Audi surprised us three times with this year’s Paris Auto Salon. At first they showed the A3 Sportsback, the 5 door version of the A3. Then, they said “it’s not enough” and they debuted the S3, that features a 2.0TFSI engine with 300hp, that uses both direct and multi-point injection. And it was still not enough, which is the reason we are presenting, today, the Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept.
From the first glimpse of it, we distinguish a few design cues that are unique to Audi. The new vertical lights and the new grill for example, with the whole concept featuring a very sharp rectangular shape and lines, compared to the soft and round shapes that the current line-up consist of. The interior design, on the other hand, is on the same page as the latest of Audi’s interior designs, like the one of the new A3. Apparently, this concept previews the design language of the future Q models.
The next step from the ASF (Audi’s Aluminum Space Frame) is called MSF (Multimaterial Space Frame) and it’s the type of chassis this concept is based on. It’s an evolutionary idea and it will most probably reach production under Audi’s lightweight construction principle. MSF is comprised of three materials – aluminum, carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP), and glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP). The concept car has an unladen weight of about 1,390 kg (3,064.43 lb), including the large lithium-ion battery.
Under the hood, a 1.5TFSI 3 cylinder engine with two electric motors can be found. The combined power is 130 kW (177 hp), which results in 8.6 seconds for the zero to 100km/h while having a fuel consumption of only 1.1 liters per 100 km (213.81 US mpg) and CO2 emissions of just 26 grams per km (41.84 grams per mile). Another thing that caught our attention is the Audi Matrix LED headlight technology.According to the press release, “small, individually controllable light-emitting diodes generate all lighting functions, and microreflectors enable their precise positioning”.
You can find Audi’s full press release and photo gallery after the jump and then you can join our forum discussion here: Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept
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