The Audi Crosslane Coupe concept has been unveiled at the 2012 Paris motor show, hinting at the design language likely for future Q model SUVs.
An evolutionary development of Audi ultra – the German manufacturer’s lightweight construction principle – sees the Audi Crosslane Coupe’s frame combine aluminium, carbonfibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and glass fibre-reinforced polymer (GFRP) to achieve a weight of 1390kg, including the hybrid’s 17.4 kWh lithium-ion battery.
The concept’s plug-in hybrid powertrain combines a purpose-designed 95kW/200Nm 1.5-litre three-cylinder TFSI petrol engine and two electric motors to deliver 130kW of power while returning impressive efficiency figures of 1.1 liters per 100km and 26 grams per kilometre of CO2, as well as an EV-only range of about 86km.
Audi says the Crosslane Coupe will sprint from 0-100km/h in 8.6 seconds in hybrid mode and 9.8 seconds in pure electric mode with a top speed of 182km/h also possible.
Despite the Audi Crosslane’s two-door 2+2 format it measures in at 4210mm long, 1880mm wide and 1510mm high – 175mm shorter, 49mm wider and 80mm lower than an Audi Q3.
Interior space is also a flexible with a removable CFRP roof that weighs less than 10kg and an adjustable boot that can be modified to swallow the car’s own targa-style roof.
A single-frame grille, trapezoidal LED headlights, large air intakes and two narrow openings in the bonnet make up the front end ahead of coupe’s low greenhouse that tapers into a flat C-pillar at the rear where the tail-lights, that echo the shapes of the front, are divided by the Audi badge on the boot lid. An aluminum diffuser sitting below the exhaust outlets completes the rear end.
The interior elements are again dominated by CFRP and aluminium, including the electrically adjustable front sport seats, providing a clean and futuristic ambience for passengers.
The Audi Crosslane Coupe also features advanced access to online services such as Twitter and Facebook under the brand’s Audi connect technology and the completely new addition of ‘Escape Manager’ that allows passengers to review and comment on the routes they are travelling.
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