The new form of automotive freedom: the Audi Prologue allroad show car.

High-end technology and unrestricted everyday practicality, plus alluring elegance: The Audi prologue allroad is making its world premiere at Auto Shanghai. In any terrain, in any situation: the five-door model with the raised body provides a new emphasis in the Audi prologue show car family. Its operating concept enables digital interaction between driver and passengers; the plug-in hybrid drive impresses with 540 kW (734 hp), yet low consumption.

Audi pro­logue, Audi pro­logue Avant and now the Audi pro­logue all­road: the new Audi de­sign lan­guage is di­verse, emo­tional and ground­break­ing.

Like all all­road mod­els from Audi, the Audi pro­logue all­road makes no com­pro­mises. 15 years ago, a new class of au­to­mo­bile de­buted with the Audi all­road quat­tro: a car com­bin­ing the com­fort and dy­nam­ics of the lux­ury class with max­i­mum vari­abil­ity and mas­ter­ful off-road ca­pa­bil­ity. Audi is now pre­sent­ing a study in China that re­flects a fresh in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the typ­i­cal all­road themes, pro­vid­ing a clear glimpse at the brand's de­sign fu­ture. The de­sign of the Audi all­road pro­logue ac­cen­tu­ates the el­e­gant sporti­ness and unique­ness of the all­road con­cept.

Powerful and elegant: the side view

Viewed from the side, the 5.13 me­ter (16.8 ft) Audi pro­logue all­road dis­plays the new, dy­namic in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the Audi all­road phi­los­o­phy. A long front-end, a roofline that quickly be­gins to drop again and ex­tremely flat D-pil­lars give it an ath­letic pro­file and em­pha­size the el­e­gance and dy­nam­ics of the all­road con­cept in a fresh way.

The promi­nent bumpers and the flared wheel wells make the all-around tal­ents of the Audi pro­logue all­road abun­dantly clear at the very first glance. The pro­por­tions em­pha­size the front and rear wheel equally. The widely flared wheel wells house 22‑inch wheels with a five-arm de­sign.

The show car, de­murely fin­ished in De­hua White, is a stage for pro­gres­sive el­e­gance in every de­tail. The win­dow cap­ping strips in­clude sen­sor sur­faces for the door locks; the cov­ers for the charg­ing port and fuel tank are also elec­tric. Alu­minum ac­cents the roof rails, the mir­ror hous­ings, the area around the win­dows and both the front and rear of the car. An ex­ten­sion off­set in gray runs along the wheel wheels and the en­tire bot­tom edge of the raised body. It ex­presses the power and ro­bust­ness of the car and makes it seem even wider.

Progressive: the front end

A flat and wide Sin­gle­frame grille dom­i­nates the front. It is flushly in­te­grated into the body of the au­to­mo­bile. With their co­he­sive ap­pear­ance, its brushed alu­minum cross­bars cre­ate a new vari­ant of the Audi e-tron look. The show car's wedge-shaped head­lights fea­ture Ma­trix laser tech­nol­ogy, an in­no­va­tion that fur­ther ex­tends Au­di's lead in light­ing tech­nol­ogy. The light is bro­ken down in to count­less tiny pix­els, and the pos­si­bil­i­ties for dis­trib­ut­ing this light are vir­tu­ally bound­less. LED light guides sketch a new e-tron light sig­na­ture at the up­per and outer edges of the air in­lets, which are bi­sected by the bumper blade.

Dynamic: the rear

The rear of the Audi pro­logue all­road is strongly drawn-in lat­er­ally and as with a yacht is tilted in the di­rec­tion of travel, giv­ing the show car a dy­namic ap­pear­ance even when stand­ing still. A nar­row strip of lights con­nects the LED rear lights. Their hous­ings are made of 3D glass pro­duc­ing three-di­men­sional, sculpted ef­fects. The sporty rear apron in­cludes flat, hor­i­zon­tally split open­ing on both sides that graph­i­cally in­te­grate the ex­haust sys­tem into the rear-end de­sign. This de­tail sym­bol­izes the drive con­cept of the Audi pro­logue all­road – the ef­fi­cient in­ter­play of com­bus­tion en­gine and elec­tric mo­tor.

Spacious and airy: the interior

With its serenely el­e­gant and highly vari­able in­te­rior, the Audi pro­logue all­road is the per­fect car for every­day dri­ving and recre­ation. Dri­ver and pas­sen­gers ex­pe­ri­ence the spa­cious in­te­rior of the show car as a lux­u­ri­ous lounge. Lithely drawn lines and slen­der geo­met­ric bod­ies con­vey the im­pres­sion of ex­panse, seren­ity and light­ness. The con­tin­u­ous cen­ter con­sole and the front seats ap­pear to float. The in­stru­ment panel fea­tures a strictly hor­i­zon­tal ori­en­ta­tion. Its up­per level is part of the wrap­around – the arc en­cir­cling the cabin and the lug­gage com­part­ment. A per­fo­rated trim panel cov­ers the broad air vent; it re­tracts as soon as the air-con­di­tion­ing is set higher.

Glimpse into the future: the instrument panel

The in­te­rior ar­chi­tec­ture of the Audi pro­logue all­road merges with a ground­break­ing new dis­play and op­er­at­ing con­cept. Across its full width, the front of the in­stru­ment panel is de­signed to be a dis­play sur­face which in­te­grates three touch dis­plays. Alu­minum frames sur­round the dri­ver dis­plays to the right and left of the steer­ing wheel. The front pas­sen­ger can con­fig­ure in­fo­tain­ment op­tions us­ing a widescreen dis­play fully in­te­grated into the in­stru­ment panel. He can swipe to send these to the right dri­ver dis­play or to the Audi vir­tual cock­pit fu­ture be­hind the steer­ing wheel.

