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Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Forecasts the Future

Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Forecasts the Future

By Jeff Youngs,
Calling it "a concrete look into the near future," Audi unveiled the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. More than just a rolling fantasy, the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept previews a likely Audi Q1 crossover vehicle while at the same providing a clear look at the automaker's thinking about future powertrains and technology.

For example, this concept car is equipped with a redesigned Multi-Media Interface (MMI) system, one that is paired with controls on the multi-function steering wheel and which uses a menu structure similar to that of a smartphone for more intuitive use. Available today, the corresponding touchpad allows the user to input characters. In the concept, it adds the ability to zoom in, zoom out, and scroll the MMI display screen. Users can also perform free text search using the MMI.

To ensure that the MMI controls always remain the proper distance from the driver, the concept vehicle's center console slides with the driver's seat. The Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept is also equipped with a 12.3-inch Thin Film Transistor digital gauge cluster with 3-D graphics and Classic, Infotainment, and Sport display modes. Proximity-sensing climate controls deploy from large round air vents in the dashboard.

Designed to appeal to "young, sporty, and active people," according to Audi, the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept is constructed of aluminum and carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP), painted a color called Ice Blue. Short overhangs, a low sweeping roofline, and dark gray protective material and fender flares provide a look appropriate for a crossover SUV, and the concept vehicle's 4-segment headlights employ matrix LED technology. Lightweight, 19-inch wheels and dual exhaust outlets also contribute to the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept's sporty appearance.

Inside, the vehicle's interior is driver-focused, according to Audi, equipped with front sport seats, an Alcantara headliner, bright and dark aluminum trim, and lots of leather. An easy-entry function helps load two passengers into the rear seat, and when the rear seat is folded, a level cargo floor holds larger objects.

The most significant thing about the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept is its E-tron Quattro powertrain. A 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine is paired with a 6-speed e-S-tronic dual-clutch transmission with an integrated electric assist motor, a second electric motor driving the rear wheels, and an 8.8-kWh Lithium-ion battery. Combined, total system output is 408 horsepower and 479 lb.-ft. of torque in a 3,527-lb. car.

The Audi Drive Select Management system offers EV, Hybrid, and Sport mode. In EV mode, the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept can travel 31 miles operating only on electricity, and achieves a top speed of 80 mph. In Hybrid mode, the gasoline engine, electric motor in the transmission, and the rear electric motor collaborate to maximize fuel economy and give the car a 510-mile range. In Sport mode, the powertrain's full power is available, delivering acceleration to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds on the way to a top speed of 155 mph.

Coasting and regenerative braking systems operate based on the driving situation. This conceptual Audi also includes Hold and Charge powertrain settings, electric steering, MacPherson strut front suspension, 4-link rear suspension, and what Audi claims is "high ground clearance."

Based on Audi's comments in relation to the Allroad Shooting Brake Concept, a production model based on this vehicle is forthcoming. Many of the powertrain, interior, and infotainment technologies are also likely in the works.

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