Audi Crosslane Coupe Previews Future Audi Style

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Loaded with interesting features, the Audi Crosslane Coupe concept just debuted in Paris to give the world a peek at its future design.

Inside and out, the car is an illustration of things to come for the German luxury brand’s Q vehicles. Most importantly, the car is a plug-in hybrid relying on a 1.5-liter TFSI engine and two electric motors. Audi calls it a dual-mode hybrid because the car can run on either hybrid or pure electric mode – much like any plug-in on the market today.

Its system produces 177 hp, which seems sort of silly given its size. To further emphasize how un-sporty it is, Audi also says the car takes 8.6 seconds to reach 62 mph (100 km/h). It’s also limited to just over 113 mph, but none of that matters because this is a concept that won’t ever see production.

What probably will see production is some form of the engine and electric drivetrain, though almost certainly in a more powerful form if it comes Stateside. In its current form, Audi says it gets a ludicrous 213.81 U.S. mpg, but that figure isn’t based on EPA tests. In reality, that number is probably less factual than an episode of The Real World.

Apart from that, the Crosslane Coupe also has some less mechanical goodies that will would be cool to see in future Audis. It’s roof, for example, is made of two carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) shells and opens to make this an open air concept. The CFRP theme continues through much of the car, hinting at Audi’s affinity for the material. Taken down, the car’s interior is open to the world, including its CFRP dashboard cowl.

Finally, the concept is built on a “multimaterial space frame” made of aluminum, glass fiber-reinforced polymer and CFRP to keep the car light. Audi says the vehicle’s unladen weight (without any fluids) is 3,064 lbs. While that might not seem very light given all the car’s carbon fiber, that also includes a large lithium-ion battery pack and electric motor components notorious for being heavy.

With elements of the Crosslane Coupe expected in future models you can look forward to (or plan to avoid) the car’s striking new face and features.

GALLERY: Audi Crosslane Coupe concept

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="">Google+</A>.

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  • Wally Wally on Sep 28, 2012

    With all of the new hybrid variations coming out I don't envy the Automotive Technician of the near future. They all sound interesting and it seems like we are going to end up with full electric cars sooner or later. I am just wondering what repair costs will be and what the TCO will be on these cars during the transition. Wallace Rogers -

  • Angela Angela on Sep 28, 2012

    I wonder if Audi is going to based their new car designs on this one. If so and all of the car companies do that I think that very soon, we will have a shift in car styles driving on the roads.