It seems as if Audi isn’t done with its electric offensive. Just yesterday, we learned that Audi is planning on entering each and every automotive segment with an electric offering. We may see two hints of those future visions at the upcoming Shanghai and Franfurt Motor Shows, respectively.
According to this new report from Autocar, the four-ringed brand is planning on unveiling two new electric concept cars at those shows in the near future. Though, don’t expect them to be production-ready concepts, like the Q4 e-tron that recently debuted. These will be far-out visions for the future, like the Aicon Concept.
“We have concept cars such as the Q4 e-tron that are, more or less, production-ready, and then we have the opposite, cars that are 10 or 15 years ahead, like the Aicon. There will be one in Shanghai and another one in Frankfurt.” Audi design boss Marc Lichte recently told Autocar.
What will these concepts be, exactly? “In Shanghai, there will be a vision for a battery electric vehicle of 10 years’ time. But it will also show what the broader next step for design [at Audi] will be.” said Lichte.
Ten years’ time is far away, so don’t expect it to look anything like we’ve seen from Audi e-tron before. For instance, Lichte claims that the Q4 e-tron represents a design language for three years out.
This far-out , ten-year-away concept will be the one we see first, as the Shanghai Motor Show is just under a month away. And it will be very futuristic, even showing off how interior design can change with the future of the automobile. “Today, we are talking about Level 3 autonomy, but in this car, there will be Level 4, and this will change the interior a lot. This car will give you an idea what an interior with or without a steering wheel can look like.” he said.