Audi has managed to combine elements of several models for the fourth and final entry in its Sphere concept car series.

Unveiled Thursday, the new Audi Activesphere concept is a crossover with a coupe-like body that integrates the bed and tailgate at the rear.

Designed for an active lifestyle, the concept features high ground clearance and underbody protection to ensure it can handle rough terrain, as well as storage solutions such as beds and roof-mounted ski racks to Bring all required gear.

Audi Activesphere Concept

Strip away some of the off-road gear, and the Activesphere’s sleek fastback silhouette would be the sexy next-gen A7, which probably isn’t far-fetched since the Activesphere is the same 196-inch length as the current A7.

A standout element of the design is the clear glass front, which includes windows in the shape of Audi’s traditional grille. By keeping this section unobstructed, occupants have an unobstructed view through the front trunk and the road ahead.

The occupants also have headsets that provide an augmented reality experience. The headset shows the wearer the real environment while overlaying additional information with 3D graphics. Information is configured differently for the driver and passenger, since the driver primarily gets driving-related information. The wearer can also interact with the information displayed in the headset by controlling the touch-sensitive area of ​​the cabin.

Audi Activesphere Concept

Audi Activesphere Concept

Audi Activesphere Concept

Audi Activesphere Concept

Audi Activesphere Concept

Audi Activesphere Concept

Activesphere joins the previous concepts of Grandsphere, Skysphere and Urbansphere. Other models include fastback sedan, sports car and minivan body styles.

All of these concepts are electric vehicles based on Volkswagen Group’s PPE platform, which Audi will first use in its new Q6 E-Tron compact crossover due in 2023 or early next year. For the Activesphere, the platform features a 100-kilowatt-hour battery and up to 270-kilowatt charging capability. According to Audi, it takes about 25 minutes to charge from 5 percent to 80 percent.

The Sphere concept car also features self-driving features, giving drivers the option to drive on the go or sit back and relax. In Activesphere, when the car goes into autonomous mode, the dashboard, steering wheel and pedals all fold away.

Audi Activesphere Concept

Audi Activesphere Concept

The Sphere concept was developed by Audi’s Artemis skunkworks team, which was formed in 2020 to help accelerate vehicle development in an attempt to compete with nimbler startups in the EV race. Artemis’ responsibilities are significantly scaled back in 2021, but at least one vehicle it’s developing is expected to enter production around the middle of this decade. The vehicle is expected to be a production version of the Grandsphere, which is rumored to serve as a replacement for the A8, although given the current craze for crossovers, the Activesphere could be the one to get the go-ahead.

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