Audi Prologue Allroad concept breaks cover with 734 PS hybrid system

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Audi has officially revealed the Prologue Allroad concept prior to its debut, scheduled for the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show.

Rumors about the third member of the Prologue family turned out to be true as the German brand has taken the wraps off the Prologue Allroad concept that previews the next generation A6 Allroad. The company explains the study “reflects a fresh interpretation of the typical allroad themes, providing a clear glimpse at the brand’s design future”.

The 5.13-meter long vehicle is 77 mm higher than the Prologue Avant concept and “displays the new, dynamic interpretation of the Audi allroad philosophy”. It features a long front end, sloped roofline and flat D pillars. Also notable are the matrix laser headlights and LED rear lights.

The interior comes with four separated seats and a “groundbreaking” operating system with three touchscreen displays. The front passenger can configure the infotainment options using a widescreen display fully integrated into the instrument panel. He can swipe to send these to the right driver display or to the Audi virtual cockpit future behind the steering wheel. Rear passengers benefit from an additional OLED display on the center console to adjust the seats, the climate control system and the infotainment for their area or to exchange data with the driver.

Powering the Prologue Allroad concept is a hybrid system that consists of a 4.0-liter TFSI petrol engine with two turbochargers and an electric motor integrated into the eight-speed tiptronic transmission. 734 PS (540 kW) and 900 Nm (663.8 lb-ft) accelerate the machine from 0 to 100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 3.5 seconds. Average fuel consumptions stands at 2.4 liters per 100 km (98 US mpg) which corresponds to 56 grams CO2 per km.

A lithium-ion battery is mounted in the rear of the car. It has a capacity of 14.1 kWh for a purely electric range of 54 kilometers (33.6 miles). With its AWC (Audi wireless charging) technology the concept can also be charged inductively.

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The front and wheel axles have a lightweight five-link constructions and 20-inch carbon-fiber ceraminc brake discs. The vehicle rides on an adaptive air suspension that offers a wide range between “extremely comfortable cruising and tight handling”. Also interesting is thedynamic all-wheel steering system that combines a variable-ratio, dynamic steering unit with an additional steering unit for the rear wheels.

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