Sporty, efficient and thoroughly connected – Audi at the NAIAS 2016
January 11, 2016 by Audi
The Audi A4 allroad quattro* and the technology study Audi h-tron quattro concept: Their world debuts enable the brand with the four rings to showcase the innovation fields of Audi quattro, connectivity and fuel cell technology at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.
The new Audi A4 allroad quattro takes to the floor at Detroit with a sharper design – with striking front end and a typical 'allroad' look. Its quattro drive as standard and the 34 millimeter (1.3 in) gain in ground clearance make it the perfect automobile for every situation – including away from paved roads. The available engines are powerful but also efficient: They deliver an output of up to 200 kW (272 hp).
High-end options such as the Audi virtual cockpit and the MMI navigation plus with the new MMI operating concept underline the level of comfort and convenience offered by the new Audi A4 allroad quattro. The diverse Audi connect services link the driver and passengers with the Internet via the high-speed LTE standard. There is also a comprehensive range of driver assistance systems. Particular highlights include the predictive efficiency assistant, adaptive cruise control Stop&Go including traffic jam assist and trailer assist that makes it easier to maneuver the outfit.
High range, swift refueling, sporty road performance: The technology study Audi h-tron quattro concept demonstrates the huge potential of fuel cell technology. This model, which Audi is unveiling for the first time, has all-electric drive – using hydrogen as its energy source. It combines state-of-the-art fuel cell technology delivering up to 110 kW with a battery that provides a temporary boost of up to 100 kW.
Two electric motors on the front and rear axles represent a new evolutionary level of quattro drive – the electrified quattro. The electric motor on the front axle develops 90 kW, and its rear counterpart 140 kW. The sporty SUV accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.1 mph) in under seven seconds. Its hydrogen tanks can be refueled safely and easily in around four minutes; a range of up to 600 kilometers (372.8 mi) is possible.
The Audi h-tron quattro concept also provides a foretaste of the technologies for piloted driving and parking that will go into production in 2017 with the next generation of the Audi A8 full-size sedan. Piloted driving at Audi revolves around the central driver assistance controller (zFAS). It computes a model of the car's surroundings in real time and makes this information available to the assistance systems and the piloted driving and parking systems. The latter can assume driving tasks during parking or in stop-and-go traffic on freeways at speeds of up to 60 km/h (37.3 mph).
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The NAIAS 2016 is the first event in the United States at which Audi is presenting the A4 Sedan* to a wide audience. It builds on the success story of the high-volume model with new cutting-edge technologies on board. It redefines the benchmark for weight, aerodynamics, acoustic comfort, storage space and driver assistance systems. Highly efficient engines, the safe and sporty quattro drive and extensive connectivity are other virtues of the new Audi A4 Sedan.
Audi complements its operating and display concepts with even larger displays and a new interpretation of joy of use. At the Detroit show, an interactive interior model is used to evoke a concept based around large screens with touch control. Haptic feedback is provided every time an option is selected, making touch control car-friendly, safe and convenient.