Yet another new motoring segment looms thanks to Audi.
The German carmaker has unveiled an exciting 4x4 cabriolet at the Los Angeles Motor Show.
The Audi Cross Cabriolet Quattro concept is a crossbreed between an SUV and a convertible.
It is yet again a teaser of Audi's X3 fighter, the Q5 which will make its international debut early in 2008.
This striking Audi concept is a two-door four-seater with an eye-catching "Copper Sunset" paint job finish and sits on striking 21-inch wheels.
It features a fabric roof which folds away in 17 seconds. There are no B-pillars or roll-over bar to give the vehicle an "obscure view of heaven", says Audi.
The concept is 4.62m long, 1.91m wide, 1.63m high, while the wheelbase is 2.81m in length, which makes it bigger than a BMW X3.
Under the bonnet is a longitudinally mounted six-cylinder 3.0-liter TDI that churns out 176kW and 500 Nm of torque. It is linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission and the 0-100 km/h acceleration time is 7.2 seconds.
The average fuel consumption is 7.3 liters of diesel per 100 km.
Furthermore Audi says the engine is equipped with an "elaborate emissions reduction" system meaning that the concept already meets the expected limits of the EU 6 standard, which will be introduced in 2014.
According to Audi its engineers used "a simple trick" to exploit "the extra body height of an SUV.
The concept has a double underbody that turns the open profile of a convertible body into a closed structure, producing a major increase in stiffness".
Furthermore the Cross Cabriolet features electric ride height adjustment, which varies ground clearance by a total of 40 mm.
The vehicle is packed with futuristic technology too. For example its navigation system is linked to Google Earth software. It gives a high-res display and photorealistic 3D maps.
Entering address data by hand is obsolete with the concept; the driver clicks on an image in the Google Earth interface to get directions. Also, by connecting to the internet, it will access traffic and weather information too.
Another cool gizmo is a heating and cooling functionality for the individual cupholders.
Other details include an intercom so passengers can talk easily even with the top down. There is also a Bang & Olufsen sound system that analyses noise inside the vehicle and makes adjustments.