Audi Crosslane Coupé Concept

Concept Cars 28 Sep 2012
Audi Crosslane Coupé Concept

The Crosslane Coupé Concept is a study of a compact crossover which give some hints on the future design if the Audi Q models. Among the highlights are the multimaterial spaceframe snd the hybrid drivetrain.


Making its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show, the Audi Crosslane Coupé showcases technology, engineering and design innovations that will be introduced by the company in its future production models.

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The Multimaterial Space Frame allows limit the total weight to 1,390 kg , while the advanced dual-mode plug-in hybrid drivetrain based on a purpose-designed 1.5-liter three-cylinder TFSI and two electric motors has a fuel consumption of only 1.1 liters per 100 km (213.81 US mpg) and CO2 emissions of just 26 grams per km (41.84 grams per mile).

Below we report the official details.

Exterior Design

The 2+2-seater Audi crosslane coupé is 4.21 meters long (13.81 ft), 1.88 meters wide (6.17 ft) and 1.51 meters high (4.95 ft), with a wheelbase of 2.56 meters (8.40 ft).

Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept

The single-frame grille, which is subdivided into several segments by struts, dominates the front end.

Its prominent frame is integrated into the Multimaterial Space Frame as a supporting element. This solution symbolizes the philosophy behind the Audi crosslane coupé: a totally new fusion of basic concept, technology and design.

The trapezoidal headlights use Audi Matrix LED headlight technology. Small, individually controllable light-emitting diodes generate all lighting functions, and microreflectors enable their precise positioning.

The bumper incorporates large, mainly smooth-surfaced air intakes. Through two narrow openings in the front lid it is possible to glimpse the upper aluminum members of the Multimaterial Space Frame.

Audi Crosslane Coupe ConceptAlong the sides, the horizontal edges are the dominant feature above the wheels. The low greenhouse tapers into a very flat C-post, emphasizing the coupé-like character of the Audi crosslane coupé.

The doors extend a long way down thanks to the space frame design, which allows very low sills. The doors open to reveal the aluminum structures of the Multimaterial Space Frame.

The tail lights are a variation on the motif of the headlights; the trunk lid seam divides them each into two segments.

Audi Crosslane Coupe ConceptThe bumper, the lower section of which is made from CFRP, incorporates an aluminum diffuser that extends quite some way up.

The roof element comprises two CFRP shells and weighs slightly less than ten kilograms (22.05 lb).

The driver and front passenger can unlatch it by an electric drive, remove it from the body structure and fit it over the trunk.

The trunk forms a separate pan within the body structure; it is attached to the backs of the rear seats, which are separate from the seat cushions.

At the press of a button, the entire unit travels about 40 cm (15.75 in) forward electrically; this is how the latched roof reaches its end position, in which it protects the luggage. At the same time, the level surface under the trunk becomes accessible, and it offers a flat storage space for dirty or wet objects.

Interior Design

The interior design of the Audi crosslane coupé continues the design language of the exterior in the geometrical clarity of its basic shapes; instrument covers and the grilles on the air nozzles, for example, take up the trapezoidal theme.

Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept Interior The narrow gap dimensions and three-dimensional surfaces reflect Audi’s uncompromisingly high quality standards.

The driver and front passenger sit on electrically adjustable sport seats with integrated head restraints, the shells of which are made from CFRP.

The center console integrates a large selector lever, which is electrically extended when the car is started; it is used to control the hybrid drive.

The spokes of the steering wheel incorporate control surfaces for the thumbs, which the driver can use to carry out most functions. These can also be controlled just as intuitively from a large touchpad on the center console.

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The low dashboard is very clearly turned towards the driver. The air conditioning controls incorporate miniature displays.

The virtual displays in the instrument cluster can be toggled between two different levels, and a powermeter visualizes the drive system’s operating statuses.

Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept InteriorThe dominant interior material of the Audi crosslane coupé is CFRP, which is used in a number of different variations.

On the dashboard cowl, for instance, the composite fibers are all aligned in a single direction; this unidirectional arrangement is a new departure in the automotive sector.

The CFRP parts are slightly lighter in color in some areas and darker in others, an effect achieved by different clear coat applications.

The aluminum elements, too, are used in a subtly differentiated way. Most of them are machine-polished, but the air nozzles use a black anodized light alloy.

The vehicle floor is made from glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP) incorporating sections of a new material: Thick cords are woven with rubber threads to form a hard-wearing carpet.

In their leather selections, Audi designers also employed various material grades.

Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept InstrumentsThe most widely used grade is soft semi-aniline leather. Velvet leather in black provides an enlivening contrast. It has a robust, slightly coarse surface reminiscent of suede.

The Audi crosslane coupé introduces new online services under the key word Audi connect. Its passengers are always connected to the Internet community – via Twitter, Facebook or by sending photos and videos recorded on the road.

A completely new feature is the “Escape Manager” – a program passengers can use to review and comment on the routes they are driving for their friends.

Multimaterial Space Frame

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The Multimaterial Space Frame of the compact Audi crosslane coupé is made of aluminum, carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP), and glass fiber-reinforced polymer (GFRP).

The concept car has an unladen weight of about 1,390 kg (3,064.43 lb), including the large lithium-ion battery.

The aluminum profiles form a continuous, rigid structure around the occupant cell. Beams beneath the front lid join the single-frame grille, which performs a supporting function and is also made from aluminum, with the occupant cell.

The front and rear crash structures are made from CFRP and the supporting CFRP structures inside the occupant cell include the inner sills, the center tunnel, the bulkhead, and the cross-members in the floor. Surface GFRP components with partial CFRP reinforcements complete the body concept.

According to Audi, the integrated Multimaterial Space Frame is the right path to the future. Its weight is of the same magnitude as a monolithic body of CFRP. It also offers convincing advantages in terms of costs to the customer and its energy usage in a life cycle assessment.

(Source: Audi)

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  1. RAL
    28/9/2012

    I think Audi should try some new, modern, distictive design language. The front and rear look the same in all their cars. Even the side view needs an update (bmw n merc did it). Since 2000 when they introduced this huge grill and started with their typical body language, their cars look just facelifts.

  2. kyklops
    30/9/2012

    Reminds me of the Steppenwolf concept from 2000. Sometimes they come back.

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