Design Concept of the Day #2: Audi A2

September 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

It’s Audi A2, Mk 2: like the 1999 original, this four-seater is a lightweight supermini, but this time, it’s all-electric, and it shares much of its underpinnings with the production A1. The A2 concept, to be shown in Frankfurt next week, is 3.8m long, 1.69m wide and 1.49m high, and thus a pretty compact urban runaround; it’s not quite a stripped-down city car, however, with clever touches such as an electro-chromatic glass roof which changes its transparency – like the matrix-beam LED headlights also showcased, a feature likely to make it into Audi’s production vehicles very shortly. These headlights combine LEDs and microreflectors for a high-resolution, low-glare beam; the A2’s LED taillights, meanwhile, adapt according to visibility conditions, and the rear foglight also acts as a projector, emitting a red warning triangle onto the road. Other clever lighting touches include a full-length ‘band’ of light from front to rear, which incorporates turn indicators and emphasises the gesture-controlled door locks, and variable-intensity rear brake lights.

Interior controls include touch-pads on the steering wheel, and cabin space is enhanced by a flat floor and a centre console attached ot the driver’s seat. The rear console extends forwards between the two rear seats and there is under-seat storage plus a two-level load area; a bicycle (with front wheel removed) can fit between the seats. The interior is upholstered in easy-clean polyurethane and neoprene, with the central floor covered in a ribbed-effect recycled polyester; the seat shells are blow-moulded plastic.

There’s no details on the A2’s all-electric powertrain as yet, but this concept is thought to be a clear indication of Audi’s intentions for a production version; conventionally-engined models are also said to be in the plan for the range.

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