Audi has re-imagined its Prologue concept car in time for next week’s Shanghai motor show, this time creating a 724bhp plug-in petrol-electric hybrid in the form of the Prologue Allroad.
The Allroad is the third in the series of Prologue concept models, following on from the coupe seen in Los Angeles and the five-door Avant version enjoyed by the crowds in Geneva.
Audi has marked 15 years since the Allroad Quattro, a car that combined comfort and dynamics of the luxury market with the huge versatility and ability of an off-roader. The new Prologue Allroad represents Audi’s latest interpretation of the same ideal and the company’s design lineage.
In regards to styling, the Allroad takes on similar design cues to the Avant, but with an additional 77mm of ground clearance and rugged stance, the Allroad certainly harks back to its off-road roots.
To create such stance and dominance on the road, the Prologue Allroad gets tougher looking bumpers and integrated skid plates, aluminium roof rails and cladding within the wheel arches and along the flanks.
A possible hint towards the next A6 Allroad, the latest Prologue concept is 185mm longer than the existing and most rugged A6 at 5130mm, potentially pointing to a larger car for its fourth-generation.
Perhaps most intriguing is the sophisticated manner in which the Prologue Allroad is powered. Under the bonnet sits a twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 direct injection petrol engine that has been co-developed between Audi and Porsche, while a brushless electric motor mounted within the forward section of the concept’s eight-speed automatic transmission helps towards a total power output of 724bhp and 664lb ft of torque.
In theory, the Prologue Allroad could achieve a 0-62mph sprint in just 3.5sec, but also return an outstanding 117.7mpg and CO2 emissions of a mere 56g/km. Electric only, the Allroad concept could have a range of around 33.6 miles, but along with conventional plug-in charging, the latest Prologue would also feature wireless charging technology.