Audi e-tron initiative at Auto Shanghai 2015

With an e-tron sales initiative, Audi is paving the way for even more success in China: in 2016 the company will introduce two new models with plug in hybrid drive systems to the market. Both models – the Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro and the Audi A6 L e tron – are having their world premiere at Auto Shanghai. The Audi prologue allroad show car also offers a glimpse into the future of Audi’s design language.

Audi, the most successful premium brand in China, has been intensively analyzing the unique features of the Chinese market for many years now as well as the expectations of its customers and national trends. With numerous innovations, the brand with the four rings is once again demonstrating its leadership in sportiness, innovation and sustainability in China at Auto Shanghai 2015.

Tops in its class, minimal emissions – the new Audi Q7 e‑tron 2.0 TFSI quattro
With the Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro, the company is combining a TFSI plug‑in hybrid with quattro drive for the first time. Audi has developed this model especially for the Asian markets China, Singapore and Japan. It is sporty, comfortable and at the same time supremely efficient. The Q7 e-tron 2.0 FSI quattro accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in less than six seconds and uses just 2.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (94.1 US mpg), according to the measuring method prescribed in China for plug‑in hybrid vehicles.

Powered by the lithium‑ion battery, the large SUV covers up to 53 kilometers (32.9 mi) on electric power alone – quietly, powerfully and with zero local emissions. Total range is 1,020 kilometers (633.8 mi). The Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro will be available from dealers in the three specified markets starting in 2016.

Exclusively for China: the Audi A6 L e‑tron
With the A6 L e‑tron, Audi is taking an important step toward even greater fuel efficiency in China. Its plug‑in hybrid drive with 180 kw (245 hp) offers powerful performance. This model uses an average of just 2.2 liters (106.9 US mpg) of fuel, according to the measuring method prescribed in China for plug‑in hybrid vehicles.

The model is based on the long version of the Audi A6*, which the company produces locally in China. It is designed as a highly efficient parallel hybrid, with its two power sources arranged back-to-back. The 2.0 TFSI, a four‑cylinder gasoline engine, features 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm (258.1 lb‑ft) of torque. The disk-shaped electric motor provides 91 kW and 220 Nm (162.3 lb‑ft) of torque. Together with a decoupler, it is integrated into the eight‑speed tiptronic transmission and transfers the power to the front wheels. System power is 180 kW (245 hp); maximum system torque is 500 Nm (368.8 lb‑ft).

In the future, the A6 L e‑tron will be produced in a joint venture by FAW‑Volkswagen in Changchun, in the northeast of China. It will be launched in the Chinese market in 2016.

A glimpse into the future: the Audi prologue allroad concept car
The debut 15 years ago of the Audi allroad quattro introduced a new species of car: one that combined the comfort and dynamism of the full‑size class with superior variability and confident ability to handle rough terrain. Now Audi is presenting a concept car that reinterprets typical all‑road elements and provides a glimpse into the brand’s design future. Its design underscores the sporty elegance of the all-road concept.

The five‑door model with a raised body is in every sense a highlight in the family of Audi prologue show cars. Its operating concept enables digital interaction between the driver and passengers, and the plug‑in hybrid drive offers impressive 540 kW (734 hp) system output, with consumption of just 2.4 liters per 100 kilometers (98.0 US mpg), according to NEDC standards. The quattro all‑wheel drive system utilizes the power of the Audi prologue allroad perfectly in every situation.

More information about innovative Audi products at Auto Shanghai can be found at Audi MediaServices and in the digital press kit for Shanghai.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi A6:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.6 – 4.2 (24.5 – 56.0 US mpg)*;
Combined CO2-emissions in g/km: 224 – 109 (360.5 – 175.4 g/mi)**

**The fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions of a vehicle vary due to the choice of wheels and tires. They not only depend on the efficient utilization of the fuel by the vehicle, but are also influenced by driving behavior and other non-technical factors.

The new Audi A6 L e-tron for China

With the A6 L e-tron, Audi is taking an important step toward even greater fuel efficiency in China. The sedan has been developed specifically for the Chinese market. Its plug-in hybrid drive with 180 kW (245 hp) provides for powerful performance. The model consumes on average just 2.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (106.9 US mpg).

