Powered by a dual mode petrol/electric powertrain, the Audi Crosslane Coupe concept pushes the boundaries for hybrid vehicles
Audi has revealed its futuristic Crosslane Coupe concept at the 2012 Paris Motor Show. Keeping in line with its futuristic design cues the Audi crosslane coupe has a dual mode, three-cylinder petrol/electric hybrid powertrain.
The petrol engine is a 1.5-litre turbocharged unit that develops 130PS of power and 200Nm of torque while electricity comes from two electric motors. The first motor (EM 1) acts primarily as a starter and alternator while the second electric motor (EM 2) can power the wheels with 116PS of power and 250Nm of torque. The lithium ion battery has an output of 17kWh that gives the Audi Crosslane Coupe concept a driving range of 84 kilometres.
The dual mode hybrid enables the Audi Crosslane Coupe concept to go from 0-54km/h solely powered by EM 2 and is solely powered by the battery. At 54km/h the petrol engine kicks in and works in conjunction with the alternator (EM 1) to produce, relieve or substitute the battery should it run out of charge. The electric mode is possible till 128km/h above which the petrol motor is the sole source of power.
The Audi Crosslane Coupe concept has two drive settings, cruise and race. Cruise prioritises electric driving while race focuses on higher performance by making the petrol engine deliver most of the power.
The Audi Crosslane Coupe concept is a 2+2 seater that is 4.21 metres long, 1.88 metres wide and 1.51 metres tall, with a wheelbase of 2.56 metres and weighs just 1,390kg. Built out of aluminium, carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) and glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP), the crosslane coupe has a multi-material spaceframe that breaks new ground in terms of weight, cost and energy usage in a life cycle assessment.
The muscular power dome on the bonnet with the striking LED headlamps, dominating single frame grille and smooth surfaced air vents give the Crosslane Coupe concept a distinct futuristic look while maintaining Audi’s trademark design language.
From the sides the big wheel arches attract quite a bit of attention along with the flat C-pillar and big doors that emphasises its coupe-like character. The tail lights have a trademark Audi design while the aluminium rear diffuser lends a sporty touch.
Inside, Audi has used CFRP in the cabin of the crosslane coupe in a number of variations along with soft semi-aniline leather and velvet leather to provide a well balanced ambience. The low dashboard is very clearly turned towards the driver like that of sports cars. The Audi Crosslane Coupe concept introduces new online services such as ’Escape Manager‘, a programme passengers can use to review and comment on the routes they are driving on, and they can also send photos and videos recorded on the road.
The dual mode hybrid powertrain of the Audi Crosslane Coupe concept pushes the boundaries of hybrid vehicles by being able to use electricity to power the car at high speeds in conjunction with the petrol engine and by using two electric motors to cut down dependency on the petrol engine across wider driving conditions.