Audi has released a video with the most important moments from the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. The biggest stars are without any doubt the Prologue concept as well as the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro, two very interesting yet different concepts that provide us with a first glance at the company’s upcoming plans.
The Prologue concept signals a new design language from Audi which will be first seen on a production model towards the end of 2016 on the all-new A8. Later on, the A6 and A7 lineups will be influenced by the new styling developed by Marc Lichte who is now Audi’s chief designer. Eventually all models with the four ring logo will get a design derived from the Prologue concept which looks significantly sharper and stylish than what Audi is offering these days.
The other concept being exhibited by Audi at the Los Angeles Auto Show is the A7 Sportback h-tron quattro, a fuel cell vehicle featuring a plug-in hybrid system. The fuel cell system consists of 300 individual fuel cells operating in the 230-360 voltage range, four hydrogen tanks, a coolant pump, a recirculation fan and an air compressor. The plug-in hybrid system has two electric motors and a 8.8 kWh lithium-ion battery taken from the A3 e-tron.
In fuel cell mode, the concept has a maximum range of 500 km (310.7 miles) which can be extended by 50 km (31.1 miles) thanks to the battery pack. Refilling the hydrogen tanks takes about three minutes while recharging the battery is done in two hours from a 360-volt source or double from a 230-volt source.