Audi urbansphere concept (2022): the electric and luxurious van of the future

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The trilogy of Audi concept cars with names written in lower case is finally coming to an end. After skysphere and grandphere, it’s time to introduce the Audi urbansphere concept. This style studio, the design of which inevitably resembles the fashion of minivans, was to be initially presented at the Beijing Motor Show. Despite the cancellation of the Chinese event, the German manufacturer has still decided to introduce the concept car.

At 5.51 meters long, 2.01 meters wide and 1.78 meters high, the Audi urbansphere concept is a large minivan marked by a large singleframe grille capable of illuminating, LED headlights narrow, 24-inch wheels, a flat windshield, a slim line to the rear and a dynamic rear face thanks to the presence of a diffuser. This back can also be colored. Equipped with utensils, the doors of the car are cross-border and therefore can be opened in opposite directions to facilitate access on board.

Four individual seats inside

Audi urbansphere concept (2022)Photo credit – Audi

In order to maximize the space it offers its occupants, Audi has extended the wheelbase of the urbansphere concept to 3.40 meters. Because the heart of this new concept car produced by the brand with the rings is really its interior. Bathed in light thanks to an impressive glass roof, the cabin contains four individual seats installed in two rows.

Reclining and swivel seats

Audi urbansphere concept (2022)

Audi urbansphere concept (2022)Photo credit – Audi

These four seats can be configured in different modes and recline the backrests up to 60 degrees, while the legrests extend. They can be oriented in various directions to facilitate exchanges between passengers. And to be as comfortable as possible, they have armrests. “Each seat has its own sound area with built-in speakers in the headrest,” says Audi.

High-tech atmosphere on board the concept car

Audi urbansphere concept (2022)

Audi urbansphere concept (2022)Photo credit – Audi

The icing on the cake, a large transparent OLED screen can come out of the ceiling to occupy the full width of the cabin and entertain the rear passengers. And because the Chinese public has special experience in facial recognition systems, this concept car is equipped with a device that scans the face and voice of passengers to determine their stress level. The goal? Offer them a meditation app, for example. The car also includes eye tracking and gesture or voice tracking systems for navigating certain menus in the information and entertainment system.

Sustainable materials used

Audi urbansphere concept (2022)

Audi urbansphere concept (2022)Photo credit – Audi

Finally, Audi explains that it imagined the interior of the urbansphere concept as sustainable, installing materials such as “varnished carp wood”, recycled polyamide for seat padding, or even bamboo viscose fabric to make the armrests. and backs. zone. A small steering wheel is installed in the driving position, but the driver can choose to do his business completely by letting the level 4 autonomous driving system take over the trip. There is no screen on the board, the content is simply projected on it.

401 hp and 750 km of electrical autonomy

Audi urbansphere concept (2022)

Audi urbansphere concept (2022)Photo credit – Audi

Based on the PPE technical platform, the Audi urbansphere concept has two electric motors whose combined total power reaches 295 kW, ie about 401 hp for 690 Nm of torque. This engine is combined with quattro all-wheel drive and a battery pack with a capacity of up to 120 kWh to provide a range of “up to 750 kilometers”. Thanks to the 800 V architecture similar to that of the e-tron GT, the battery can be recharged up to 270 kW, and thus regain about 300 kilometers of autonomy in just ten minutes.

The Ingolstadt brand has not announced a release date for a possible production model inspired by this Audi urbansphere concept.

To sum up

Will Audi update the minivan fashion? Nothing is less certain. The German manufacturer introduced its urbansphere concept on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, and it looks similar to the famous family vehicles that marked the 2000s. The exception is that this futuristic-looking minivan contains a luxurious interior. , with four individual seats that the occupants can. recline and tilt as they please. Full of technology, it contains a transparent screen that unfolds from the ceiling. Its electric motor gives it 401 hp and 750 kilometers of range.

Quentin Gueroult

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