Today in Detroit, Audi took the veil off of its allroad shooting brake concept plug-in hybrid compact crossover.
This is the first time Audi has combined the allroad and e-tron design languages into one all-wheel-drive car, and the German automaker is positioning the on/off-road vehicle as an all-around sporty yet efficient ride.
“The show car combines sex appeal, highly efficient e-tron-quattro,” said Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, member of the board of AUDI AG, Technical Development. “We are offering very concrete glimpses of the near future in this show car.”
The 3,527-pound four-seater features a 0-62 mph time of 4.6 seconds in its quickest drive mode, while promising also superlative fuel economy and emissions in its most sedate driving, as measured under the European ECE test cycle.
Specifically, fuel consumption is estimated at 123.8 mpg (1.9 liters/100 km) and emissions are 72.42 g/mile (45 g per km).
All-electric range is up to 31 miles (50 km) from the 8.8-kwh lithium-ion battery mounted forward of the rear axle.
Total range as configured is up to 820 km (510 miles).
There are actually three selectable drive modes:
EV mode prioritizes all-electric driving. This activates the front drive unit, and the electric motor at the rear axle can accelerate to a top speed of 80.78 mph (130 kph).
Hybrid mode, as one would expect, makes use of the electric and combustion drive sources. The front electric motor often acts as an engine-driven generator to charge the battery and increase electric range.
Sport mode uses both electric and gas motive forces together. Here, the rear electric motor works with the 2.0 TFSI in a boost mode, in which both drive units output propulsive power.
The 2.0 TFSI delivers 292 horsepower (215 kw), and 280.27 pounds-feet (380 Nm) of torque and operates along with a disc-shaped electric motor via a decoupling clutch.
This first motor of two delivers 40 kw and 199.14 pounds-feet (270 Nm) torque.
This is integrated with a six-speed e-S tronic dual clutch transmission, which sends torque to the front wheels.
A second electric motor separate from the front drive unit is mounted to the rear axle. It supplies propulsive power at low and moderate speeds with maximum power of 85 kw and 199.14 pounds-feet (270 Nm) of torque.
The allroad shooting brake’s exterior skin is a mix of aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP).
The car rides on a MacPherson strut suspension, and Audi says it is “very talented in off-road driving thanks to its high ground clearance, compact wheelbase, short overhangs and electric quattro drive.”
On road, says Audi, “it has a taut and sporty stance” and “Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system offers various modes to the driver.”
Not surprisingly, the car is packed with advanced tech, including shift-by-wire, a 12.3-inch TFT display withh 3D graphics, and a cockpit focused on the driver.
“Another forward-looking feature in the show car is the Audi phone box,” says Audi, “which links the driver’s cell phone to the vehicle electrical system and can inductively charge it as necessary.”