New Audi SUV Concept Is Unveiled In Detroit | Part Two

Audi Pikes Peak Quattro Concept SUV


The interior is also innovative. A four + two-seat configuration enables the Pikes Peak quattro to adapt from sports car to heavy-duty off-roader to a large people-carrier. Off-road competence comes from the car's variable-height adaptive air suspension and quattro four-wheel-drive.

The ride height can be raised for rough terrain, but is automatically lowered when back on smooth roads. A glass roof provides plenty of light to the interior where six people can travel in three pairs of leather-upholstered seats, all of which are electrically adjusted. The interior also includes laser optics, a DVD entertainment system and Internet access.

Technical details on the exterior include loop-pattern door handles which extend when proximity sensors detect that the owner wants to get in. The handles are also illuminated, while lights in the exterior mirrors are used to light up the area around the car.

The Pikes Peak quattro's appearance is set off by massive five-arm double spoke wheels and run flat tyres which can be driven on after a puncture for up to 125 miles at speeds up to 50mph.

Chairman of the Board of Audi AG, Martin Winterkorn, said the company had a very successful year in 2002 in all markets despite tough economic conditions. He added that there was still "enormous potential" for the brand.

"We will be introducing a number of new models over the next five or six years - it has not escaped our notice that other German luxury car makers are still outselling us by two or three to one in some markets," remarked Mr Winterkorn.

In 2002, Audi sold 560,000 cars in Western Europe, up 3.8 per cent and the highest sales figure in its history. In the United States sales were up 2.9 per cent to 85,700.

Published 8 January 2003 Melanie Carter

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