Audi’s Prologue series were a big hit, both internally and to audiences, proving they have not forgotten their art of making gorgeous everyday luxury cars. Set for an official unveiling at the 2015 Shanghai Motor Show, the Allroad is the Prologue’s evolution into, as you might’ve guessed, a more rugged crossover version. It measures 16.8-feet from end to end but, crucially, rides around three inches higher than the Prologue Avant concept.
The hybrid powertrain that powered the Prologue Coupe concept returns here, a 4.0-litre TFSI twin-turbo V8 that is paired to an electric motor that sends an borderline-excessive 738 hp and 900 Nm of torque to all four wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission. All that grunt can propel the Prologue Allroad concept to 100 km/h from a standstill in a mere 3.5 seconds. What’s more impressive is that Audi claims that all this performance does not mean a compromise in fuel efficiency as they claim it can achieve 98 miles per gallon or 2.4 liters per 100 kilometers. I suppose you can have your cake and eat it. Oh, and Audi is featuring an inductive charging system on this car that it says will make it to production vehicles. All the driver has to do is park the car over a special pad that would be placed where the car is kept overnight (such as a home garage) to charge the batteries up.
The Allroad sits on 22-inch wheels which must be something special to provide real comfort while going off road, but to cope with those situations, the car rides on adaptive air suspension and can be steered through all four wheels.
The interior on the Allroad is as impressive as it has been on all Audi Prologue vehicles, with plenty of pixels to display every bit of important information that you might ever need. The signature OLED display infotainment unit stretches the width of the dashboard, with additional screens for each rear passenger. The interior colours and materials are meant to calm its occupants above all else, with a mixture of beige, brown, and dark blue.
The Audi of the future wants to be at the forefront of vehicle design and technology and we’re curious to see how the cues seen here will translate into Audi’s subsequent models, namely the A6 Allroad. Meanwhile, please enjoy our gallery below of the Prologue Allroad concept.