After launching the e-tron era in China with the imported A3 Sportback e-tron* in 2015, Audi is taking the next step with the local production of the A6 L e-tron beginning in 2016. The model is based on the long version of the Audi A6, which is already built in China, and is configured as a highly efficient parallel hybrid, meaning that its two drives are arranged one directly behind the other. The 2.0 TFSI is a state-of-the-art, four-cylinder, gasoline engine producing 155 kW (211 hp) and 350 Nm (258.1 lb-ft) of torque. The disk-shaped electric motor provides 91 kW and 220 Nm (162.3 lb-ft) of torque. Together with a decoupler, this is integrated into the eight-speed tiptronic transmission, which transfers the power to the front wheels. System output is 180 kW (245 hp); maximum system torque is 500 Nm (368.8 lb-ft).

Sporty performance, low consumption
The Audi A6 L e-tron, which has a curb weight of just over 2,000 kilograms (4,409.2 lb), delivers sporty performance: The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) takes just 8.4 seconds, and top speed is limited to 210 km/h (130.5 mph). According to the measurement method prescribed in China for plug-in hybrid vehicles, it consumes just 2.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (106.9 US mpg), corresponding to 52 grams CO2 per kilometer (83.7 g/mi). The Audi A6 L e-tron 2.0 TFSI covers 50 kilometers (31.1 mi) purely on electric power and with zero local emissions. It therefore meets the Chinese definition of a New Energy Vehicle. Total range is 880 kilometers (546.8 mi).

Its lithium-ion battery comprises 104 cells and stores 14.1 kWh of energy. Located beneath the luggage compartment, the battery reduces its volume only slightly — capacity is 340 liters (11.9 cu ft). The car thus offers sufficient stowage space for longer trips. The new two-phase charging technology allows charging with 7.2 kW of power. With the appropriate infrastructure (high-power industrial outlet) and high-power charging cable, the batteries can be fully charged in roughly two hours. On a typical household outlet in China, the procedure takes somewhat longer than eight hours, and can thus easily be performed overnight.

Electric driving at up to 135 km/h (83.9 mph)
The intelligent hybrid management system controls the operating states of the Audi A6 L e-tron. The driver can choose between four driving modes. “EV” (electric vehicle) mode prioritizes electric driving at up to 135 km/h (83.9 mph). In “hybrid” mode, the hybrid management system chooses the drive type for the best possible efficiency. In “battery hold” mode, the system stores the available electrical energy and charges the battery in “battery charge” mode. The sedan can coast in hybrid mode — when the driver takes his or her foot off of the accelerator, both drives are deactivated. The electric motor assumes most of the braking, charging the battery. The hydraulic brakes are used only for heavy braking.

Controls and displays
The displays of the Audi A6 L e-tron provide detailed information about the status of the drivetrain and the battery charge. The powermeter in the instrument cluster displays the total system output. The monitor for the MMI navigation plus visualizes the energy flows in the hybrid system; range and consumption figures for electricity and gasoline are displayed in the driver information system.

A number of visual cues identify the plug-in hybrid models from Audi. The 18-inch alloy wheels feature the delicate e-tron design, and LED light guides in the air inlets generate a signature of staggered lines. e-tron badges adorn the fenders and the trunk lid; the diffuser conceals the exhaust system tailpipes.

All the strengths of the A6 model series*
Elegant design, a supremely spacious and cultivated interior, high ride comfort, comprehensively equipped and advanced infotainment — the Audi A6 L e-tron offers all of the strengths of the successful A6 model series. It will be produced by an Audi joint venture with FAW-Volkswagen in the northern Chinese city of Changchun, and will be launched on the Chinese market in 2016.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi A3 Sportback e-tron:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 1.7 – 1.5** (138.4 – 156.8 US mpg);
ombined power consumption in Wh/km: 124 – 114**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 39 – 35** (62.8 – 56.3 g/mi)

Audi A6:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 9.6 – 4.2** (24.5 – 56.0 US mpg);
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 224 – 109** (360.5 – 175.4 g/mi)

**The fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions of a vehicle vary due to the choice of wheels and tires. They not only depend on the efficient utilization of the fuel by the vehicle, but are also influenced by driving behavior and other non-technical factors.

Great class, minimal emissions –the new Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro

The Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro marks the first time that Audi has combined a TFSI plug-in hybrid with quattro all-wheel drive. Audi developed it specially for Asian markets (China, Singapore and Japan). It is sporty, comfortable and at the same time supremely efficient. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in under six seconds while consuming just 2.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (94.1 US mpg) according to the measurement method specified in China for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV).

