Exclusive: Audi to unveil a crossover concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 2, 2012

According to our sources it appears that Audi is going to reveal a crossover concept at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show next week. As expected, the new car will preview the upcoming Audi Q6, the direct rival to the popular Bmw X6. Of course, this doesn’t come as a surprise because back in November, Volkswagen unveiled the Cross Coupe Concept at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show.

New Audi crossover concept is expected to receive the same engine as the Cross Coupe which means that we will find a 110 kW TSI petrol engine delivering maximum torque of 210 Nm and an electric motor with an output of 40 kW and 180 Nm of torque. Just like the Volkswagen, the Audi will be able to act as a pure electric car thanks to the energy stored in the batteries but do expect to be capable to take you anywhere.

The Cross Coupe’s hybrid system delivers a total output of 195 kW, and thanks to the 8-module lithium ion battery it can travel up to 45 km using just electricity. Expect from the new Audi crossover concept the same fuel consumption: 2.7 litres per 100 km, equating to CO2.

Audi is introducing the new Audi crosslane coupé concept car – a new study that greatly blends future design, engineering and technology. At its best, the new Audi crosslane coupé concept car provides a preview into the future design language of the carmaker’s upcoming Q models. It is basically a cosmopolitan car designed to appeal to young, sporty drivers with its removable roof and personalized services that could be under the Audi connect concept.

This new concept is underpinned by a Multimaterial Space Frame, allowing it to explore new ways to save weight, costs and energy. It represents an evolutionary stage of Audi ultra – the German carmaker’s lightweight construction principle. This Multimaterial Space Frame on the compact Audi crosslane coupé is made from aluminum, carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP), and glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP).

Thanks to this Multimaterial Space Frame, the new Audi crosslane coupé concept car features an unladen weight of around 1,390 kg (3,064.43 lbs), including its large lithium-ion battery. The occupant cell is surrounded by a continuous, rigid structure made from aluminum, just like the beams beneath the front lid connecting the single-frame grille.

Audi’s new crosslane coupé concept car features an innovative and very efficient plug-in hybrid drive that includes a 1.5-liter three-cylinder TFSI engine and two electric motors. This hybrid drive consumes only 1.1 liters of fuel per 100 km (213.81 US mpg) and emits just 26 grams of carbon dioxide per km (41.84 grams per mile).

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