Audi Crossover Coupe Concept leaks ahead of 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Article by Christian A., on January 10, 2014

After one sketch, the Audi Crossover Coupe Concept showed its face (rear and interior) today ahead of the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. You can easily see that the concept car is actually a preview of the 2015 Audi TT, especially at the rear where we can bet that these tail lights will be seen on the production version of the popular sports car.

We have to admit that it is not a spectacular design, but this follows the philosophy seen on other Audi models and concepts. There is a big front grille, a pair of stylish headlights featuring LED technology and LED daytime running lights, 19-inch wheels, enlarged front and rear fenders, a rear roof spoiler and a dual exhaust system.

Inside, the design echoes the one that will be found on the 2015 Audi TT, as we saw it this week at 2014 CES. The interior comes with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, aluminum pedals, the digital instrument cluster and the new air vents. There are no details regarding the engine of the vehicle but we do see the e-tron badges, which means that it will be all-electric or a plug-in hybrid.

The Audi allroad wagon represents the first time Audi combined the allroad and e-tron engineering plans. As with each Audi, the large hexagon single-framed grille rules over the imposing sculpted front, then being somewhat compensated to the body’s rear. Standard of the e-tron models, it boasts an insert that has tapered fins that look like the cooling portions of an electric component. There is a quattro emblem on the bottom section of the single frame. The subtle central air intake is combined into the underbody protection, which is constructed from aluminium.

The understated twin headlamps of the Audi allroad are an archetypal suggestion of the styling motifs of every Audi quattro model. Simultaneously, it illustrates a progressive development of quattro design. This Audi already suggested in the Sport quattro concept vehicle in September 2013 at the IAA show in Frankfurt. Struts separate the headlamps into four sections; the matrix lighting technology with its separately controllable LEDs ensure superior visibility that does not cause glare to oncoming vehicles. Under the headlamps, tapered cross fins give form to the large air intakes.

Seen in silhouette also, the characteristic outlines of the show automobile create the sensation of focused energy. Its overhangs are low, and its roof-line also reaches low across the vehicle’s body. Following classic wagon styling, it gently drops promptly and flows into the distinct C-pillars. The left pillar has a charging port, and the right pillar has a fuel door.

The outer surface of the allroad wagon is mix of materials: aluminium and carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP). The dark grey strips are classic allroad components, and they reduce visual volume of the body as they rise energetically from front to back. Along with the large wheel flares, they accentuate the vehicle's off-roading potential.

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