Audi has revealed first sketches a new sporty, compact and versatile e-tron crossover concept that is planned to make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in January 2014.
The e-tron crossover concept is a systematic development of the Audi design language. It combines a host of visual elements from future sports car models with the Audi-typical allroad concept and independent “Shooting Brake” body form.
Design elements that are typical of e-tron models, such as the ribs in the Singleframe grille and in the side air inlets, fit in harmoniously with the overall design concept. E-tron identification within the sill area of the car depicted in the official sketches indicates the new Audi crossover concept will showcase a plug-in electric hybrid system.
The dual headlights and the honeycomb-structured Singleframe grille indicate the further development of the quattro design language which Audi already presented with its Sport quattro concept show car in September of this year at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Measuring 4.20 meters (13.78 feet) in length, the crossover concept is almost 200mm shorter than the Q3 crossover. Audi first hinted to a crossover positioned underneath the Q3 with its Crosslane Coupe concept at the Paris Motor Show in 2012.
Precise and clearly drawn lines as well as geometric surfaces are combined to create a sculptured, clear design form. It is almost as if the outer skin of the two-door car has been modeled from a solid piece, from the Singleframe grille and striking side tornado line to the taut, coupe-like rear.
The overhangs are short; the roof line is low and it ends in a strong C pillar. The pronounced horizontal body line and the large 19-inch wheels emphasize the impression of concentrated energy.
The e-tron crossover concept is a compelling blend of form and function. The characteristic allroad design features reduce the volume and underscore its offroad character. The aluminum underbody guard at front and rear emphasizes the width and protects the car off road.[wzslider height=”400″ lightbox=”true”]