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Audi Prologue Avant Concept Fully Revealed Ahead of Geneva

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/25/2015 Karla Sanchez

Audi has spared us from waiting until the 2015 Geneva motor show to learn all about the Prologue Avant concept, as the German automaker has dished out everything we need to know about the sexy shooting brake ahead of its grand debut.

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Compared to the two-door Audi Prologue coupe concept shown at the 2014 Los Angeles auto show in November, the new Prologue Avant concept is a little larger with an elongated body that measures 16.8 feet, and a wheelbase that measures 120 inches or 3 inches shy of the long-wheelbase A8. Like the coupe, the wagon also keeps a low profile with a 4.6-feet height and 6.5-feet width. As far as exterior looks go, the Avant Prologue sports a slightly different look compared to its two-door counterpart. Up front, the wagon's wide polygonal grille looks the same, but unlike the coupe, the wagon features much wider air inlets that are accentuated with a lighting effect. Meanwhile, the angular headlights pointing in toward the front grille help light the way thanks to Audi's high-resolution Matrix Laser technology.

Audi Prologue Avant Concept Rear View© Provided by MotorTrend Audi Prologue Avant Concept Rear View

A low roofline with short windows and flat D-pillars gives the Prologue Avant a "chopped" look, while large, 22-inch wheels shod with 285/30-size tires come to a stop with help from 20-inch carbon fiber ceramic brake discs. The rear window is topped by a spoiler, and slopes down toward the trunk at a nearly 45-degree angle. Audi says the wagon's rear is like a yacht, in that it leans forward in the direction of travel. Similar to the coupe, the wagon's rear lights also stretch across the entire trunk lid, and because of its glass structure, the lights appear to switch between 2D and 3D effects when active and inactive.

The similarities between the two Prologue concepts continue inside, where physical buttons are replaced with several OLED touchscreens filling the dashboard, center stack, instrument cluster, and rear seats. The primary touchscreen on the center console can be used to adjust air conditioning, enter text, or share media like music playlists. The Audi tablets attached to the back of the front seats are like the ones in the Q7, and can still functional even when taken out of the car.Audi also boasts its new "butler" software, which recognizes passengers by their smartphones and adjusts seat settings and climate the way they usually like it. A tall, wide center console tunnel runs the length of the interior, which is dominated by brown leather, Alcantara, blue trim, and dark ash wood veneers.

Audi Prologue Avant Concept Interior© Provided by MotorTrend Audi Prologue Avant Concept Interior

Underneath the long hood, the Prologue Avant houses a powertrain similar to the one in the Q7 e-tron Quattro, but with more power. The 3.0-liter TDI turbodiesel engine makes 353 hp, but when working with the electric motor, the two produce a total output of 455 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. With this amount of power, Audi claims the big Prologue Avant can go from 0-62 mph in 5.1 seconds. Top speed is pegged at 155 mph, while driving in pure electric mode will allow the wagon to travel 33.6 miles. While the plug-in port is located on the left side of the car, the concept also boasts wireless charging technology in which a floor plate feeds energy to the battery.

Audi Prologue Avant Concept Front View© Provided by MotorTrend Audi Prologue Avant Concept Front View

Audi says its Prologue concepts show the new design language that will debut on the next A6, A7, and A8, though we hope the wagon variant previews a future A6 Avant model.

We'll have to wait and see if Audi drops any hints at the upcoming 2015 Geneva motor show, where the Prologue Avant concept will make its official debut.

Source: Audi

Audi Prologue Avant Concept Front Side View© Provided by MotorTrend Audi Prologue Avant Concept Front Side View
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