Audi Grandsphere concept car previews Audi A8 successor

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Audi Reveals elements of its all-electric and highly autonomous successor A8 Limousine And futuristic Big ball concept This will be exhibited at the upcoming Munich Motor Show.

  • Grandsphere previews the mass production version of the A8 replacement product that expires in 2024
  • It uses the PPE platform developed in cooperation with Porsche
  • In theory, it will complete 0-100kph in 4.0 seconds

Audi Grandsphere concept: what is it?

In the recent launch of similar future prospects Celestial concept, The Audi Grandsphere has been described as a “road jet”, just like Skysphere and the upcoming City circle concept, It is mainly designed around its four-level autonomous driving capability.

It is said that this concept is the closest to the future production model of the trio, in this case,’Artemis Project‘Luxury flagship. When it goes on sale in 2025 after its debut in 2024, it will replace the A8 in the top model of the Audi sedan series.

In order to be consistent with its automated driving billing, Grandsphere’s design is “from the inside out”, providing a lounge-style environment without the need for manual driving. For example, the steering wheel and pedals are retracted into the partition. The rear door opens backwards and there is no B-pillar, which maximizes cabin space and ventilation. Passengers are welcomed by the “separate stage display and ambient light”. Once they sit down, the climate control and seat will automatically adjust to the passenger’s preferences.

Audi Grandsphere concept: features

Grandsphere’s infotainment system is programmed to resume content that was played on the occupant’s portable device before entering the vehicle. For example, the driver’s side screen will display any unfinished news articles when entering, and the passenger screen will restore any unfinished videos.

“First class has now moved to the front row,” Audi said, because now the control of the car is no longer exclusive to the “driver.” Therefore, the front seats are designed to provide maximum comfort and can be folded back up to 60 degrees, although the spacious interior allows the same luxurious arrangement in the rear, passengers sitting on a sofa-like bench with a central armrest . This is a luxury-oriented concept. If necessary, the air is filtered, temperature controlled and even scented. Each passenger will also receive a set of speakers that “other passengers can’t hear.” There is a cooler with two glasses and a specially designed beverage bottle between the front seats.

It is worth noting that when entering the cabin, there are no visible screens, dials or physical controls, and designers have been working hard to achieve “digital detox.” At startup, the entire interior projection displays relevant data and displays to each passenger, and the sensor bar under the main front display allows instant switching between tabs. The driver can use the rotary MMI touch buttons to cycle through the menus. In fully autonomous mode, eye movements and gestures can be used for the same functions, and since Grandsphere understands its users’ preferences, it can finally “make personal recommendations” to each user.

Audi Grandsphere concept: platform and dimensions

The Grandsphere is 5,350 mm long, 2,000 mm wide, and has a wheelbase of 3,190 mm, which is much larger than the long-wheelbase version of the A8, but Audi emphasizes that it is more like a four-door GT car than a traditional salon. From the wind tunnel” fashionable silhouette. Therefore, despite the use of electric support, its hood is very long, and the rear is streamlined to achieve the best aerodynamic efficiency. It is not clear how relevant the final production car will be, but it will almost certainly lose its quirky 23-inch wheels.

The concept uses the PPE platform developed in cooperation with the following institutions Porsche, Which will support the new Q6 E-tron and Macan electric car next year. It has a 120kWh battery that can be charged at a speed of up to 270kW and provides a cruising range of more than 750 kilometers. It will also be equipped with a dual-motor four-wheel drive power system that can produce 711 horsepower. In theory, it will achieve a speed of 0-100 km/h in a little over 4.0 seconds, but has a controlled maximum speed to save energy.

Although Grandsphere focuses on high-end technology and provides luxury experience, its technology will gradually penetrate into small cars in the new era product line, and may focus on ride-hailing services and shared mobility solutions.

Audi’s third and final Sphere concept, the Urbansphere in the shape of an SUV, will be displayed before July next year and is expected to draw on elements from 2019 AI:ME concept, It itself previews a compact electric crossover for the city.

Audi in India

Audi has launched e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportback In India, and will further seek to expand its relationship with E-tron GT in the coming months.

Audi’s goal is at least By 2025, 15% of its sales in India will come from electric vehiclesIn keeping with its global strategy, the automaker will launch more e-tron models in the next few years.Therefore, the German brand already has Q4 e-tron In its global product portfolio, it is also developing A6 and Q6 e-tron.

The automaker also said it would consider Locally assembled electric vehicles, If it achieves the goal of electric vehicles accounting for 15% of total sales by 2025.

See also:

Audi India model series will reach full capacity by the end of 2021

Audi hopes to reduce the anxiety of owning electric vehicles through e-tron

Balbir Singh Dhillon of Audi e-tron, building buyer confidence, etc.

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