As the fourth model in the series. Now the Audi activesphere concept marks the culmination of sphere concept vehicles. All brought forth by Audi. For this Sportback rear of the activesphere can turn into an open cargo bed (“active back”). All at the touch of a button. That’s perfect for carrying recreational equipment such as e-bikes.
The concept car was conceived and designed at the Audi Design Studio in Malibu. That’s just a stone’s throw away from the Pacific Coast Highway. You know, that legendary coastal road.
For studio manager Gael Buzyn also and his team are the creative minds behind the project.
Another new variation of the all-road theme. For the Audi activesphere concept features dark, high-gloss paint. It’s finished in Arctic Teal on the front and rear as well as underneath the doors in the side area, plus matte surfaces that visually juxtapose the floor assembly and cabin. Metal strips with slightly offset vertical studs, arranged parallel to one another, are integrated here. These elements deploy when the ground clearance is increased, visualizing the off-road mode.
As with its relative, the Audi grandsphere concept, the doors of the Audi activesphere, which are attached to the A- and C-pillars at the front and rear, open in opposite directions; there is no B-pillar here either. This innovation means the entire interior space opens up to passengers as soon as they get into the car.
In the activesphere, this signature is now varied. All for on-road and off-road driving modes. I mean each have their own variant. Daytime running lights and rear lights use ultra-fine micro-LED technology. All for even greater precision and contrast.
Sportback and active back – variable rear architecture
The Audi activesphere concept is a crosser of boundaries. All which means it is a master of metamorphosis. Its rear section in particular reflects the active lifestyle of its customers. It makes it possible to transport even bulky sports gear. All without sacrificing. Especially between the elegance and sportiness of the Sportback silhouette.
Prioritized interior – people-focused
“Sphere” sets the tone. For the common name component of the Audi:
and now also the activesphere.
For it all alludes to the interior.
Functional and minimalist – the interior
The four individual seats are suspended. Just like extensions of the high, full-length center console.
They also appear so light as to float. I mean they maintain the balance. All between automotive function and the elegance of a lounge chair.
When the Audi activesphere concept is driving in autonomous mode, the dashboard, steering wheel, and pedals disappear.
All into an invisible position.
The dashboard itself works like a xlarge soundbar (through the wood lammels). As well as a smart, full width airvent. That’s in both the deployed and stowed position.
If the driver wants to take over the wheel, the dashboard, along with the steering wheel, swivels out from its flush position below the windshield – each driver can adjust the ideal ergonomic position individually. The MMI touchless controls in the doors are always accessible to the eye and the hand,for example to control windows and seat adjustments.
Audi dimensions – traversing worlds
In the early days, VR goggles were limited to depicting a virtual reality without any real-world elements. However, technology evolved into augmented reality. Now the real world is superimposed with virtual content. Mixed reality is now able to depict virtual content with spatial reference to the real world. All in three dimensions. There’s no doubt about it: in the future, mixed reality will take the possibilities of AR head-up displays. All to a whole new level in terms of flexibility, precision, and displayable content.
The tidy, spacious interior of the Audi activesphere no longer has to take a back seat to the function of keyboards and scale batteries.
However, the possibilities of this technology are by no means exhausted.
In off-road mode, for example, high-resolution 3D topography graphics can be projected onto the real landscape and information on navigation and the destination can be displayed. Traffic safety information, i.e., alerts for traffic jams or slippery roads, can also be used here.
Depending on their needs and tasks, passengers and drivers are provided with very individual content in their respective mixed reality headset. With the driver concentrating on steering while active behind the wheel, passengers can begin looking into and even preparing activities at the destination.
Information about the car itself, the battery range, and the nearest charging stations can also be accessed inside and outside the vehicle.
PPE – customized drive technology
Due to its dimensions and performance level, the Audi activesphere concept lends itself to the use of Audi’s most innovative electric drive system: the Premium Platform Electric, or PPE for short.
In addition, the key element of the future PPE fleet is a battery module between the axles. All in the Audi activesphere concept. For it holds around 100 kWh of energy. Using the entire car width between the axles makes it possible to achieve a relatively flat layout for the battery.
Electric motors on the front and rear axles of the all-wheel drive Audi activesphere concept. That’s together deliver a total output of 325 kW and a system torque of 720 Newton meters. The front and rear wheels are connected via a five-link axle. The concept car features Audi adaptive air suspension with adaptive dampers.
Fast charging with 800 volts
In addition, the PPE technology enables charging times that come close to a conventional refueling stop for a combustion engine car. Just 10 minutes is also sufficient time to take enough energy on board to power the car for more than 300 kilometers.
In conclusion, and in less than 25 minutes, the 100 kWh battery charges from 5 to 80 percent. Together with its range of well over 600 kilometers, the Audi activesphere thus positions itself as unconditionally suitable for long distances, when need be.
Source: Audi Press