Audi reveals Shooting Brake concept ahead of Detroit debt

Monday, January 13th, 2014. Filed under: Destinations Motoring
The Audi Show Car - NAIAS Detroit 2014 Like the seats, the instrument panel slides forward and back to suit any driver. ©Audi

The Audi Show Car – NAIAS Detroit 2014
Like the seats, the instrument panel slides forward and back to suit any driver.
©Audi

(Relaxnews) – For the 2014 North American International Auto Show, the German car company is pooling all of its four-wheel-drive and hybrid-power know-how for a compact SUV show car with mass appeal potential.

On first glance, it looks like a serious off-roader that has been accidentally shrunk in the wash. The Allroad Shooting Brake Concept is diminutive in size but, thanks to a 2-liter turbocharged engine mated to not one, but two electric motors, the car has all the grunt and power of an SUV twice its size. It can accelerate from 0-62mph (100km/h) in just 4.6 seconds and offers up 408PS (400hp) and 650 Nm of torque.

The Audi Show Car - NAIAS Detroit 2014 The car combines Audi's all-wheel-drive and hybrid technology know-how in a very compact package. ©Audi

The Audi Show Car – NAIAS Detroit 2014
The car combines Audi’s all-wheel-drive and hybrid technology know-how in a very compact package.
©Audi

Yet, the car is surprisingly environmentally friendly, capable of 149mpg or 1.9 l of fuel per 100 km. And, as it’s an Audi, there’s a good chance that it, or something that looks very much like it will one day hit the road in production form. As Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of AUDI AG, Technical Development, says: “We are offering very concrete glimpses of the near future in this show car.”

Inside, the cabin is wrapped in Alcantara and aluminum and there’s enough space for four, or two with masses of extreme sports equipment. Like Volvo’s latest concept coupe, the XC, the Allroad is clearly aimed at those with a very active lifestyle.

To ensure that the car is comfortable and fun to drive for anyone of any physical stature the instrument panel is adjustable so that everything is always within reach. The car also has a smartphone box which will boost a device’s signal while simultaneously wirelessly charging it.

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