Audi Has lifted the veil of the first one Three “spheres” electric vehicle conceptThe Audi Skysphere concept car unveiled at Monterey Car Week in Pebble Beach, California, gave us the first look at the brand’s next-generation design language. Skysphere is an electric two-door convertible car developed around the 4-level autonomy principle, which means that the car can drive independently on roads equipped with the necessary infrastructure.
- The Skysphere concept car has a variable wheelbase
- Preview Audi’s next-generation “progressive luxury” design language
- The dual identity of an autonomous luxury station wagon and a driver-centric sports car
- Powered by a 624bhp electric motor mounted on the rear axle
Audi Skysphere: design and styling
Skysphere is designed as a pure electric car, but retains an extended front cover, reminiscent of a traditional large station wagon. Gael Buzyn, head of Audi Malibu Design Studio, who led the work on the concept, said that this is to increase “classic prestige.”He added: “The electric power system gives us a lot of freedom, so we can do a lot of things. [different] Things, but this is not an exercise here. “
The main inspiration for Skysphere’s size and proportions came from the Horch 853 sports car version produced by one of the four companies that merged to form Auto Union in the late 1930s.
The concept car has a variable wheelbase and provides two different driving experiences by extending the body in front of the A-pillar: one is an autonomous luxury wagon, and the other is a more focused sports car.
The extended version of Skysphere is 5,190 mm long, mounted on large 23-inch wheels, and weighs approximately 1,800 kg. In sports driving mode, the wheelbase is shortened to 4,940 mm, and the ground clearance is reduced by 10 mm to provide a more attractive driving experience. The extra length is created by the expandable part in front of the A-pillar.
While the size is retro, Skysphere’s design is forward-looking, allowing a close preview of the next-generation Audi’s “progressive luxury” design language. It retains Audi’s single-frame grille. However, instead of providing cooling air to the engine radiator, the surface of the grille is made of white LEDs, which can display moving light sequences, including indicator lights and other functional systems. The other LED panel has the same width as the rear of the car.
The “engine compartment” is used to house electric drive components, including chargers and converters, while the trunk is designed to accommodate two custom-designed golf bags. Like most customized electric cars, the concept car is characterized by a short front overhang, and the wheels are pushed as far as possible to the corners.
Audi Skysphere: interior and technology
Audi is promoting interior design as a key priority of its “domain” concept to showcase the possibilities of autonomous vehicles. As far as Skysphere is concerned, Audi has created an interior designed to provide luxury station wagon-level comfort in automatic mode and provide a more driver-centric experience when needed. Buzyn said the purpose is to provide a sense of space that was previously unattainable in a convertible.
The interior design is inspired by the Art Deco architecture of the 1930s. The seats are made of sustainably produced microfibers and are designed to provide a level of comfort comparable to that of aircraft first-class cabins. In autonomous mode, the steering wheel and pedals can be retracted into the dashboard. The interior is made of eucalyptus wood and real produced artificial leather.
The instrument panel is dominated by a futuristic touch-sensitive surface 1,415 mm wide and 180 mm high, used for all vehicle control and infotainment systems. After selecting the driver-centric sport mode, the dashboard will adjust the controls and screens to best suit the driver.
Audi Skysphere: Powertrain and Platform
Audi insists that as a pure concept, Skysphere is not based on a specific mass-produced car platform, although it may show some possibilities of the Volkswagen Group’s upcoming SSP architecture.
Skysphere is powered by a 624bhp electric motor mounted on the rear axle and sends all the power to the rear wheels. It offers a weight of 553 pound-feet and can reach 0-62 mph in a claimed 4.0 seconds.
Most of the battery modules are located behind the cabin to optimize the center of gravity, but more modules are placed in the central aisle between the seats. Audi stated that the battery capacity is “expected” to exceed 80kWh, bringing the theoretical cruising range of the WLTP cycle to 310 miles. There are double wishbone axles at both ends of the car, with a wire-controlled steering system, which allows easy programming of different ratios and settings.
Skysphere is also equipped with the latest version of Audi’s adaptive air suspension system, which uses three independent air chambers and is the key to providing the versatility required for sports and automatic modes.
Audi’s future Sphere concept plan
Although Audi insists that there is no production plan for the machine at present, the company does say that a vehicle like the Skysphere concept car “will become an experience platform that will extend its vision beyond simple riding in just a few years.” Although Skysphere may be a pure concept officially, the flexible SSP architecture being developed by the Volkswagen Group will allow a similar GT.
Next will be Big ball concept, Preview the upcoming “Landjet” A8 successor and will be exhibited at the Munich Motor Show in September. At the same time, the Urbansphere concept car scheduled to be launched in 2022 will preview a self-driving SUV, which may also be put into production as part of Audi’s new era product line.
Audi in India
The German automaker recently launched its first all-electric model in India – e-tron SUV and e-tron Sportback – And follow The introduction of RS5, Audi has many new SUVs lined up this year.This includes New Q3 And the revised Q5 and Q7 SUV. Later this year, Audi will also launch a new version of the A3 sedan.
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