The car has been unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show
Four-wheel steering is fitted
Next-generation adaptive air suspension allows the ride height to be adjusted
It's hard to ignore design similarities between this and the Italdesign Giugiaro Parcour
The car has a wheelbase of 2710mm
The car is described as a dynamic sculpture on large wheels
Luggage can be stored in the front of the car
The rear has a clamshell design to improve maintenance access
The Nanuk is powered by a 544bhp 5.0-litre V10 TDI engine
The diesel engine produces a substantial 738lb ft of torque
The 0-62mph sprint is claimed to be completed in just 3.8sec; the Nanuk's top speed is 189.52mph
The crossover concept is stated to combine Audi's off-road and on-road expertise
Audi's twin-turbo V10 diesel is reputed to be capable of averaging 36mpg
Power is sent to all four wheels via Audi's quattro system
The Nanuk, which weighs around 1900kg, rides on 22-inch wheels
The car has been designed in collaboration with Italdesign Giugiaro
The Audi Nanuk, which claims on- and off-road ability, has been produced in collaboration with Italdesign Giugiaro and is the spiritual successor to the ItalDesign Giugiaro Parcour. It is powered by a newly-developed 5.0-litre V10 TDI engine mounted midships and longitudinally.
Audi claims peak torque is developed at 1500rpm and power is transferred to all four wheels via a “beefed-up” 7-spd S tronic gearbox and the manufacturer's quattro system. The 1900kg Nanuk is consequently capable of reaching 62mph in 3.8sec and reputed to average 36.2mpg.
Next-generation adaptive air suspension allows the ride height to be adjusted by up to 70mm, and the level of the body can also be controlled based on speed and route data provided by the navigation system. The Nanuk features 22in wheels with 235/50 and 295/45 tyres front and rear and carbon ceramic brakes.
Four-wheel steering is fitted, allowing the rear wheels to turn in the opposite direction at low speeds to aid manoeuvrability. At higher speeds the rear wheels turn in the same direction, improving stabililty.
Audi's Nanuk concept has a 2710mm wheelbase and measures 4541mm long, 1990mm wide and 1337mm high. The car is based around an aluminium space frame and the body panels are constructed from carbonfibre reinforced polymer (CFRP).
The car is described by Audi as a “dynamic sculpture on large wheels that opens a new chapter in the Audi design language”. Key design features include a flatter version of Audi’s hexagonal grille and daytime running lights that double as indicators. The car features vertical fins across its intakes, and is features a new take on the side blade fitted to the current R8.
To improve maintenance access, the entire rear of the car’s bodywork is a single-piece clamshell. Luggage can be stowed in the front.
Audi describes the Nanuk's interior as being “reduced to the essentials”. All controls are based around the centre console and it offers inductive mobile phone charging. The instrument cluster is fully programmable and monitors in the A-pillars serve as rear-view mirrors. A similar arrangement is employed for the rear view mirror.
Click here for more Frankfurt motor show news.