Audi announced the addition for 2016 of a small SUV in its lineup, to be known as Q1, earlier this month, we expect this Detroit show car to hint to the Q1’s future design.

Measuring 4.20 metres in length, the show car is said by Audi to have a powerful road stance. Precise and clearly drawn lines as well as geometric surfaces are combined to create a sculpted, clear design form. The overhangs are short; the roof line is low and it ends in a strong C pillar. The pronounced horizontal body line and the large 19-inch wheels emphasize the impression of concentrated energy.

Audi stated the show car is a compelling blend of form and function; the characteristic allroad design features serve to seemingly contract its dimensions visually while also underscoring its offroad character. The aluminum underbody guards at front and rear emphasize the width and protect the car off road.

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Design elements that are typical of e-tron models, such as the ribs in the Singleframe grille and in the side air inlets, fit in harmoniously with the overall design concept.

Audi explained the dual headlights and the honeycomb-structured Singleframe grille indicate the further development of the quattro design language which Audi already presented with its Sport quattro concept show car in September of this year at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt.

Audi stayed mum on what powerplant is found under this crossover concept’s lines.