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2013-12-09 10:31

BIG WHEELS KEEP ON TURNING: The fancy wheels have been exaggerated as in all such shots but otherwise the Audi show car for Detroit is looking cool as a development of that show at Frankfurt 2013. Image: Newspress

INGOLSTADT, Germany - Agile, compact and versatile: that's how Audi describes its show car for the January 2014  North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The two-door with its high ground clearance is a crossover with a distinctly sporting slant – a car for all roads and tracks, for everyday driving, and for recreational use.

The show car is a systematic development of the Audi design language. It combines a host of visual elements from future models with the Audi-typical 'Allroad' concept and independent “shooting brake” body style.

The show car has a powerful road stance event though it is only 4.20m long.


Audi declares: "Precise and clearly drawn lines as well as geometric surfaces are combined to create a sculpted, clear design form. It's almost as if the skin of the car has been modelled from a solid piece, from the single-frame grille and striking side tornado line to the taut, coupé-like rear.

"The overhangs are short, the roof line is low and it ends in with strong C-pillar. The pronounced horizontal body line and the 19" wheels emphasise the impression of concentrated energy."

The show car is a compelling blend of form and function, the automaker adds, and says the characteristic allroad design features "seemingly contract its dimensions while underscoring its off-road character". The aluminium underbody guards front and rear emphasise the width and protect the car off-road.

Design elements that are typical of e-tron models, such as the ribs in the  grille and in the side air inlets, are supposed to fit harmoniously with the overall design.

The dual headlights and honeycomb grille are said to be a development of the quattro design language which Audi presented with its Sport quattro concept show car in September 2013 at the Frankfurt auto show.

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