PARIS, France – Audi gives us a glimpse at its future vehicle designs with the debut of its Crosslane Coupe concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show Audi. With its multimaterial space frame, the vehicle concept breaks new ground in terms of weight, costs and energy usage over its lifecycle, and is an evolutionary stage of Audi ultra – the lightweight construction principle from Audi.The new model is a powered by a 1.5 three-cylinder TFSI and two electric motors capable of 131kW. Traveling on electric propulsion, speed of up to possible at speeds of up to 128km/h for up to 85km.Audi claims its new model has the potential for the equivalent to 109km per litre with CO2 output of just 26g/km. DUAL-MODE HYBRID The Audi crosslane coupé sprints from 0 – 100km in 8.6 seconds, and in pure electric mode takes 9.8 seconds. The vehicle has a top speed is 181km/h.The TFSI unit produces 96kW and 200 Nm coupled with two electric motors (50kW/ 210 Nm and 86kW and 250 Nm). The transmission makes it possible to connect the combustion engine complete with alternator to the remainder of the drivetrain by means of a claw clutch. The concept comprises three materials – aluminium, carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP). The concept car has an unladen weight of about 1390 kg, including the large lithium-ion battery.Drivers can choose between cruise and race settings. Cruise”mode prioritises electric driving with race mode focusing on petrol power.The 2+2-seater Audi Crosslane Coupé is 4.2m long, 1.8m wide and 1.51m high, with a wheelbase of 2.56m. The single-frame grille, which is subdivided into several segments by struts, dominates the front end. The trapezoidal headlights use Audi’s Matrix LED technology. Small, individually controllable light-emitting diodes generate all lighting functions and microreflectors enable their precise positioning. The bumper incorporates large, smooth-surfaced air intakes. The tail lights are a variation on the motif of the headlights. The roof element comprises two CFRP shells and weighs less than 10kg. The driver and front passenger can unlatch it by an electric drive, remove it from the body structure and fit it over the load area.MOVEABLE BOOTThe boot forms a separate pan within the body structure and is attached to the back of the rear seats. Pushing a button moves the entire unit 40 cm forwards. At the same time, the level surface under the boot becomes accessible, and it offers a flat storage space for dirty or wet objects.The Crosslane Coupé introduces new online services under Audi connect. A new feature is the Escape Manager – a program passengers can use to review and comment on the routes they are driving for their friends.The interior design of the crosslane coupé continues the design language of the exterior in the instrument covers, air nozzles and surfaces.Share your thoughts on Audi’s new Crosslane Coupe in our Readers comment section below or email us and we’ll publish your articles on Wheels24.For more from the 2012 Paris auto show, click here.