What Is It?
Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept
What's New About This Model?
This is a concept for a future small, sporty crossover with a plug-in gas-electric hybrid drivetrain. It combines styling elements from the 2014 Audi Allroad and TT production cars, and has a tall, two-door wagon body style: hence, the name Allroad Shooting Brake. Notably, this car is significantly smaller than any crossover Audi has ever offered in the U.S., including the 2015 Audi Q3 .
When Does It Go on Sale?
The Audi Allroad Shooting Brake is strictly a concept car, so it will never go on sale to the public. Elements of its design, however, will likely find their way into upcoming new vehicles in the next few years.
What Kind of Engine and Transmission Does It Have?
· 2.0-liter, turbocharged and direct-injected inline four-cylinder engine (gasoline): 288 horsepower, 280 pound-feet of torque
· Two electric motors: 40kW front-drive motor (integrated with transmission), 85kW rear-drive motor (rear-axle-mounted, separate from main drivetrain)
· 8.8-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack
· Total system power: 402 hp, 479 lb-ft of torque
· Six-speed, dual-clutch automated manual transmission
· Claimed 0-60-mph time: 4.6 seconds
· Top speed: 155 mph (electronically limited)
·Claimed range in EV mode: 31 miles
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
This being a concept car, it has some exotic details including body panels made of aluminum and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic. The wheels have carbon fiber in them, too. Using such materials helps reduce weight, which is critical on any vehicle with a heavy battery pack. However, carbon fiber remains quite expensive and widespread use of it usually can't be justified on anything short of elite sports cars.
Inside, the Allroad Shooting Brake has the most advanced version yet of Audi's Multi Media Interface (MMI). Details include 3D graphics for the instrument panel and a new feature called the Audi Phone Box, which would link your smartphone to the car's electrical system and provide inductive charging.
How Long Will I Have To Wait To See Something Like This at a Dealer?
Given its small size and two-door body style, a vehicle like the Audi Shooting Brake Concept might not be a good fit for the U.S. anytime soon. Recently, Audi announced that the Q1 compact crossover SUV would start production in Europe in 2016, but the automaker has not yet committed to selling it in America.