Following Autocar's scoop pics of an all-new Audi city car on Monday, Audi has released a series of official sketches depicting an urban concept car that is set to be unveiled at next month’s Frankfurt motor show as part of a new city mobility project.
The new two-seater, referred to simply as the Audi Urban Concept, brings together contemporary design, construction, packaging and driveline ideas on a compact city runabout reminiscent of the Messerschmitt Kabinenroller.
The Urban Concept is based around a central carbonfibre monocoque, which supports four individual 21-inch wheels mounted outboard and covered by complex cycle guards. But in a move aimed at quashing rumours that it is based around the same structure as parent company Volkswagen’s similarly conceived XL1, Audi says the new car is “not based on any previous model”.
The exterior styling combines various elements of Audi’s current design language, including a prominent single-frame grille, trapezoidal-shaped headlamps and a ‘tornado’ line beneath the glasshouse, with new aero industry-inspired cues, including a pillarless wraparound windscreen.
Entry is via a jet fighter-like canopy that slides towards the rear. The canopy forms part of the body sides, but Audi’s official sketches reveal that there is a high sill to negotiate.
Inside, there is space for two on low-set, slightly staggered seats in a layout that Audi describes as 1+1. Although spartan in appearance, the interior is constructed from high-quality materials, including carbonfibre and aluminium.
The dashboard, shaped like an aeroplane wing, appears to form an integral part of the structure and supports a square steering wheel and pedals that can be adjusted to suit.