2011 Frankfurt Preview: Audi releases first sketches with the all-new A2 Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 1, 2011

Although it’s now quite a surprise, Audi released today the firs photos with the all-new A2 Concept, which will be revealed this month at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. According to the manufacturer the new A2 Concept measures just 3.80 meters (12.47 ft) long, 1.69 meters (5.54 ft) wide and 1.49 meters (4.89 ft) high and offers plenty of room for four people. Moreover, the car features the next plenty of room for four people.

This means that we find a package of LEDs and microreflectors that generate a high-resolution and non-glaring high-beam light. Furthermore, the daytime running light fibers frame the highly efficient LED low-beam light module. Regarding the tail lights, these can adapt their illumination to the visibility conditions. If you ride on a foggy road the rear fog light will be produced by laser diodes, which can projects a red triangle onto the road as a warning.

"The dynamic light runs below the edge of the window from the front to the rear of the A2 concept – a band of light that contains a multitude of innovative, dynamic light functions. Integrated approach sensors detect the owner and unlock the doors via gesture control. While driving, the dynamic light functions as a continuous side marker light. If the car’s indicator is activated, light impulses run throughout the entire band of light." said the press release.

The use of aluminum components helps in highlighting the cockpit of the Audi A2 concept. While there are a number of important features installed, the driver can easily manage all of these by using touch-control areas that are on the inside of its steering wheel. All of its driving functions will utilize by-wire technology with some components, like the brakes or steering, controlled electrically.

On the right side of the driver are two extra control surfaces that, whenever the vehicle is started, begins to fold up. Serving as its steering column is the open profile with a 7-inch display at one end and on the other, two secondary displays. Connected to the seat of the driver is the center console with the rear console going forward to the middle of the two seats in the rear. While the four individual seats help bring that lighter feel, underneath the cushions of the fold-up seat is some storage space.

In fact, if you remove that front wheel of a bicycle, it can fit in the space between the seats in the rear. Its load area offers two levels with the frame having functional nets being the upper level. Helping the interior have a feel of functionality and lightness are materials and colors used. For example, covering the large region that starts from the top shoulders of the door and down to the floor is a polyurethane material whose surface has a neoprene feel. The entire central floor area meanwhile is covered with ribbed material made of recycled polyester.

Seat shells were made through a plastic blow molding method. In the cockpit area, there is a dynamic light that is configured in two different arches. Meanwhile the dash panel houses intuitive controls with a look that is both clean and light, similar to how the whole interior looks. Speaking of dynamic lights, there is one that starts from the front of the Audi A2 and then goes all the way to the back running just under the window’s edge. This band of light has fitted to it a number of dynamic and advanced light functions. There is for example an approach sensor integrated to it so that once it detects the owner, all that is needed is gesture control to unlock its doors. While on the road, this light functions as the continuous marker light on the side. If ever the indicator is triggered, light impulses go through the whole band.

There is even a read bar of light that goes from the tail lights and to the front, which happens during braking and displays how strong the brakes is for other vehicles on the road. On the front are the headlights with the matrix beam, the company’s very own next generation LED technology. The matrix beam is made up of LEDs and micro-reflectors that create a high-beam light that is high-resolution but is non-glaring. Meanwhile the low-beam light module, composed of efficient LEDs, is bordered with the daytime running light fibers. At the rear, lighting is not an issue as the intelligent tail lights are able to make the needed adjustments depending on the current visibility. The fog light in the rear meanwhile makes use of laser diodes which during a fog, can be observed as a light beam and can even project a red triangle on the road to serve as a warning.

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