The Audi ActiveSphere continues the conceptual preview of the brand’s future mobility. This new Audi concept is his fourth in a series of visions with the ‘sphere’ suffix that started with the 2021 Skysphere and continued through the more recent Grand Sphere and Urban Sphere.
Designed and built at Audi’s design studio in Malibu, this new model distills the experience of tomorrow’s American roads in both scale and function. It has recently been noted that trucks have become almost the de facto vehicle of choice for Americans, a far cry from their utilitarian farming beginnings.
Perhaps with this mission creep in mind and the looming presence of the perpetually delayed Tesla Cybertruck, Audi’s American team ventured into the multifunctional future. , electric, built around the new interior design concept Audi Dimension. A bit like the recent BMW i Vision Dee, this is a mixed reality venture that uses headsets to overlay information around passengers.
Audi Activesphere concept offers go-anywhere luxury
Like its predecessor Sphere, the emphasis is on luxury, autonomy and flexibility. The jacked-up bodywork atop massive 22-inch wheels is sleek and sporty, a deliberate visual contradiction, and the corny “sport utility her vehicle” body of her style. It is becoming more and more popular among designers seeking new expressions.
As with all Audi’s forays into concepts, the Active Sphere is a large car at around five meters long and over two meters wide. An electric drive system ensures ample interior space despite the plunging rear roofline, and the blended two-tone interior is laid out for four passengers.
Audi Dimension proposes to do away with physical control surfaces and buttons altogether, in favor of virtual overlays that appear when the passenger or driver looks in the right place. overlap with the outside world.
At the rear, the traditional hatchback has been replaced by what Audi calls the ‘active back’. It’s a sliding cover that transforms the luggage compartment into an open load bay, perfect for carrying recreational equipment such as e-bikes and water and winter sports ‘equipment’.
The headline stats are hypothetical at this point – up to 372 miles on an 800-volt fast charge – but the most important factor for this car is its appeal to a very ambitious market segment, the active urban professional. Appeal. An off-roader yet elegant luxury vehicle that can slam up mountain slopes.
The relationship between the body and wheels is exaggerated for visual effect, but there is no particular concept for the basic silhouette. We expect this to be seen as the next generation of all-electric his A6, A7 and even A8. Elements like true self-driving are tantalizingly out of reach (like the Tesla Cybertruck), but the proposed layer of augmented reality is one that manufacturers are eagerly exploring. It’s another aspect of mobility.
This fourth concept completes Audi’s ring cycle of innovation. Calling the Audi ActiveSphere a pick-up truck is a bit of an exaggeration, but it shows the flexibility of Audi’s premium platform electric system, the massive technological base of the next-generation car.
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