ANOTHER stalwart showing us what the future has in store at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show is Audi and their new Audi A4 Allroad and H-tron Quattro Concept.
Audi tell us that the new A4 allroad quattro “embodies a unique concept.” And seeing that it perfectly combines high driving comfort with off-road qualities, it has obviously come of age as a seasoned crossover.
With its solid-pulling TFSI and choice of five TDI engines, the Audi A4 allroad quattro offers improved performance over the older model and with better efficiency.
The TFSI and TDI engines will produce between 150 and 272 horse power, which is up to 27hp more than in the previous model, and is available with either a manual six‑speed gearbox, the new seven-speed ‘S tronic’ or the redesigned eight-speed tiptronic. Of course, quattro all-wheel drive is standard.
The Audi h-tron quattro, however, is a hydrogen-powered concept car with a Tesla-beating range of 372 miles.
The three fuel tanks concealed beneath the passenger and luggage compartments can be reloaded in just four minutes. The fuel cell has an output of up to 110 kW, reinforced by a lithium-ion battery which gives another 100 kW for short, sharp bursts of acceleration.
It will have an estimated top speed of 124 mph and go from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds. Although these aren’t formula 1 speeds, it’s nippy enough for the motorway.