All-new Audi Urbansphere concept previews future of urban mobilityApr 21th, 2022
Audi continued to show us a glimpse of the models we can expect in the future earlier this month by releasing the all-new Audi Urbansphere concept. The new Urbansphere concept unveiled in Ingolstadt Germany follows the Skysphere and Grandsphere prototypes unveiled in the last few months.
The Audi Urbansphere is a first look at the Audi family vehicle of the future. The goal of the Urbansphere prototype is to develop a cabine layout and various technologies that would appeal to urban drivers who live their lives mostly in the city. In that environment, personal space can be in short supply and the vast, spacious cabin inside the Urbansphere is designed to give passengers a sense of freedom and openness.
In simple terms, the Audi Urbansphere has the most welcoming and largest interior of any Audi Model unveiled to date.
Like the other two Audi “sphere” concepts introduced recently, that Urbansphere features level 4 autonomous driving capability which means that there is no steering wheel or pedals or displays. The driver will theoretically be allowed to control the vehicle and in such a driving mode the steering wheel and pedals will appear, but the user will also have the option of letting the car handle driving duties.
The Audi Urbansphere stretch is 5.51 metres long and measures 2 metres wide. It is longer than the current Audi Q7 and it also has more interior space. There are only two rows of seats and 4 places inside and the Urbansphere, which creates an added sense of interior versatility. The backrests of the seats can be tilted up to 60 degrees with leg rests that extend to create a very comfortable seating area. You can also turn the seats which can swivel in order to create a meeting lounge or a more personal experience with your passengers.
In terms of performance, the Audi Urbansphere is built on the Premium Platform Electric frame which is reserved exclusively for electric vehicles. There is a 120-kWh flat battery pack under the floor with 2 electric motors that deliver a total output of nearly 400 HP with 510 pound-feet of torque. This translates into nearly seven hundred and fifty kilometres of range.
We don’t think that we will see the Audi Urbansphere on the market any time soon, but what this concept does tell us is that Audi is already planning ahead to develop versatile and spacious vehicles that put the emphasis on passenger comfort.