Audi urbansphere concept: Is this the future of the city car?
Audi urbansphere concept with gigantic dimensions
Mixture of van and crossover
Surprisingly, the urbansphere doesn’t look that big. In all van and crossover borrowings, the concept is dynamic – with a flat, elongated greenhouse and two-tone paintwork adapted to the lines. An aluminum strip below the actual roof line extends into the roof edge spoiler and makes the car appear flatter.
The front and rear are dominated by illuminated surfaces that are intended to communicate with the environment. At the front, two aluminum clips indicate the typical Audi single-frame element and leave no doubt about the brand affiliation.
The interior is entered through doors that open in opposite directions. Rotating seats – four in number – make it easier to get in, instead of the trunk there is an additional bench seat. But the best seats are in rows one and two. The individual seats can be adjusted umpteen times and driven into a reclining position.
For more privacy, a kind of privacy screen can be extended around the headrest to separate the person sitting next to you. The space available seems endless. Thin roof pillars and huge glass surfaces make the lush interior look even more airy.
Mixture of lounge and office
Autonomous driving at level 4
And who should drive while the passengers relax? The car itself. At least most of the time. The urbansphere should be able to drive autonomously to level 4. Then the steering wheel folds in, freeing up even more space in the interior, and the occupants can concentrate entirely on themselves.
In the study, the displays and fittings are still projected onto a large wooden surface below the windscreen, but in a production version they should then be replaced by screens.
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Audi considers market launch before 2030 possible
According to Audi, a decision on series production has not yet been made. If the reactions are positive, a series version could be realized before 2030. Due to the very specific cut, it should actually only be sold in Asia.