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Inaugurated in 2021, the line of Audi range concept cars is expanding with a new model in 2023. Called the Audi Active Range Concept, this electric car clearly marks the “pinnacle” of this range which prefigures the future of signature with rings. It is a four-door coupe SUV that bets on versatility.

4.98 meters long, 2.07 meters wide and 1.6 meters high, the Audi Activesfera concept has a large wheelbase of 2.97 meters. Developed in Malibu, California, the vehicle is based on the PPE modular platform. Both athletic and muscular, its off-road styling is characterized by large 22-inch wheels, an imposing variable ground clearance, large glass areas, antagonistic doors, narrow LED headlights and even a transparent Singleframe grille.

Converts to a pickup truck on request

Audi Active Sphere Concept (2023)Photo Credit – Audi

With this Audi Activesphere concept, the German manufacturer imagines how a vehicle can allow its user to “reconnect with nature”. The coupe SUV can be converted into a station wagon in order to offer a cargo box called active rear. This can accommodate a lot of sports equipment, and even has a rack for e-bikes. A ski rack is integrated directly into the roof.

Strong acceleration and off-road ability

Audi Active Sphere Concept (2023)

Audi Active Sphere Concept (2023)Photo Credit – Audi

Based on an 800V architecture, Audi’s active range concept features two electric motors whose total cumulative power reaches 442 horsepower (325 kW) for 720 Nm of torque. The concept car features quattro all-wheel drive and air suspension with adaptive dampers. The speed from 0 to 100 km/h is achieved in 4.9 seconds.

More than 600 kilometers of autonomy

Audi Active Sphere Concept (2023)

Audi Active Sphere Concept (2023)Photo Credit – Audi

As for the autonomy of the active sphere concept, it exceeds 600 kilometers thanks to a 100 kWh battery, according to data from the Ingolstadt firm. Fast charging is possible with up to 270 kW of direct current (DC) power, so it can go from 5 to 80% charge in “less than 25 minutes”.

It can run 100% autonomously

Audi Active Sphere Concept (2023)

Audi Active Sphere Concept (2023)Photo Credit – Audi

Described as functional and minimalist, the interior of this Audi Activesphere concept houses four individual floating seats. The dashboard functions as a large soundbar and can be retracted – including the steering wheel – when the Level 4 autonomous driving system is activated. To regain control, the driver can choose to unfold this steering wheel, especially when driving off-road.

An onboard mixed reality system

Audi Active Sphere Concept (2023)

Audi Active Sphere Concept (2023)Photo Credit – Audi

This new concept car from Audi is also marked by the introduction of the Audi Dimension mixed reality system. To use it, the driver and passengers must use headsets that allow them to display information and interfaces on the road and the scenery around them. They can control these elements through hand movements and thus discover points of interest on their route or even enjoy 3D topographic diagrams in allroad mode. Traffic safety information can also be displayed.

Elements taken from future models

Audi Active Sphere Concept (2023)

Audi Active Sphere Concept (2023)Photo Credit – Audi

The concept car obliges, this Audi Activesphere concept has neither a price nor a release date. If it didn’t create a production model as such, some of its innovations can clearly be found in future Audi cars. The manufacturer is awaiting feedback from its fans to decide which ones, but ensures that the light signature already foreshadows that of future models.

5 questions about Audi’s active sphere concept

Audi Active Sphere Concept (2023)

Audi Active Sphere Concept (2023)Photo Credit – Audi

What are the dimensions of this SUV coupe model?

The Audi Activesphere concept car is 4.98 meters long, 2.07 meters wide and 1.6 meters high. This SUV coupe that can be converted into a pick-up benefits from a generous wheelbase, the length of which reaches 2.97 meters. It is based on the modular PPE platform.

What is the spec sheet of Audi’s active sphere concept?

The Audi Activesphere concept has two electric motors to take advantage of quattro all-wheel drive. Cumulative total power reaches 442 horsepower (325 kW) for 720 Nm of torque. If the top speed varies depending on the road surface, 0 to 100 km/h is still recorded in 4.9 seconds.

What is the range of the German electric concept car revealed in 2023?

This Audi Activesphere concept has a 100 kWh battery which provides an electric range of over 600 kilometers. Audi indicates that fast charging is possible in direct current (DC) with a maximum power of 270 kW. According to the manufacturer, this allows you to go from 5 to 80% charging in less than 25 minutes.

What are its internal innovations?

Designed as a large soundbar, the control panel of this Audi Activesphere concept can be folded when the level 4 autonomous driving mode is activated. The driver can choose to unfold the steering wheel when he wants to take control of the vehicle. Also, virtual reality headsets are available to the driver and passengers. These make it possible to use the Audi Dimension system, which overlays interfaces and content on the road. Thus, it is possible to view points of interest on a road, a 3D topographical diagram with driving mode on all roads or even road traffic information.

What is the price and release date of the Audi Activesphere concept?

As its name suggests, the Audi Activesphere concept is a concept car. Therefore, no mass production is planned by the Ingolstadt firm at the time of writing these lines. However, the ringed brand specifies that some features of this coupe SUV can be found in production models. Like the new light signature visible on the front of the active sphere concept, for example.

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The range of concept cars developed by Audi is expanding with a new model. Called the Audi Activesphere concept, this style study is 4.98 meters wide, 2.07 meters wide and 1.6 meters high. It is a coupe SUV that can be converted into a pick-up in the back. The design is characterized by an impressive clearance from the ground, 22-inch rims, a transparent grille with a frame or even narrow LED headlights. The Activesphere concept has two electric motors with a total combined output of 442 horsepower. They are connected to quattro all-wheel drive, essential for off-road driving. The 100 kWh battery provides a range of over 600 kilometers. Inside, the dashboard and steering wheel retract when the autonomous driving system is activated. Virtual reality headsets are also on board to enjoy content superimposed on the view provided by the large glass surfaces. If the marketing isn’t planned, the Audi Activesphere concept could inspire the brand’s future models, especially in terms of design.

Quentin Gueroult

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