Audi Prologue Avant concept previews next-gen estates

Following on from the Prologue coupe shown at the Los Angeles Motor Show last year, Audi will unveil the Prologue Avant concept at the Geneva Motor Show next month.

The Audi Prologue Avant shows how the German manufacturer’s next-generation design language could be applied to an estate bodystyle. The styling is characterised by clean, taut surfaces, with a hint of muscle in the wheelarches.

The front, shared with the coupe, is dominated by a wide, flat interpretation of Audi’s ‘singleframe’ grille, flanked by angular laser matrix headlights and topped by the sharp-creased, steeply curved bonnet.

Further back, a pair of rear doors have been added, along with a slightly taller roofline that slopes down to a steeply raked rear window. It adds up to a much less upright silhouette than the current Audi Avants.

It’s a big car, some 5,110mm long and 1,970mm wide, with a generous, four-seater interior. The cabin architecture shows the future direction of Audi interiors, as well. It takes Audi’s minimalist approach even further, doing away with traditional buttons and dials almost entirely, replacing them with touchscreens and TFT displays.

Power comes from the diesel-electric hybrid powertrain that will see production in the upcoming Mk.2 Q7. It twins a 3.0-litre, twin-turbo V6 diesel with an electric motor to produce 449bhp, sent to all four wheels. Audi claims a 0-62mph time of 5.1 seconds, with combined fuel economy of 176.5mpg and Co² emissions of 43g/km.

The chassis is equally advanced, featuring air suspension with adaptive damping and four-wheel steering.

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