At the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show Audi is unveiling the A2 Concept, a study of a B-segment model that will be positioned between the premium compact A1 and the C-segment A3.
Virtually succeeding to the all-aluminum A2 launched in 1999, the new A2 is likely to have a more conventional construction, that according to the first unofficial information could be based on the MQB (Modular Querbaukaste) modular platform, with components in steel, carbon fiber and plastics.
The A2 Concept features an e-tron powertrain. Additional details will follow closer to the car’s debut.
Among the distinctive elements of the car is the advanced LED technology used for the headlights, called “matrix beam”, where a package of LEDs and microreflectors generate a high-resolution and non-glaring high-beam light.
The exterior combines the typical lines of the brand’s new models with some distinctive, hi-tech elements such as the continuous side marker light with dynamic, colored light which serves as an original turning indicator and brake light.
The dark glass roof can switch to transparency with the push of a button.
The interior features four individual seats, a flat floorboard and a center console attached to the driver’s seat, with the rear console extending forward between the two rear seats.
Between the rear seats there is enough space for a city bicycle with its front wheel removed. The load area has two levels; a frame with functional nets creates the upper level.
The large areas from the door top shoulders to the floor bear a new and innovative covering material made of polyurethane with a neoprene surface feel; a ribbed material made from recycled polyester covers the central floor area.
The seat shells are made with a plastic blow molding technique. Aluminum elements create highlights the cockpit.
The lighting system
Delicate daytime running light fibers frame the highly efficient LED low-beam light module. Intelligent tail lights adapt their illumination to the visibility conditions.
The dynamic light runs below the edge of the window from the front to the rear of the A2 concept – a band of light that contains a multitude of innovative, dynamic light functions. Integrated approach sensors detect the owner and unlock the doors via gesture control.
While driving, the dynamic light functions as a continuous side marker light. If the car’s indicator is activated, light impulses run throughout the entire band of light.
In addition, a red bar of light flows forward from the tail lights when braking and demonstrates the strength of the brakes intuitively for other road users.
The dynamic light is also located in the cockpit area of the show car, structured in two separate arches.
Like the entire interior, the dash panel has a light and clean look and intuitive controls. The driver manages many important features via touch-control areas on the inside of the steering wheel.
Two additional control surfaces fold up at the driver’s right when starting the vehicle. An open profile serves as the steering column; a seven-inch display and two secondary displays are located at its end.