Audi unveils Allroad Shooting Brake

Audi unveils Allroad Shooting Brake

Audi has unveiled the "near future" of its design and powertrain engineering at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

The Allroad Shooting Brake show car will debut a new high-powered, petrol-electric plug-in hybrid drivetrain and highlight Audi's latest design principles.

It is thought the Allroad Shooting Brake will become the basis for future Q-badged models and a potentially extended Allroad range. Its lightweight bodyshell is a mix of aluminium and carbon fibre-reinforced polymer.

The system output is 402bhp, with 479lb ft of torque, thanks to a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and a pair of electric motors.

Linked to Audi's quattro four-wheel drive system, the three-door Shooting Brake can spring from rest to 62mph in just 4.6 seconds and has to be electronically reined in at 155mph.

The car is capable of 149mpg and 45g/km of CO2, according to tests on the current EU standard cycle, which some say is ill-equipped to properly evaluate plug-in hybrid cars.

Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, member of the board of Audi AG, technical development, said: "The show car combines sex appeal and highly efficient e-tron-quattro technology that produces 300kW of power, yet only consumes 1.9 litres per 100km of fuel (149 UK mpg) and cutting-edge electronic applications."

"We are offering very concrete glimpses of the near future in this show car."

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