Audi has released official images of its new Prologue Avant concept car ahead of the model’s planned debut at the Geneva Motor Show in early March. The stylish Marc Lichte-designed wagon makes its debut just four months after the two-door Prologue concept broke cover at the Los Angeles Auto Show and gave us a glimpse into the future of Audi design.
Unlike the Prologue coupe, which uses a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 mated to a hybrid system to produce 677 horsepower and 701 lb-ft of torque, the Prologue Avant is a diesel. Sitting under the sleek wagon’s hood is Audi’s 353 horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 TDI engine, which is joined by a 100 kW electric motor mounted within the eight-speed transmission. The hybrid drivetrain produces a total output of 455 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque and will result in a 0-62 mph time of 5.1 seconds.
The Prologue Avant may not share a powertrain with its two-door counterpart, but that’s where many of the differences end. Just like the Prologue, the Prologue Avant’s front fascia is accentuated by Lichte’s take on Audi’s single-frame grille. There’s also similarly wide shoulders and flared wheel housings, Audi’s Matrix laser lighting and large 22-inch wheels shod in 285/30 rubber.
Inside, the Prologue Avant is (expectedly) much roomier than the 2-door version of the concept, however it still only seats four people. A continuous digital dashboard is made up of three separate displays and digitally connects the driver and passenger. Passengers in the rear may also connect to those in the front via two removable OLED‑displays.
This isn’t the usual far-fetched concept built with the sole intention of attracting auto show crowds to your corner of the convention center. It’s diesel-hybrid drivetrain will soon be available in the Audi Q7 E-Tron quattro, albeit in a lower state of tune, and considering Audi was driving the Prologue out on the streets of Los Angeles, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Prologue Avant was fully operational. This car previews tech we will almost certainly see from Audi in the future, so we wouldn’t write it off as a simple design study.