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Audi re-invents Avant for Geneva 2015

2015-02-26 12:18

DYNAMIC PRESENCE: The Audi Avant has a stretched roof and flat D-pillars. Image: Newspress.

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• New interpretation of Audi Avant
• High performance hybrid drive
• Merging concept of high variability

GENEVA, Switzerland - A design with dynamic elegance and the latest high end technologies: that's how Audi presented the new prologue Avant show car at the 2015 Geneva auto show.

The automaker says it is another glimpse into the future of Audi design - and comes only four months after Audi showed its Audi prologue coupé concept at the LA Auto Show.

This Avant,Audi says, combines dynamics, form and function "in a perfect synthesis". "It brings progressive technology, lightweight construction and permanent all-wheel drive together." The large four-door hatchback car, with its stretched roof and extremely flat D-pillars, according to Audi, combines power and flowing elegance.

POWERFUL ELECTRIC MOTOR

The car is 5.11m long on a 3.04m wheelbase. It's 1.97m wide but only 1.4m high, the Audi prologue Avant is a little larger than the two-door coupé Audi prologue.

Board member for technical development Ulrich Hackenberg explained: “With our show car for Geneva we now translate the design language of the Audi prologue into a new, dynamic and stretched form. We are merging it with a concept of high variability.

“The Audi prologue Avant is progressive, emotion-filled and versatile and it reflects Audi’s technological competence and quality claim perfectly."

The plug-in hybrid drive of the Audi prologue Avant is almost identical to the power train in the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro which will be launched mid-2015.

The 3.0 TDI engine installed in the Audi prologue Avant makes a maximum 260kW and a powerful electric motor integrated in the eight-speed tiptronic gearbox contributes up to 100 kW. System output is 334.6kW, while system torque is 750Nm.

The eight-speed tiptronic directs engine power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive ensuring superior drive characteristics in any situation.

INTEGRATES PRIMARY COIL

The show car accelerates to 100km/h in 5.1sec. Its top speed is limited to 250km/h. The Audi prologue Avant is capable of returning up to 1.61 litres/100km combined according to the NEDC standard for plug-in hybrid vehicles – corresponding to 43g/km CO2 emissions. The lithium-ion battery pack in the rear storing 14.1kWh of energy gives the car a range of 54kms in battery drive mode.

With Audi wireless charging technology which Audi is developing for series production the battery can also be charged inductively from a floor plate connected to the power grid and embedded on or into asphalt. This plate integrates a primary coil and an inverter (AC/AC converter). When active, this coil induces a magnetic field of alternating current.

On the basis of state-of-the-art technology, Audi uses 3.6kW of power as provided by a wall socket with a maximum of 16 amps of charging current.

TIMELESS ELEGANCE: The Audi Avant combines technology, lightweight construction and permanent all-wheel drive. Image: Newspress / Audi

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