The future of Audi is beginning to take shape with the Audi Prologue Avant Concept and will be displayed at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Some level of comparison can be drawn between this concept and the current Audi A6 Avant but this prologue boasts a lower roofline and shows how Audi are experimenting with new designs.
The most striking component of this new Audi is clearly the incredibly intimidating front grille, which sits lower and is much wider than in current production models. The elegant front headlamps house the high-resolution Matrix Laser technology – the latest Audi have to offer in light innovation.
The profile of the Prologue Avant Concept shows very dynamic and athletic characteristics. The sharp edges and long profile give the sense of a blend of luxury and sporting capability. As well as the grille, massive 22-inch five spoke wheels dominate this new show car. Touching illuminated surfaces open the handleless doors which really shows off this notion of luxury as well as the lack of door handles making the styling of this car seem all the more opulent.
Inside, the dashboard is made up of three touch-screen displays as well as detachable OLED displays in the rear, which provide passengers with on-demand information and entertainment. The flowing lines in the interior give a sense of luxurious tranquility.
The Prologue Avant is a plug-in hybrid which uses the familiar 3.0-litre TDI engine, which is almost identical to the one found in the Audi Q7 e-tron quattro which will be launched in the summer this year. This engine works alongside an electric motor for an overall power output of 449 bhp. The eight-speed tiptronic gearbox directs the power to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive. All this means it can go from 0-62mph in just 5.1 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 155mph. The electric motor also allows a 33.6 mile range in pure electric drive mode.
This beautiful blend of luxury and performance is the best clue at the moment of where Audi are taking their cars in the future.