Audi is presenting the Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro at Auto Shanghai. According to the measurement method specified in China for PHEVs, the large SUV can cover up to 53 kilometers (32.9 mi) solely on the electricity stored in its lithium-ion battery – quietly, powerfully and with zero local emissions. Total range is 1,020 kilometers (633.8 mi). The Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro will be available beginning in 2016.

Sporty power and minimum consumption
The Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro has sporty power. Its 2.0 TFSI and electric motor deliver 270 kW (367 hp) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of system torque – enough to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.9 seconds and for a top speed of 220 km/h (136.7 mph).

The standard consumption of 2.5 liters of fuel (94.1 US mpg) corresponds to CO2 emissions of less than 60 grams per kilometer (96.6 g/mi) and is a new best value in the segment.

The standard thermal management system with integrated heat pump has been specially developed for the plug-in hybrids of the Q7 family*. Audi is the first manufacturer worldwide to market this technology, enabling the brand to establish a new benchmark with respect to electric range, interior comfort and air-conditioning system efficiency.

Space and comfort
The Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI e-tron quattro scores with luxury-class comfort features and the largest interior in its field of competitors. The balanced chassis, optionally available with adaptive air suspension, combines excellent ride comfort and sporty handling. Audi sets additional standards with the display and operating concept of the standard Audi virtual cockpit and a newly developed MMI system.

Operation of the standard MMI navigation plus system is extremely convenient using the MMI touchpad or simplified voice control. The infotainment system in the Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro is tightly integrated into the hybrid management system. In hybrid mode, the system uses the navigation data – including long-range data – to select the most fuel-efficient combination of drive modes along the route to the destination.

The new Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro boasts sporty talents, which it puts on display both in town and on the open road. The new electromechanical power steering is highly efficient as well as sensitive. The five-link wheel suspension, also newly developed, on the front and rear axles are more than 60 kilograms (132.3 lb) lighter than the axles on the conventional Q7 predecessor model, and greatly contribute to the high driving dynamics. The lowered center of gravity also plays an essential role here.

The new Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro
270 kW (367 hp) system output and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) system torque: The Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro has been specially designed for Asian markets (China, Singapore and Japan) and sets new standards using plug-in hybrid technology and quattro all-wheel drive. The large SUV accelerates like a sports car from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 5.9 seconds, but consumes no more than 2.5 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (94.1 US mpg) according the measurement method specified in China for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs) – a best value in its class.

The Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro is the world’s first plug-in hybrid car combining a TFSI engine with quattro all-wheel drive. With a system output of 270 kW (367 hp) and 700 Nm (516.3 lb-ft) of system torque, it accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 5.9 seconds, and continues up to a top speed of 220 km/h (136.7 mph). According to the measurement method specified in China for PHEVs, the large SUV consumes just 2.5 liters of fuel (94.1 US mpg), corresponding to less than 60 grams CO2 per kilometer (96.6 g/mi). This value too sets new standards.

Like all Audi hybrid models, the Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro has also been designed as a parallel hybrid. Its 2.0. TFSI, a highly efficient, latest-generation four-cylinder engine, delivers 185 kW (252 hp) of power and 370 Nm (272.9 lb-ft) of torque. Active engine bearings use targeted counterpulses to eliminate undesirable vibrations.

The disk-shaped electric motor provides 94 kW and 350 Nm (258.1 lb-ft) of torque. Together with a decoupler, it is integrated into the eight-speed tiptronic. The automatic transmission is outstanding for its high efficiency and low weight. The quattro permanent all-wheel drive system distributes the power to all four wheels. During fast cornering, its center differential works closely with the torque vectoring system, an intelligent software feature.

Another highlight of the Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro is the standard Audi virtual cockpit. The all-digital instrument cluster with 12.3-inch display presents all key information in impressively high-quality graphics. The driver can retrieve different levels of information, including specific e-tron displays such as the powermeter. In addition, the instrument cluster offers displays for the energy flow in electric mode, the range (with numbers and graphs) and the charge level of the battery.

Up to 53 kilometers (32.9 mi) electric range: best value in the segment
The lithium-ion battery consists of 168 high-performance battery cells and is fluid-cooled. With a capacity of 17.3 kWh, it allows a range of 53 kilometers (32.9 mi) in electric mode according to the measurement method specified in China for PHEVs – another record in the segment. The total range is 1,020 kilometers (633.8 mi).

