Audi has once again given us a glimpse into the future of the company with designer Marc Lichte at the helm of their styling department.
We first saw Lichte’s vision for the company in Los Angeles in the form of the Prologue concept, and we were given more foresight in Geneva with the Prologue Avant. The Four Rings has now unveiled the third iteration of the Prologue design study, the Allroad Avant, just ahead of Auto Shanghai 2015.
As its name suggests, the Prologue Allroad is a more rugged version of the Prologue Avant built with a ‘go-anywhere’ look and philosophy. It’s also more powerful than the Avant, using a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and electric motor, which together produce a total of 734 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque. Routed to Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive system through an 8-speed automatic transmission, the Allroad will hit 0-62 mph in 3.5 seconds.
It’s not just fast, it’s efficient, too. The prologue Allroad can return a claimed 98 MPG US and will travel on electric power only for up to 33 miles, all thanks to its 14.3 kWh lithium ion battery pack. The concept also packs a wireless charging system that Audi says it is prepping for series production.
Widely flared wheel arches “make the all-around talents of the Audi prologue allroad abundantly clear,” Audi says, and house huge 22-inch 5-spoke wheels and 20-inch carbon ceramic brake discs. Enabling those all round talents are a raised ride height over the Avant (thee-inches), four-wheel steering, adaptive air suspension and controlled damping.
The inside of the Prologue has the same theme going on as its predecessors with an airy, spacious look. There’s seating for four occupants, who will all have access to at least one OLED infotainment display, and perforated leather trim throughout. Audi’s virtual cockpit display is also present and will interact with the other OLED screens in the car.
It’s possible this will be the last Prologue concept we see, however the Prologue concepts seem to be slowly getting bigger and bigger in size, and with rumors of a sleek Q8 ‘coupe’ on the way, a Prologue SUV doesn’t seem out of the question.