Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Audi | posted April 18, 2015 10:30
Audi's concept is set to debut in Shanghai next week
Set for a full reveal in the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, the Audi Allroad Concept is the third addition to the Prologue family which started with the original Prologue Concept followed by the Avant concept. Audi says the newest concept “reflects a fresh interpretation of the typical allroad themes, providing a clear glimpse at the brand’s design future”.
The Prologue Allroad Concept measures in at 5,130mm and sits 77 mm higher than the Prologue Avant concept. Most of its styling is shared with the Prologue Avant and features a long hood and a sloping hoodline. Like the other Prologue concepts, the front features Audi's trademark Singleframe grill, wedge-shaped headlights that feature Matrix laser technology and the taillight housings are made of 3D glass producing three-dimensional effects.
The Prologue Allroad rides on adaptive air suspension for comfort or sport and features all wheel drive and all wheel steering. It rides on 22 inch wheels which house 20 inch carbon ceramic brakes on all four corners.
Inside, passengers get four individual seats and features, in Audi's words, a “groundbreaking” operating system with three touchscreen displays. The front passenger can control the infotainment system via the widescreen touch panel integrated in the dashboard. Rear passengers get an additional OLED display on the center console which to adjust the seats and the climate control system as well as the ability to control the infotainment system.
The Prologue Allroad Concept is powered by a V8 gas engine and an electric motor making this concept a hybrid. The 4.0-liter TFSI V8 engine is supplanted by two turbochargers plus an electric motor and is hooked to an 8 speed automatic transmission. The result is 734 PS and 900 Nm which does 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds. Audi claims, with the electric motors to assist, the Prologue Allroad concept will do 41.6 km/l.
Assisting in getting the fuel consumption figure is the 14.1 kWh battery mounted to the back of the car gives a pure electric range of 54 kilometers. Audi is also developing wireless charging for seamless topping up of the battery.