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2012 Paris: Audi Q2 Previewed with Crosslane Coupe Plug-In Hybrid Concept

Audi says its Crosslane Coupe concept merely previews future design and technology ideas, yet we know that it’s actually our first glimpse at the Q2 crossover due next year. The new Q2, however, will probably incorporate some of the clever styling and efficiency strategies shown in the Paris show car.

The Audi Q2 will probably use a shortened version of the new MLB platform that will underpin Audi’s other new cars and SUVs — including the next A4, A6, Q5, and Q7. The stubby model will fit in price- and size-wise below the Audi Q3, and is being touted to fight the likes of the Mini Countryman, and even the Nissan Juke.

Audi Crosslane Coupe concept interior 1 300×187 imageThe Crosslane Coupe previews the design of the Q2 with incredibly skinny headlights (which are expected to show up in future Audis), a deep hexagonal grille, a sharp character crease running between the front and rear fenders, and a steeply raked rear windshield. The car has no B-pillar, allowing for a large expanse of glass between the angled windshield and thick C-pillar. It’s a sporty three-door design that looks like a mix of the styling seen in the A1 and A3 cars, and the Q5 crossover.

The big news under the skin is that the concept uses a new Multimaterial Space Frame, which uses an aluminum frame along with carbon-fiber reinforced polymers (CFRP) and glass-fiber reinforced polymers (GFRP). Audi says this combination of materials helps substantially reduce vehicle weight, without costing an inordinate amount compared to other light weight strategies. The Crosslane Coupe concept is said to weigh in at just 3058 pounds, even with the added mass of a complex plug-in hybrid system.

That system consists of a new turbocharged 1.5-liter inline-three engine rated for 128 hp, one electric motor/generator rated for 67 hp, and a traction motor with 114 hp. The second electric motor provides most of the driving motivation at speeds up to 80 mph; above 34 mph, the gasoline engine can also assist by turning the smaller motor and helping charge the 17.4-kWh battery pack. At high speeds, the gas engine takes over primary motivation duties, although the electric motor can assist for extra passing power.


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