Audi has presented a stunning follow-up to its Prologue Concept in Switzerland today.
The new Prologue Avant offers a preview of the German automaker’s future designs for four-door and wagon models. The Prologue Avant concept measures in at 16.8-feet long and 6.5-feet wide, just a couple of inches shy of the current A8’s length while being slightly wider.
The plug-in hybrid drivetrain found in the concept is borrowed from the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro that features a 3.0-liter V6 diesel engine paired to an electric motor. In the Prologue Avant concept, Audi tweaked the powertrain for even more performance, churning 455 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque to make the sedan go from 0 to 62 mph in 5.1 seconds and giving it a limited top speed of 155 mph. In addition, the concept has a pure-electric driving range of 33.6 miles. Audi says that this hybrid powertrain uses technology that is close to series production
It isn’t just what’s under the hood that is series production technology either, as the Prologue Avant’s chassis also features plenty of components that can be seen on various Audi models on today’s roads. That includes the adaptive air suspension, front and rear axles and the 20-inch carbon fiber ceramic brake discs. Naturally being an Audi, quattro all-wheel drive is a given, but the concept also benefits from a dynamic all-wheel-drive steering system that combines a dynamic transmission steering system on the front axle with an additional steering system for the rear wheels, where an electric motor actuates two tie rods.
Inside, Audi is showing off flexible OLED displays that feature a bendable structure that can adapt its angle to the rear seat backrests’ angle of inclination. The display gives rear passengers the ability to set seat adjustment, climate control, audio/video and ambient lighting. There’s also the “butler,” an innovative and intelligent software program that identifies the vehicle’s occupants based on their smartphones. Once it determines which occupant is sitting where, the seats will automatically adjust while the climate control system will be set to their preferences.
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