The cen­ter con­sole tun­nel houses an ad­di­tional dri­ver dis­play for cli­mate con­trol sys­tem, in­fo­tain­ment and text in­put. Fea­tur­ing in­no­v­a­tive OLED tech­nol­ogy with an ex­tremely thin, flex­i­ble film, it dis­plays bril­liant, high-con­trast im­ages. When in­ac­tive, the dis­play is in a flat re­tracted po­si­tion; as soon as the car is started, it moves up at an an­gle. The brand with the four rings is also break­ing new ground with the Audi vir­tual cock­pit fu­ture, which lies in the dri­ver's field of view. High-res­o­lu­tion dis­plays and three semi-trans­par­ent mir­rors gen­er­ate a vir­tual vi­sual stage with three lev­els. Thanks to this stag­gered ap­proach, in­for­ma­tion is struc­tured bet­ter and is eas­ier to grasp.

Innovation in the rear

Rear pas­sen­gers in the Audi pro­logue all­road sit in in­di­vid­ual seats. They use an ad­di­tional OLED dis­play on the cen­ter con­sole to ad­just the seats, the cli­mate con­trol sys­tem and the in­fo­tain­ment for their area or to ex­change data with the dri­ver. When the au­dio sys­tem is switched on, a sound spoiler moves out of the rear wheel­house pan­el­ings, ho­mo­ge­neously dis­trib­ut­ing mu­sic in the in­te­rior in top qual­ity. Two Audi tablets, which can be mounted in the backs of the front seats, also use OLED tech­nol­ogy. They are ex­tremely thin and slightly curved.

The show car of­fers its dri­ver and pas­sen­gers su­pe­rior com­fort be­fore the car even be­gins to move. The “but­ler" – an in­no­v­a­tive, in­tel­li­gent soft­ware pro­gram – iden­ti­fies the pas­sen­gers as they get based on their smart­phones and ad­justs the seats and cli­mate con­trol sys­tem ac­cord­ing to their pref­er­ences. The sys­tem also makes sug­ges­tions for mu­sic and route plan­ning ac­cord­ing to the own­er's pref­er­ences. The Easy Slot sys­tem in the cen­ter con­sole con­nects the phones with the on­board in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem and charges them in­duc­tively.

Novel: the materials and colors

The color and trim con­cept in the in­te­rior of the Audi pro­logue all­road em­pha­sizes com­fort and sporty el­e­gance. The up­per sec­tion of the in­stru­ment panel is fin­ished in Lifestyle Blue, while the lower zone, the seats and the car­pet­ing are Sard Brown. Bezels of open-pored, dark fine-grain ash ve­neer adorn the wrap­around, the doors and the cen­ter tun­nel con­sole. Alu­minum el­e­ments set pow­er­ful ac­cents.

Nat­ural-look­ing Unicum leather is in large sec­tions of the in­stru­ment panel, on the cen­ter con­sole tun­nel and on the seats. Art­fully de­signed per­fo­ra­tions in the seat cen­ter lines are evoca­tive of the Sin­gle­frame grille bars. A gen­er­ous band of Al­can­tara runs from the door in­serts over the arm rests to the lug­gage com­part­ment.

Powerful efficiency

Pow­er­ful on the road, su­pe­rior in light ter­rain, al­ways ef­fi­cient: the tech­nol­ogy in the Audi pro­logue all­road of­fers the ul­ti­mate in au­to­mo­tive free­dom.

The 4.0 TFSI en­gine – a V8 with twin tur­bocharg­ers – and the elec­tric mo­tor in­te­grated into the eight-speed tip­tronic pro­duce 540 kW (734 hp) of sys­tem power and 900 Nm (663.8 lb-ft) of sys­tem torque. The quat­tro all-wheel drive sys­tem uti­lizes the power of the Audi pro­logue all­road per­fectly in every sit­u­a­tion.

The show car rock­ets from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 3.5 sec­onds, yet con­sumes just 2.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilo­me­ters (98.0 US mpg) ac­cord­ing to the NEDC stan­dard for plug-in hy­brids, which cor­re­sponds to 56 grams CO2 per kilo­me­ter (90.1 g/mi). The lithium-ion bat­tery mounted in the rear of the car has a ca­pac­ity of 14.1 kWh for a purely elec­tric range of 54 kilo­me­ters (33.6 mi). With its AWC (Audi wire­less charg­ing) tech­nol­ogy which the brand is de­vel­op­ing for se­ries pro­duc­tion, the Audi pro­logue all­road can also be charged in­duc­tively.

The body of the Audi pro­logue all­road is 77 mil­lime­ters (3.0 in) higher than that of the Audi pro­logue Avant. The chas­sis is state-of-the-art. The front and wheel axles are light­weight, five-link con­struc­tions. The 20-inch brake discs are made of weight-sav­ing car­bon-fiber ce­ramic. The adap­tive air sus­pen­sion sport – an air sus­pen­sion sys­tem with con­trolled damp­ing – of­fers a wide range be­tween ex­tremely com­fort­able cruis­ing and tight han­dling. The dy­namic all-wheel steer­ing com­bines a vari­able-ra­tio, dy­namic steer­ing unit with an ad­di­tional steer­ing unit for the rear wheels to har­mo­niously re­solve the con­flict be­tween dy­namic dri­ving and sta­bil­ity.