Another efficiency component is the standard thermal management system with integrated heat pump, specially developed for the plug-in hybrids of the Q7 family. This makes it possible for the waste heat from the electrical drive components to be made available to the interior. Audi is the first manufacturer worldwide to bring this technology to a production plug-in hybrid, enabling the brand top set new standard with respect to interior comfort, air-conditioning system efficiency and range in purely electric EV mode. Benefits for the customer include a fast-heating cabin and the ability to drive more frequently and longer on electric power alone, even in low outside temperatures.

The new Q7 e-tron quattro is equipped with the new two-phase charging technology that permits charging with up to 7.2 kW of power. Depending on the infrastructure and with a correspondingly high-powered industrial outlet and charging cable, the customer can fully charge the battery in around 2.5 hours.

Maximum efficiency: hybrid management
The hybrid management system controls the operating states of the Audi Q7 e‑tron 2.0 TFSI quattro intelligently, flexibly and with high efficiency. The driver can choose between four modes. EV mode prioritizes electric driving, while in hybrid mode the hybrid management system chooses the type of drive for the most part freely. In battery hold mode, the system conserves the available electrical energy, and charges the battery in battery charge mode.

The large SUV generally starts in electric mode. To activate the TFSI, the driver has to press down on the active accelerator pedal (another innovation from Audi) beyond a certain point of resistance. The point at which the resistance occurs is based on the requirements of the hybrid management system. A pressure point must also be overcome for boosting, in which case both the engine and electric motor work together.

When hybrid mode is active and the eight-speed tiptronic with integrated electric motor is in D, the Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro changes to coasting mode when the driver takes his foot off the accelerator. The TFSI and the electric motor are then deactivated and restarted with no perceptible vibration once the accelerator is pressed again.

When driving in battery charge mode and with the transmission set to S, the system recovers energy as soon as the driver lifts off of the accelerator. The driver can progressively influence the degree of recuperation using the shift paddles on the steering wheel. Most braking is also performed via the electric motor. The hydraulic wheel brakes are used for moderate or sharper deceleration.

The standard MMI navigation plus is closely integrated into the hybrid management system on the Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro. In hybrid mode, the system uses the navigation data – including long-range data – to select the most fuel-efficient combination of drive modes along the route to the destination.

New technologies: top comfort and sporty handling
The new Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro is a car with sporty talents both in town and on the open road. The new electromechanical power steering is highly efficient as well as sensitive. The five-link wheel suspension, also newly developed, on the front and rear axles are 60 kilograms (132.3 lb) lighter compared with the predecessor model, and greatly contribute to the high driving dynamics. The lowered center of gravity also plays an essential role here.

Even the basic version of the large SUV rolls along gently and smoothly, while comfort is further enhanced by the optional adaptive air suspension with controlled damping. The driver can regulate the mode of operation via the standard Audi drive select dynamic handling system. It offers up to seven modes and integrates further technical components such as the steering, accelerator and automatic transmission.

The new Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro also sets standards in assistance systems. New, for example, are collision avoidance assist, turn assist, cross-traffic assist and trailer assist.

As an all-rounder for leisure, family, sports and business, the Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro also effortlessly masters light terrain. A tilt angle display, hill descent control, an off-road mode for the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) and off-road navigation are standard.

Power and understatement: the design
The design of the new 5.05 meter-long (16.6 ft) Audi Q7* strikes a balance between a powerful, honed style and elegant understatement. Details such as the deeply sculpted singleframe grille, the striking emphasis of the wheels and the flared edges over the wheels – the “quattro blisters” – embody the brand’s DNA. All lines and surfaces are designed precisely and incisively, and accentuate the width and solidness of the car. The tailgate wraps around the steeply raked D-pillars – typical of all Q models from Audi.

The Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro features special designs for the singleframe grille, the air inlets, the 19-inch and optional 20-inch wheels and the rear diffuser. The headlights are three-dimensional, with their light signature appearing as a double arrow. LED light guides in the air inlets generate a new, characteristic e-tron signature of staggered lines that underscore the horizontals.

The body plays a decisive role in the relatively low weight of the Audi Q7 e‑tron 2.0 TFSI quattro. It draws on the same potential harbored by lightweight construction as the conventional Q7. The coefficient of drag is just 0.34.

Elegant design and top quality: the interior
The Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro offers the largest interior in its segment. The three rear seats have adjustable backrests and can be moved fore/aft as desired. The lithium-ion battery is mounted in such a way as to take up as little space as possible.

