Audi’s Urbansphere: personal space for Chinese mega-cities

After the Grandsphere luxury limo and Skysphere grand tourer, Audi has unveiled its third vision of the future’s electric car. The Urbansphere has been specially designed for traffic-dense Chinese megacities, emphasizing interior and personal space. The concept benefits from 400 hp, four-wheel-drive, 270 kW fast charging, and level 4 autonomous drive based on the PPE platform.

“To meet the demands of our Chinese customers, Audi’s design studios in Beijing and Ingolstadt worked together closely to jointly develop the Audi Urbansphere concept car. For the first time, potential customers in China could also take part in the development process”, says Markus Duesmann, Chairman of the Board Management at Audi and responsible for the Chinese market.

Inside out

According to the brand, the new Urbansphere concept has been designed inside out, meaning that Audi put priority on the interior. Thanks to a 3,4-meter-long wheelbase and a completely flat floor, the concept offers ample interior space.

Designed around passengers, four people can take place in what resembles more a lounge chair than a conventional car seat. The rear seats feature Relax or Entertain modes where the backrests can be tilted up to 60 degrees. An enormous transparent OLED screen that pivots from the roof sits between the two rows to provide good entertainment.

The Urbansphere blends automotive and interior architecture elements all around the interior, offering an open and expansive space. Audi calls it a “one-of-a-kind space.” At the front, the steering wheel, pedals, and instruments cluster can be hidden in the dashboard during automated driving.

Level 4 and 800 volts

On automated driving, the Urbansphere features level 4 autonomy, as the Grandsphere luxury limo and Skysphere grand tourer. Based on the PPE platform jointly developed with Porsche, the 5,5-meter-long machine benefits from the 800 volts architecture. This ensures that the battery can be fast-charged at up to 270 kW, bringing it from 5 to 80% in less than 25 minutes.

Underneath the floor sits a 120 kWh battery, which gives the Urbansphere concept an excepted WLTP range of 750 km. It powers two electric motors giving it quattro four-wheel-drive and 295 kW (400 hp), and 690 Nm of torque.

Space and lights

From afar, the Urbansphere concept could be perceived as the Audi A2’s spiritual successor with its short overhangs, small bonnet, and tall silhouette. A large and flat windscreen emphasizes the wedge shape.

At the front, the signature Audi Singleframe grill has been transformed into a light element, nicknamed Audi Light Canvas. It can be used for communication with dynamic lights effects signaling acceleration, direction changes, or danger to improve road safety.

 

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