Audi Allroad Quattro Concept
Audi Allroad Quattro Concept

When driving in inhospitable, muddy conditions, or even just on salt and water-soaked winter roads, the allroad quattro concept ensures that visibility never suffers, thanks to an innovative coating of hydrophonic molecules covering the exterior window glass and mirrors that repels both water and dirt.

The rugged exterior of the allroad quattro contrasts with a cabin that is typically opulent, spacious and laden with advanced technology, including a new version of the MMI Multi Media Interface with a larger 8.9-inch monitor and even higher pixel resolution for optimum clarity. The MMI unit also includes a 3D off-road navigation system incorporating compass and longitudinal/lateral angle display.

Other features that could eventually filter through to other Audi models include the Audi road vision system, a world first for the brand that incorporates an optical sensor able to recognize the condition of the road and its surface. The system informs the driver of potential hazards such as loose gravel or black ice, and also gives the ESP electronic stabilization program and the adaptive cruise control additional, crucial parameters for even better proactive control.

The Audi lane assist system, another useful advance, induces vibrations through the steering wheel to inform the driver should he or she inadvertently stray across the lane divider lines on a carriageway. Audi side assist, in turn, incorporates radar sensors monitoring the area behind and next to the car to detect vehicles approaching the allroad quattro, or driving in its blind spots. The driver is informed by a warning light mounted in the exterior mirror on the appropriate side of the car.

Even the passenger compartment layout is innovative. A high centre console runs its full length and incorporates subdivided storage compartments between two-piece armrests. These can be completely retracted into the floor, and the rear seats tilted forward at the touch of a button, to create a massive and completely smooth and flush load area. The fully retractable load cover is also housed within the floor to remove all clutter.

The allroad quattro concept shows the form an all-terrain evolution of the latest A6 Avant could take in the future, but at present there are no definite plans to make the car a production reality.


Published : 16/01/05 Author : Melanie Carter

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