Studies and concept vehicles show the way into the future

In this section, we describe selected concept vehicles and studies that we presented in 2012 alongside the numerous series vehicles.

In 2012, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand presented the advanced Cross Coupé concept car, a compact SUV with an innovative four-wheel drive and a plug-in hybrid drive. Its progressive and dynamic presence gives a foretaste of the design of future SUV models. The vehicle has three engines that work together efficiently as a hybrid system: a TDI engine with 140 kW (190 PS) and an electric motor with an output of 40 kW drive the front axle. To run the Cross Coupé in four-wheel drive or solely on electric power, an additional electric motor (85 kW) is activated for the rear axle. The Cross Coupé received the “eCar Award 2012” from readers of “AUTO BILD” and “AUTOTEST” for its winning combination of a powerful design and environmentally friendly drive.

As part of the launch of the new Golf, the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand also presented the new Golf BlueMotion concept car. With an average fuel consumption of 3.2 l of diesel per 100 km and CO2 emissions of only 85 g/km, it is scoring top marks and setting new benchmarks in its vehicle class.

The technology of the Taigun, a compact SUV concept car, is based heavily on the New Small Family. Powered by a new 1.0 l three-cylinder TSI engine with 81 kW (110 PS), the four-seater has an average fuel consumption of approximately 4.5 l per 100 km. Its external appearance is dominated by a practical roof railing system with integrated LED spotlights. The interior features rotating dials in the control panel’s air vents for the first time, which can be used to control the temperature and blower speed as well as to read the settings.

In the design and vehicle and drive concept areas, Audi is showing the way to the future with its crosslane coupé concept study. The combination of technology, construction and design hint at the design language of Audi’s forthcoming Q models. The vehicle concept is entering entirely new territory with its multimaterial space frame – with positive effects on weight, costs and the overall energy balance – and is another evolutionary step for lightweight construction at Audi. An innovative and efficient plug-in hybrid drive, based on a specially developed 1.5 three-cylinder TFSI engine and two electric motors, is setting new benchmarks as it only uses 1.1 l of fuel per 100 km and only emits 26 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

The Audi A6 L e-tron concept, which was designed specifically for the Chinese market, is the first hybrid technology concept for the premium class. The plug-in hybrid features a 2.0 TFSI engine with 155 kW (211 PS) and a 70 kW electric motor and can cover a distance of 80 km running solely on electric power.

The Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo e-hybrid concept car combines the next generation of hybrid drives with new ideas for an evolutionary, sporty body concept. It combines the performance of a Porsche with comprehensive suitability for daily use. The plug-in hybrid drive with an output of up to 306 kW (416 PS) takes the Panamera Sport Turismo from 0 to 100 km/h in less than six seconds. The large central TFT color display allows the driver to call up and display a wide range of information – from the tachometer to driving data and navigation.

Bentley and Lamborghini revealed the potential for additional series at the two brands by showcasing the Bentley EXP 9 F and Lamborghini Urus SUV studies in the reporting period. With their compelling muscular design and powerful drive, the two four-wheel drive models offer completely new interpretations for the vehicle segment.

In 2012, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles showcased an extreme version of the Amarok, the Amarok Canyon. This concept car is significantly taller and wider than the series model and is powered by a high-torque 2.0 TDI biturbo engine with 132 kW/180 PS for maximum offroad performance. The 4MOTION four-wheel drive can be engaged for offroad use.

MAN showcased the Metropolis heavy truck, a hybrid research vehicle that can be powered solely by electricity in urban areas for quiet, emission-free transport and delivery tasks.

In the reporting period, MAN presented the prototypes of the 20V35/44G Otto gas engine, which were developed for stationary use in power plants. The single-charged 10.6 MW engine is the highest performing in its segment. It is extremely effective and complies with all emission limits that are currently known thanks to a large number of innovative technological components.

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