Design boss Marc Lichte confirmed the two to Autocar: “We have concept cars such as the Q4 e-tron that are, more or less, production-ready, and then we have the opposite, cars that are 10 or 15 years ahead, like the Aicon. There will be one in Shanghai and another one in Frankfurt.
Lichte explained that the E-tron GT and Q4 e-tron demonstrate the next generation of design, which will arrive in three years’ time. But the concept at Shanghai show in April will preview the next step beyond that.
“In Shanghai, there will be a vision for a battery electric vehicle of 10 years’ time. But it will also show what the broader next step for design [at Audi] will be.”
The concept will also demonstrate how interior will change in the future “Today, we are talking about Level 3 autonomy, but in this car, there will be Level 4, and this will change the interior a lot. This car will give you an idea what an interior with or without a steering wheel can look like.”