2011 Frankfurt Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The A2 Concept gets an all-electric powertrain.
- Innovative lighting and funky materials are features of this four-place "technical concept."
- Audi says the A2 Concept provides "another peek into the future of electric mobility."
INGOLSTADT, Germany — Audi says its A2 Concept, teased in a series of sketches ahead of its 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show debut, provides "another peek into the future of electric mobility." But the four-passenger hatchback also offers a glimpse at the second-generation A2 compact, now due in 2015 — a decade after the ground-breaking original went out of production in Europe.
The A2 Concept will be powered by an all-electric drivetrain, and measures just under 150 inches long — roughly the same length as its predecessor.
Audi is using the concept — which it refers to as a "technical study" — to showcase several emerging technologies that are expected to make it into production in the near future.
Among them is a dark glass roof that switches to clear glass at the touch of button; approach sensors that detect the vehicle owner and unlock the car doors via gesture control; LED matrix beam headlamps; intelligent taillamps that adapt to changing visibility, and a laser-diode rear foglamp that projects a red warning triangle onto the road in foggy conditions.
The cockpit features touch-control surfaces on the inside and to the right of the steering wheel. Four individual seats, with storage space under the fold-up seat cushions, are mounted on the flat load floor, which is covered in a ribbed material made from recycled polyester. Interior panels are covered in polyurethane that exudes the feel of neoprene.
Edmunds.com says: Which new technology would you most like to see on a future Audi? It's difficult to choose.