The Audi h-tron Quattro concept can be described as another milestone towards future mobility. Coming from the German automaker, this exquisite SUV was unveiled at the 2016 Detroit Auto Show. It is the first major foray by Audi into the world of hydrogen-powered cars. This eco-car has got stunning looks and is very powerful. The h-tron will offer multiple drivetrain options—including clean, quiet driving; all-wheel-drive grip; as well as a 124 mph top speed.
Audi h-tron Quattro Concept – Design
Design-wise, the new Audi h-tron Quattro concept looks to be a slightly re-mixed version of the Audi e-tron Quattro concept that made its debut the 2015 Frankfurt motor show. Externally, the clearest sign that you are looking at the new Audi h-tron variant is the eye-catching yellow paintwork of the SUV and its new set of turbine style alloy wheels. With regards to it’s built, the SUV lies between the Q5 and also Q7, which makes it a presumed-Q6 model line. However, tThis green car features fussier detailing and proportions (16.0 ft long by 6.3 ft wide and just 5.1 ft high) that are similar to those of the Prologue concept variant shown in 2014.
The exterior design of the 5-door technology study blends aerodynamics with aesthetic appeal. Its silhouette with the extremely flat greenhouse which tapers strongly toward its rear lends the SUV the dynamic character of a coupé. It sports 22” wheels and the air-suspension system found in Q7. The h-tron also explores the future lighting-idioms from Audi, with a mix of organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and matrix LED for headlights.
The interior of the h-tron Quattro concept has got a light, open feel to it; the architecture fuses harmoniously with the display and operating concept. The package of the h-tron SUV enables a spacious, and comfy interior for 4 persons, in addition to 500 liters (17.7 cu-ft) of luggage. The intelligent software offers assistance when loading up: 2 small-sensors scan the luggage items and display the optimal loading order on a monitor screen mounted on the rear cutout. Also, the 3 large displays in front of the driver have been designed using OLED-technology – their wafer thin films can take on virtually any shape. Besides, there are 2 touch displays as well as the central Audi virtual cockpit-curved OLED. The driver can control lights and systems for piloted-driving using the left one. The steering wheel, which serves as a further control-level, has spokes equipped with contoured touch-surfaces.
There is also a selector lever for the driving mode which is mounted upon the center tunnel’s console. There are 2 further OLED displays (the front one offers gesture controls) in front of it – for the air conditioning, the drive status, and for freely-programmable information functions. The curved displays in the front doors section serve as digital-exterior mirrors. The 2-rear passengers sit on comfy individual seats. However, they are able to share data with the driver via the Audi tablets. The tablets again have OLED-displays. They are designed as a mobile rear-seat entertainment system.
Audi h-tron Quattro Concept – Environment-Friendly Vehicle
High range, swift refueling, sporty-road performance: The Audi h‑tron Quattro concept can boast all such virtues. The green car features a highly efficient fuel cell with a power output capacity of up to 110 kW. Ideally complementing the fuel-cell is a powerful battery which can provide a temporary boost of another 100 kW.
This highly advanced fuel-cell technology developed by Audi has paved the way for sustainable mobility. Besides reducing the weight, the lighter materials also improve performance, responsiveness, efficiency, and service life. The fuel cell has an efficiency rating in excess of 60% and currently surpasses any combustion engine. The “stack” is housed in the forward structure and comprises of 330 individual cells. At a 700 bar pressure, these cells store adequate hydrogen for a range of up to 372.8 miles (600 kilometers).
The eco-SUV can be refueled fully with hydrogen in around 4 minutes. Hence, the 5-seat h-tron Quattro concept runs on about 1 kilogram of hydrogen for every 62 miles (100 kilometers). With total system torque rated at 550 Nm (405.7 lb‑ft), the Audi h-tron Quattro concept can accelerate from 0 to 62.1 mph (100 km/h) in under 7 seconds; the top speed is electronically governed at 124 mph (200 km/h). Its drivetrain produces 282 hp maximums – fuel cell nominally delivers 148hp while the supplemental lithium-ion battery pack delivers an additional 134 hp.
Audi h-tron Quattro Concept – Release Date and Price
There has not been any official info with regards to the production of the Audi h-tron Quattro concept. However, the car is anticipated to be part of the Q6 segment. It is likely to reach production around 2020, around 2 years after the e-tron. Expect, the most complex hydrogen-technology of the Audi h-tron to push prices beyond $70,000.