Design elements like the wrap-around – the long arc around the driver and front passenger – the trim strips and the panel of air vents emphasize the generosity of the interior. The two-part trim areas allow many individual combinations; the range of upholstery is of luxury-class standard. New to the Q family are premium Audi design selection materials color-coordinated to the finest detail.

State of the art: controls and displays
Audi also uses the latest technology from consumer electronics in the area of infotainment. Its main element is the second-generation modular infotainment platform, which utilizes the enormous computing power of the Tegra 30 graphics chip from NVIDIA. Operation is by voice, with the multifunction steering wheel or with the completely newly developed MMI terminal, the MMI touchpad. Audi equips all Q7 e‑tron models with the MMI all-in-touch, the touchpad with haptic feedback. The supplemental infotainment modules are innovative: the Audi tablet, which serves as Rear Seat Entertainment, the 3D sound systems from Bose and Bang & Olufsen, and the new Audi phone box that inductively charges cell phones and significantly improves reception quality by connecting to the exterior antenna.

Audi has also added specific items to infotainment for displays in electric mode. For example, consumption statistics are available along with a graphic display of the electric range in the navigation map. Owners of the Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro can use a timer to start the charging and precooling/preheating processes, thus adapting these to the desired departure time to conserve resources and reduce costs.

The equipment: typically top of the line
The Audi Q7 e-tron 2.0 TFSI quattro comes with the standard equipment of a top model. Its special features include the Audi virtual cockpit, MMI navigation plus with online updates of the navigation map, MMI all-in-touch and 19-inch wheels. The automatic air conditioning is also a tailored solution. It operates in unison with a heat pump that utilizes the waste heat of the electrical drive components for thermal management. As an important efficiency element, it is another great innovation in the Audi Q7 e-tron, heating up the interior faster at low temperatures than a conventional solution, for example, to extend the electric range by up to 20 percent.

Options for the SUV include a head-up display, tinted privacy glazing and a panoramic glass sunroof. If desired, the driver and front passenger can sit on climate-controlled, customized contour seats with massage function.

Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi Q7:
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.3 – 5.7** (28.3 – 41.3 US mpg); Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 193 – 149** (310.6 – 239.8 g/mi)

**The fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions of a vehicle vary due to the choice of wheels and tires. They not only depend on the efficient utilization of the fuel by the vehicle, but are also influenced by driving behavior and other non-technical factors.

The new form of automotive freedom:the Audi prologue allroad show car

High-end technology and unrestricted everyday practicality, plus alluring elegance: The Audi prologue allroad is making its world premiere at Auto Shanghai. In any terrain, in any situation: the five-door model with the raised body provides a new emphasis in the Audi prologue show car family. Its operating concept enables digital interaction between driver and passengers; the plug-in hybrid drive impresses with 540 kW (734 hp), yet low consumption.

Audi prologue, Audi prologue Avant and now the Audi prologue allroad: the new Audi design language is diverse, emotional and groundbreaking.

Like all allroad models from Audi, the Audi prologue allroad makes no compromises. 15 years ago, a new class of automobile debuted with the Audi allroad quattro: a car combining the comfort and dynamics of the luxury class with maximum variability and masterful off-road capability. Audi is now presenting a study in China that reflects a fresh interpretation of the typical allroad themes, providing a clear glimpse at the brand’s design future. The design of the Audi allroad prologue accentuates the elegant sportiness and uniqueness of the allroad concept.

Powerful and elegant: the side view
Viewed from the side, the 5.13 meter (16.8 ft) Audi prologue allroad displays the new, dynamic interpretation of the Audi allroad philosophy. A long front-end, a roofline that quickly begins to drop again and extremely flat D-pillars give it an athletic profile and emphasize the elegance and dynamics of the allroad concept in a fresh way.

The prominent bumpers and the flared wheel wells make the all-around talents of the Audi prologue allroad abundantly clear at the very first glance. The proportions emphasize the front and rear wheel equally. The widely flared wheel wells house 22‑inch wheels with a five-arm design.

The show car, demurely finished in Dehua White, is a stage for progressive elegance in every detail. The window capping strips include sensor surfaces for the door locks; the covers for the charging port and fuel tank are also electric. Aluminum accents the roof rails, the mirror housings, the area around the windows and both the front and rear of the car. An extension offset in gray runs along the wheel wheels and the entire bottom edge of the raised body. It expresses the power and robustness of the car and makes it seem even wider.

