8:35-9:00 am EST – Audi
Audi staged the world premiere of its Audi A4 allroad quattro as well as the Audi h-tron quattro concept at the 2016 North American International Auto Show here, and showed its new A4 sedan to its widest U.S. audience yet.
The new A4 allroad quattro demonstrated a sharper design, with what Audi called a “striking” front end and a “typical allroad look.” The car’s all-wheel-drive and a slight gain in ground clearance, Audi said, lend the car a versatility unprecedented for the A4 lineup.
Audi joined the global fuel-cell derby with its introduction of the Audi h-tron quattro concept. The Volkswagen-owned luxury brand has been stepping up its introduction of electrified vehicles, and now the h-tron represents Audi’s step into state of the art hydrogen power.
H-tron delivers up to 110kW plus a battery provides a temporary boost of up to another 100kW. Two electric motors on the front and rear axles represent a new evolutionary level of quattro drive – the electrified quattro, Audi said.
The electric motor on the front axle develops 90 kW, and its rear counterpart 140 kW. The sporty SUV accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in under seven seconds. Its hydrogen tanks can be refueled safely and easily in around four minutes; a range of up to 600 kilometers is possible.
Audi said that the h-tron quattro concept also provides a foretaste of the technologies for piloted driving and parking that will go into production in 2017 with the next generation of the Audi A8 full-size sedan.
The new A4 sedan represents the next evolution of one of the most important Audi nameplates and a long-time staple of its lineup. The new model includes improvements in weight, aerodynamics, acoustic comfort, storage space, connectivity and driver-assistance systems.