Audi is seeing the future and it has two motors and runs on hydrogen. Oh, and it has a wagon in it, too. Well, sort of.
The German automaker unveiled its h-tron quattro concept in Detroit this week. It also announced that it is bringing CUV version of the A4 Wagon to the states.
Audi h-tron quattro Concept
The h-tron quattro hydrogen concept is meant to showcase what Audi has planned for the future. It carries a front engine with 90 kW and a rear with 140 kW. This allows it to clock in 0-60 mph in 7-seconds.
For normal driving it taps into 110 kW/148 horsepower. Under pressure it can boost that 100 kW/134 horsepower for a total of 282 horses in short bursts. Audi calls the two electric motor system, “a new evolutionary level of quattro drive.”
The hydrogen tank caps off in about four minutes and Audi says it gets a Tesla-beating cruising range of 372 miles.
The h-tron acts as a concept not only for hydrogen power, but also for autonomous driving features. Audi is using it to test semi-autonomous driving including a central driver assistance controller called Audi’s zFAS system. It offers piloted parking and driving. It can completely take over driving up to speeds of 37mph.
Audi A4 Allroad Quattro
Audi is also sneaking around the unpopularity of wagons in the states. We’ll see if it works.
It’s taken its A4 Wagon, made some changes and slapped a new name on it: the A4 Allroad Quattro. With the newest A4 Wagon as it’s base, it gets 1.3-inches more ground clearance with larger wheels and a higher ride height. This adds up to officially making it a CUV.
The A4 Allroad Quattro kisses the wagon styling goodbye – to a certain extent – with a more muscular look including new flared fenders, rear bumper, underbody guard plates, and roof rails. However, it will offer a range of TFSI and TDI engines with horsepowers ranging from 150 to 272. Drivers choose between three transmissions: six-speed manual, seven-speed dual-clutch, or eight-speed automatic. All-wheel drive is standard and Audi is says it is designed as an off-roading vehicle.
Audi is still mum about U.S. pricing and what trims and models will be offered here. We do know that the A4 Allroad is set to go on sale in Europe and other markets this summer.