Progressive: the front end
A flat and wide Singleframe grille dominates the front. It is flushly integrated into the body of the automobile. With their cohesive appearance, its brushed aluminum crossbars create a new variant of the Audi e-tron look. The show car’s wedge-shaped headlights feature Matrix laser technology, an innovation that further extends Audi’s lead in lighting technology. The light is broken down in to countless tiny pixels, and the possibilities for distributing this light are virtually boundless. LED light guides sketch a new e-tron light signature at the upper and outer edges of the air inlets, which are bisected by the bumper blade.

Dynamic: the rear
The rear of the Audi prologue allroad is strongly drawn-in laterally and as with a yacht is tilted in the direction of travel, giving the show car a dynamic appearance even when standing still. A narrow strip of lights connects the LED rear lights. Their housings are made of 3D glass producing three-dimensional, sculpted effects. The sporty rear apron includes flat, horizontally split opening on both sides that graphically integrate the exhaust system into the rear-end design. This detail symbolizes the drive concept of the Audi prologue allroad – the efficient interplay of combustion engine and electric motor.

Spacious and airy: the interior
With its serenely elegant and highly variable interior, the Audi prologue allroad is the perfect car for everyday driving and recreation. Driver and passengers experience the spacious interior of the show car as a luxurious lounge. Lithely drawn lines and slender geometric bodies convey the impression of expanse, serenity and lightness. The continuous center console and the front seats appear to float. The instrument panel features a strictly horizontal orientation. Its upper level is part of the wraparound – the arc encircling the cabin and the luggage compartment. A perforated trim panel covers the broad air vent; it retracts as soon as the air-conditioning is set higher.

Glimpse into the future: the instrument panel
The interior architecture of the Audi prologue allroad merges with a groundbreaking new display and operating concept. Across its full width, the front of the instrument panel is designed to be a display surface which integrates three touch displays. Aluminum frames surround the driver displays to the right and left of the steering wheel. The front passenger can configure 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.

The center console tunnel houses an additional driver display for climate control system, infotainment and text input. Featuring innovative OLED technology with an extremely thin, flexible film, it displays brilliant, high-contrast images. When inactive, the display is in a flat retracted position; as soon as the car is started, it moves up at an angle. The brand with the four rings is also breaking new ground with the Audi virtual cockpit future, which lies in the driver’s field of view. High-resolution displays and three semi-transparent mirrors generate a virtual visual stage with three levels. Thanks to this staggered approach, information is structured better and is easier to grasp.

Innovation in the rear
Rear passengers in the Audi prologue allroad sit in individual seats. They use 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. When the audio system is switched on, a sound spoiler moves out of the rear wheelhouse panelings, homogeneously distributing music in the interior in top quality. Two Audi tablets, which can be mounted in the backs of the front seats, also use OLED technology. They are extremely thin and slightly curved.

The show car offers its driver and passengers superior comfort before the car even begins to move. The “butler” – an innovative, intelligent software program – identifies the passengers as they get based on their smartphones and adjusts the seats and climate control system according to their preferences. The system also makes suggestions for music and route planning according to the owner’s preferences. The Easy Slot system in the center console connects the phones with the onboard infotainment system and charges them inductively.

Novel: the materials and colors
The color and trim concept in the interior of the Audi prologue allroad emphasizes comfort and sporty elegance. The upper section of the instrument panel is finished in Lifestyle Blue, while the lower zone, the seats and the carpeting are Sard Brown. Bezels of open-pored, dark fine-grain ash veneer adorn the wraparound, the doors and the center tunnel console. Aluminum elements set powerful accents.

Natural-looking Unicum leather is in large sections of the instrument panel, on the center console tunnel and on the seats. Artfully designed perforations in the seat center lines are evocative of the Singleframe grille bars. A generous band of Alcantara runs from the door inserts over the arm rests to the luggage compartment.

Powerful efficiency
Powerful on the road, superior in light terrain, always efficient: the technology in the Audi prologue allroad offers the ultimate in automotive freedom.

The 4.0 TFSI engine – a V8 with twin turbochargers – and the electric motor integrated into the eight-speed tiptronic produce 540 kW (734 hp) of system power and 900 Nm (663.8 lb-ft) of system torque. The quattro all-wheel drive system utilizes the power of the Audi prologue allroad perfectly in every situation.

