- Audi presents design revolution in the Q series
- The Q2 as a small design revolution
- Grille and space frame
- Sporty, practical, airy
- Ease and quick accelerations
- Environmentally friendly and good for the wallet
Audi presents design revolution in the Q series
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With the Crosslane study, Audi shows what a small SUV below the Q3 could look like.
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The Crosslane Coupe aims to combine sportiness with a robust appearance for a large-city and leisure-oriented public.
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4.21 meters long, 2.58 meters wheelbase, 1.51 meters high and 1.88 meters wide: a future Q2 could have exactly these dimensions.
Even if the Crosslane study is clearly recognizable as an Audi, it is intended to break up the uniform aesthetics of the previous Q models.
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The three-door would compete against Range Rover Evoque.
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The interior impresses with a futuristic ambience and simple space.
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Thanks to the lightweight construction optimization, the car weighs less than 1400 kilograms.
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The Crosslane should be robust and practical. And be fun at the same time. The designers gave the Audie study a removable Targa roof made of two lightweight CFRP shells.
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At the push of a button, the Crosslane is transformed into a convertible.
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At the Paris Motor Show, Audi is presenting the Crosslane Coupe study, an impressive concept car. It is the blueprint for all future Q-series models – and a design revolution.
W.hen you take a close look at the Crosslane Coupe at the Paris Motor Show, the first thing you notice is the two narrow openings in the bonnet. If you look into it, you will see the upper aluminum beam in the supporting frame of the entire vehicle.
This insight fulfills two purposes at the same time: The opening is a strong accent that gives an outlook on how the Audi design will develop further – and a look at the high-tech lightweight frame demonstrates the Ingolstadt-based company’s claim: namely, Vorsprung durch Technik.
The Q2 as a small design revolution
Recently, critics have occasionally accused Audi that the brand is now visually a bit too self-contained. A4, A6, A8, Q3 or Q5 would often look like multiples and not like bigger or smaller brothers. The design differences between the model generations are also too small. However, customers like it, as the sales figures clearly show.
The Crosslane Coupe shows, however, that the designers around their boss Wolfgang Egger definitely see a need for action – and have also incorporated this into their outlook on a so-called sports activity vehicle.
Compact 4.21 meters long, with a 2.58 meter wheelbase, 1.51 meters high and 1.88 meters wide: a future Q2 should have such dimensions. In this space, however, the designers have given the design a new meaning: It should not only document the technical lead – but be part of it.
Grille and space frame
This is particularly spectacular with the radiator grille, which in Audi lingo is called the single-frame grille. This is no longer just an air inlet for the radiator and a coat of arms with overtaking prestige. The grill, made entirely of aluminum, is instead integrated directly into the vehicle structure of the Crosslane as a load-bearing part, i.e. the space frame.
There are similar insights into this lightweight structure at the door entry – and there, too, it has a task. Because the ultra-compact space frame, which consists of a mix of aluminum, carbon and fiberglass-reinforced plastics, enables a much deeper and more comfortable entry into the passenger compartment than is usually the case with SUVs.
Sporty, practical, airy
Whereby: The Crosslane Coupe wants to be more than just an SUV anyway. Designed for a large-city and leisure-oriented public who want to combine sportiness with a robust appearance and practicality and all of this in turn with the airiness of a convertible. That is why the concept car has a removable Targa roof – made of two CFRP shells that weigh just ten kilograms. They can be unlocked at the push of a button and latched over the trunk.
The luggage compartment is just as practical as it is futuristic: a separate tub in the body structure that integrates the backrests of the front seats – but not the seat cushions in front of it. At the push of a button, the entire unit moves 40 centimeters forward electrically; the locked roof is thereby at the same time its end position, in which the luggage is protected. And below that, another level becomes accessible, which protects flat but dirty objects.
In general, the 2 + 2-seater is dominated by the endeavor to blur the visual border between exterior and interior design. The interior is therefore also dominated by the lightweight plastic CFRP, the geometry follows the outer shapes and lines and implements them with the typical Audi obsession with super-precise gaps in the processing.
Ease and quick accelerations
The lightweight construction optimization has an impressive effect: the whole car weighs less than 1400 kilograms – including the lithium-ion battery unit. Because, of course, the Crosslane also represents Audi‘s endeavor to play in the top group again when it comes to the drive system. To do this, drivers have to learn a new abbreviation: DHEV stands for Dual-Mode Electric Vehicle – and that means one combustion engine, two electric motors, one single-stage gearbox. The plug-in hybrid vehicle has an output of 177 hp.
The new drive works like this: The three-cylinder gasoline engine with 122 hp is connected to the first electric motor, which only produces a modest 68 hp. But that’s enough power to act as a starter and generator. Electric motor number two takes over the traction task – with 116 hp and 250 Newton meters of torque at its peak.
The single gearbox now optimally couples these motors together as required. In the city and up to 55 km / h, only two electric motors usually work emission-free – the other two motors only step in, the combustion engine only feeds the battery.
Environmentally friendly and good for the wallet
At higher speeds and up to around 130 km / h, the work is usually shared by the electric and gasoline engine. If it needs to go even faster, the 1.5-liter three-cylinder is the main one. In all modes, it should be quite sporty. Even purely electrically, the sprint to 100 km / h is achieved in 9.8 seconds – with the help of a gasoline engine, it should go 1.2 seconds faster. And even in the important overtaking area from 80 to 120, the power of the three hearts guarantees accelerations of 4.3 seconds.
The lead that the Audi technicians promise the Crosslane driver should be measurable above all at the pump: 1.1 liters in a third mix, according to the manufacturer, the car does not swallow more – and 26 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer is also a top value.
So the Crosslane should provide a lot of future concept for Audi – and an “outlook on our Q models”, says CEO Rupert Stadler. But there can be a bit of a show at the fair: The car is on 20-inch wheels with turbine-design rims. 235 with the lowest 45 cross-section. After all, not everything has to come into the series.
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