The prologue concept car foreshadows the angular Audi styling in the future...
On the Brussels show, we aimed our lens quite extensively on the Audi prologue allroad concept car, as it stood proudly under the refined and stylish arches of the breathtaking Audi stand. Both the car and the stand really literally "stand out", and we just let you admire some photos here.
Hans Knol ten Bensel
The angular styling and proportions of the prologue indicate the styling language of future Audi’s.
On the other hand, the e-tron Quattro concept seen here is a faithful harbinger of the stylish Q6. The Audi e-tron quattro concept study that was presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015 provides a clear indication of the final Q6 production version.
Large series production of this first purely electric driven SUV from Audi will begin at the site in Brussels in 2018. The plant will also produce its own batteries. The site in Belgium will thus become a key plant for electric mobility at the Volkswagen Group.
The company will transfer production of the Audi A1 from Belgium to Martorell in Spain. The Audi Q3, which is currently produced in Spain, will be built in Győr (Hungary) in the future.
State of the art aerodynamics and design…
The SUV with sporty, coupe-like lines, low greenhouse, tapered rear end with aerodynamic separating edges is 4.88 meters (16.0 ft) long, 1.93 meters (6.3 ft) wide and just 1.54 meters (5.1 ft) high, and sports five doors.
It has excellent aerodynamics, with a cd value of only 0.25, and of course top-level aeroacoustics. One should not forget that an electric motor is very silent…
Examples include aerodynamic details such as the moving elements at the front, sides and rear; camera technology instead of conventional exterior mirrors; and a fully enclosed floor pan
Matrix laser technology headlights,
and an iconic e-tron design with OLED lighting elements at the front and rear.
The roof has solar cells, which saves electricity for the battery
With a revolutionary Interior
The Q6 has room for four adults, 615-liter (21.7 cu ft) luggage compartment. The dashboard is futuristic with with OLED operating and display concept, a new Audi virtual cockpit with curved OLED as a digital instrument cluster. The steering wheel is equipped with touch surfaces in the spokes. Online connection is possible via LTE, with wide range of connectivity functions available
Of course, there is excellent cabin comfort: innovative film vents are installend in the front seat backs to ventilate the rear compartment.
The body of the e-tron Quattro, and its series production version is based on the MLB evo platform; three electric motors drive the car, one on the front axle, two on the rear axle with – noblesse oblige - dynamic torque vectoring.
Total output is not less than 370 kW, with total torque more than 800 Nm (590.0 lbft). This results in formidable acceleration power: 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in just 4.6 seconds, with an electronically governed top speed of 210 km/h (130.5 mph)
Of course there is intelligent control strategy for the interplay of the electric motors, various recuperation levels are provided.
The Lithium-ion battery is mounted in the floor between the axles, with 95 kWh capacity for a range of more than 500 kilometers (310.7 mi) on a full charge.
Charging is possible with AC and DC electrical current, and is made more convenient thanks to Audi Wireless Charging (AWC) and piloted parking
Last but not least, the chassis has adaptive air suspension and dynamic-all-wheel steering, together with technologies for piloted driving, and a central driver assistance controller (zFAS).
Further news in Geneva…
At the time of writing, it is rumored that the Q2 will make its debut in Geneva. The Q2 is based on the MQB platform of the A3, will be available both in two- and four wheel drive. The car is expected to go on sale in the summer, and the Q2 is the first product from Audi design boss Marc Lichte, who came from VW in late 2013 to replace Wolfgang Egger.
Wait to see more on these columns…
Hans Knol ten Bensel