The show car rockets from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.5 seconds, yet consumes just 2.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (98.0 US mpg) according to the NEDC standard for plug-in hybrids, which corresponds to 56 grams CO2 per kilometer (90.1 g/mi). The lithium-ion battery mounted in the rear of the car has a capacity of 14.1 kWh for a purely electric range of 54 kilometers (33.6 mi). With its AWC (Audi wireless charging) technology which the brand is developing for series production, the Audi prologue allroad can also be charged inductively.

The body of the Audi prologue allroad is 77 millimeters (3.0 in) higher than that of the Audi prologue Avant. The chassis is state-of-the-art. The front and wheel axles are lightweight, five-link constructions. The 20-inch brake discs are made of weight-saving carbon-fiber ceramic. The adaptive air suspension sport – an air suspension system with controlled damping – offers a wide range between extremely comfortable cruising and tight handling. The dynamic all-wheel steering combines a variable-ratio, dynamic steering unit with an additional steering unit for the rear wheels to harmoniously resolve the conflict between dynamic driving and stability.

Four Audi customer teams in France

A new challenge with changed regulations: four Audi customer teams – including the 2014 runners-up – will start the new French GT Championship season at Lédenon next weekend (April 18 to 19).

The Audi teams with a total of seven sports cars will be meeting two other marques in France. A modified race format promises additional suspense. The two races per weekend will be extended from 60 to 90 minutes, except for the race weekend at Le Mans featuring three 60-minute races. For the first time, three instead of the previous two drivers have to take the wheel – two driver changes are prescribed per race. The seven events on the calendar include challenging French tracks such as Le Mans, Magny-Cours, Le Castellet and Val de Vienne, plus two foreign races at Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) and Navarra (Spain).“France is one of the most important European markets for Audi,” says Romolo Liebchen, Head of Audi Sport customer racing. “Being represented again with such a strong line-up of customer teams in this highly competitive Championship supports our brand.”

The runners-up in the 2014 Championship, Team Sébastien Loeb Racing, are fielding two Audi R8 LMS ultra cars. In 2014, the outfit of the record World Rally Champion competed in the French GT Championship with Audi for the first time and was immediately in contention for the title. Mike Parisy and Henry Hassid, with a gap of just two points, only had to admit defeat in the season finale. Parisy is racing in the 2015 season again. His new team-mates are David Hallyday, a seasoned campaigner, and Philippe Gaillard. Three young drivers, who will be battling to win the new ‘Junior Challenge,’ will be at the wheel of the second Audi R8 LMS ultra. “Last year, we just barely missed the title, so we’re especially motivated for the new season,” says Sébastien Loeb.

The experienced squad of Saintéloc Racing with three Audi R8 LMS ultra cars and Teams Speed Car (one Audi R8 LMS ultra) and Tech Auto by Exclusive Cars (one Audi R8 LMS) complete the line-up of the four rings in France. The Audi customers are independently fielding their 560-hp GT3 race cars but can rely on expert support by Audi Sport customer racing for set-up and maintenance.

The Audi customer teams in the 2015 French GT Championship

Audi R8 LMS ultra #3 (Sébastien Loeb Racing)
Christian Bottemanne (F), Christophe Hamon (F), Lonni Martins (F)

Audi R8 LMS ultra #5 (Sébastien Loeb Racing)
David Hallyday (F), Philippe Gaillard (F), Mike Parisy (F)

Audi R8 LMS ultra #7 (Speed Car)
Laurent Cazenave (F), Claude Degremont (F), Rémy Deguffroy (F)

Audi R8 LMS ultra #22 (Saintéloc Racing)
Gilles Lallement (F), TBA, TBA

Audi R8 LMS ultra #23 (Saintéloc Racing)
Jean-Paul Buffin (F), TBA, TBA

Audi R8 LMS ultra #24 (Saintéloc Racing)
Romain Monti (F), Pierre Sancinena (F), Valentin Simonet (F)

Audi R8 LMS #30 (Tech Auto by Exclusive Cars)
Julien Goujat (F), Florent Petit (F), TBA

Calendar

18–18/04 Lédenon (F)
02–03/05 Le Mans (F)
06–07/06 Spa-Francorchamps (B)
04–05/07 Val de Vienne (F)
29–30/08 Magny-Cours (F)
26–27/09 Navarra (E)
24–25/10 Le Castellet (F)