Audi Unveils Hybrid Prologue Avant Concept
The awaited Audi Prologue Avant Concept has been revealed before its official premiere at the Geneva Auto Show next week. We have seen from the teasers that the car has a revolutionary design, which hints to the possible direction of company's creative philosophy. The car is fitted with new infotainment system and entertainment technology, but most importantly it comes with a hybrid drivetrain.
The high-performance unit is capable of a total of 455 hp (335 kW) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque. As a matter of fact, the plug-in hybrid drive of the prologue Avant is almost similar to this of the Q7 e-tron Quattro.
This means that the car is driven by a 3.0 TDI engine combined with a powerful electric motor. The first unit produces 353 hp, while the second one (which by the way is integrated in the transmission) generates additional 100 hp. Speaking about transmissions, the one used here is eight-speed and has the special designation "tiptronic". Of course it translates the power to all four wheels.
In terms of acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h, this car does not show anything impressive. In fact, I've always thought that Audis are little tardy. The number I am referring to is 5.1 seconds and the top speed is 155 mph.
The "big deal" here is the CO2 gases emitted as well as the efficiency. Audi prologue Avant returns up to 176mpg and emits only 43 grams of CO2 per kilometre. In pure electric drive, the car performs average and shows a range of 33.6 miles. Next thing that must be addressed is the AWC. This abbreviation stands for Audi wireless charging, meaning that the battery of the car can also be charged inductively.
New in the design of the car is the Singleframe grille integrated into the body. The headlamps are another element that needs to be mentioned. They comprise of high-resolution Matrix Laser technology, thanks to which the light is decomposed into many tiny pixels.
The sides of this Audi include flat D-pillars and huge 22-inch wheels fitted with size 285/30 tyres. The car is painted in dark blue color, the outside rear-view mirrors are made from aluminium, while a frame made from polished and matt aluminium surrounds the side windows.
Inside, there is nothing but luxury. The spacious interior is in dark hues and features a dashboard that is composed of three touch displays, showing important information. Furthermore, the upper instrument panel is in lifestyle blue, while sarder brown color has been chosen for the bottom instrument panel, seats and the carpet.
Just like the exterior, the interior features aluminium elements. These include the spokes of the steering wheel, the frames of the driver displays, the door inserts and the mountings and switches of the seats. Natural Unikat leather has been used for the upholstery of the seats, dashboard and centre tunnel console.
You already know that Audi Prologue Avant will have an official world premiere next week in Geneva, and this is the time when we expect to see some more from it. Whether this concept will become a production model, I sincerely doubt, but it is definitely a step further in company's range of vehicles.