Audi is going to present Audi prologue Avant show car at the Geneva Motor Show next month. It is part of the prologue family, first introduced in November 2014 at the Los Angeles Motorshow in a coupe form. Now Audi is showing how new design language is going to affect styling of its estates of the future.
Audi prologue Avant belongs to luxury car class, with advanced technological innovations and dynamic character. But probably the most intriguing part of this new concept car is the styling. Sharp lines, low front and wide stance emphasizes sporting character of the car, while long body (5.11 m.) and stretched roof should demonstrate versatility. Styling of the front of the car is prominent with its Singleframe grille and wedge-shaped headlights with high-resolution Matrix Laser technology, but even side profile is attractive.
Car has wide shoulders, smoothly integrated into the architecture. The front and the rear wheels are emphasized equally, hinting the genes of Audi Quattro heritage. Audi prologue Avant show car is equipped with 22-inch wheels with sharp-angled spokes, while outside rear-view mirrors are sleek and sculptured. Long continuous lines of the silhouette of the car drag attention to the rear, which is as impressive as other angles as well.
The rear lamp strip runs across the full width of the car, and incorporates LED technology as well as 3D glass which has a sculptural effect. The rear section itself is leaning forward in the direction of travel like a yacht, giving design even more dynamic effect. On either side of the car there are flat horizontally split exhaust pipes, but gas from 3.0 litter TDI engine come only through the upper ones, as lower ones are for styling, references to Singleframe grille. That also symbolises the e-tron concept of the show car.
Technology that goes into this show car is mind boggling. Audi prologue Avant is a hybrid with 455 hp and 750 Nm of torque. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.1 seconds, while still managing fuel consumption of just 1.6 litres per 100 kilometres. Car also has range of 54 km in pure electric drive mode alone. Audi is developing wireless charging technology for its production vehicles and it is going to be showcased in Audi prologue Avant show car as well. But technology does not stop with the powertrain.
Car has no door handles – instead illuminated surfaces have to be touched for electric motors to open the doors. Audi has developed advanced infotainment system as well. Across its full width, the front of the dashboard is designed as a display surface which integrates three touch-sensitive displays – two for driver and one for the front passenger. All car’s functions are going to be controlled by these displays. Rear passengers get displays as well – they move at an angle to ensure ergonomic usability. All these displays are high-quality OLEDs to ensure extremely sharp images that are rich in contrast. All this technology is smoothly integrated into modern, spacious interior.
Audi prologue Avant also features innovative chassis solutions, such as adaptive air suspension with controlled damping, carbon fibre ceramics brake disks and dynamic all-wheel-drive steering system. All of this should provide comfortable, yet dynamic character of the car. Four wheel steering system is interesting in itself, since at lower speed rear wheels turn up to five degrees in the opposite direction of the front wheels, thus providing tighter turning circle, while at higher speed they turn in the same direction as the front wheels for smooth lane changes.
It is unlikely that this car is ever going to reach its production form. But largest part of its technology, such as hybrid system and wireless charging, is very close to series production. Moreover, car represents Audi’s new design language, which means that we might be looking at styling of Audi cars of the future. However, Audi prologue Avant show car is not going to be the only star of company’s stand at the Geneva Motor Show next month – Audi is going to introduce new generation R8 supercar as well, so we will have to wait and see the response to the new Audi estate concept.