Audi Prologue can’t really be considered as a sole concept vehicle, but more as a family of future models. After last year’s 2-door coupe, 2016 Audi Prologue Avant concept returns as a station wagon.
However low to the ground, and coupeish in design, this car still looks big, just like LA Auto Show-presented coupe used to be.
Under the Hood
Apart from obvious differences in design, wagon prides itself with more pragmatic powertrain. Q7’s own 3.0L diesel V-6 has been combined with an electric motor. In fact, this combination has been taken from e-tron, plug-in hybrid version of Q7 and generates 449 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. This kind of power output is enough for 0 to 60 time in 5.1 seconds, and the car is supposed to offer 35 miles (European ratings) of all-electric drive. Moreover, battery charging is wireless which promises exciting years ahead of us when it comes to plug-in hybrids.
|Type||3.0 TDI engine combined with electric motor|
|0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph)||5.1 Seconds|
|Top speed||250 KM/H (155.3 MPH)|
|Fuel Economy||147.0 US MPG|
|Range||54 KM (33.6 Miles) in pure electric drive mode|
2016 Audi Prologue Avant Concept Design
Exterior dimensions have basically remained unchanged compared to the mentioned coupe model. However, wheelbase has been prolonged by a few inches. Otherwise, 2016 Audi Prologue Avant concept looks pretty sharp and mighty. Audi’s new hexagonal grille with no less than six horizontal stripes shows you how big this car is. Very sharp figures adorn the rest of frontal fascia, while rear end is sleek and elegant. Finally, what to say about those 19-inch 5-spoke offset wheels?
Prologue Avant isn’t any less impressive from the inside. As a concept vehicle, it features plenty of sharp and contemporary angles, but materials are of top quality as usual. OLED display has been used as a gauge cluster, and it is covered by hovering housing which creates an overlap in the dashboard. Center console also gets some display screens which serve as infotainment interfaces.
There’s no need telling that cabin is quite comfortable, both up front and around the back, but rear passengers could have some trouble with the lack of headroom; especially if they’re tall. We don’t have any details about available features, but concepts don’t serve this purpose in any case. Expect future generation of large family vehicles to adopt this design and carry over their own feature list.
2016 Audi Prologue Avant Price & MPG
147 MPGe are the European figures for 2016 Audi Prologue Avant concept. These numbers are highly optimistic and that’s an understatement. However, as a plug-in hybrid with diesel mill as internal-combustion piece of the powertrain puzzle, concept should be better rated than most of its competitors. As for its price tag, numbers could be very high as Prologue Avant might become an all-new vehicle in Audi’s lineup with full luxury badge stapled to its name.
2016 Audi Prologue Avant concept looks just like any other concept from the German manufacturers’ kitchen; superb. Needless to say, this goes for both interior and exterior, but its biggest advantage should be its powertrain. Diesel-powered plug-in hybrid should give you extremely high fuel economy figures even for such a large and powerful car. In the end, if that’s not enough, just go back to its meticulous design.