The Audi of the future will be strange!

The builder at the Rings is preparing to unveil three particularly original concepts. A Coupé, a sedan and an SUV. Each is intended for a specific use and is almost a caricature of an automotive segment.

Audi has not yet revealed everything about them, but we already know a lot of things nonetheless concerning the three concepts that will be unveiled soon. We owe this in part to Hernik Wenders, Audi’s head of sales, who posted on Linkedin some sketches of the manufacturer’s next project at the Rings. The Sphere project brings together three models, intended to “reinvent mobility as we see it today”.

Indeed, Sky Sphere, Grand Sphere and Urban Sphere are three electric and autonomous vehicles. It is therefore easy to understand that designers have therefore had all the latitude necessary to imagine revolutionary vehicles. No need for a long hood to fit a heat engine. Even less driving position. Both the exterior design and the interior environment have thus been completely redesigned to offer a new travel experience.

Sky Sphere

Sky Sphere : grand méchant look

Sky Sphere is perhaps the most daring of the concepts announced. It will also be unveiled next August during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. One could believe in a vehicle belonging to the wolf of Tex Avery as its proportions are impressive. It’s actually a huge fastback Coupé, with an endless hood and a very elusive roofline. The neo-retro spirit is clearly there. But we are especially surprised by the size of the hood, which however does not house any heat engine. In fact, we are especially surprised by the disturbing resemblance to the Maybach Vision 6 concept presented by Mercedes in 2016 at Peeble Beach precisely. This was offered in Coupé and Cabriolet.

Grand Sphere

Grand Sphere: luxury according to Audi

Add a little pencil stroke to the Coupe’s design and you have the expected second concept, the Grand Sphere sedan. Obviously, the point is deliberately exaggerated because the two concepts will be very different in reality. The sedan should have an advanced driving position offering much more roominess in particular. This time, we are surprised not to find any of the usual stylistic codes of the Anneaux brand. Difficult to integrate such a model alongside an e-tron GT in particular. In short, this concept will be unveiled at the beginning of September at the IIAA Mobility exhibition in Munich.

Urban Sphere

Urban Sphere: the family city car

This time we find much more logical proportions for this third city concept called Urban Sphere. With a very short hood and a very spacious interior, this powerful and dynamic SUV is exactly what you would expect from an autonomous vehicle. But once again, the design is more reminiscent of a Renault Avantime than an Audi Q7 (in the end, Matra was a visionary and the Avantime well deserved its name!). There are rumors that this concept could be presented next year in Shanghai.

Verdict ?

It is not excluded that Audi presents these three concepts together next September at the Munich Motor Show. On the other hand, the manufacturer has confirmed that these Sphere concepts have no future in production. They will therefore not lead to production models. They simply represent avenues for reflection towards other models to come. We understand … It would have been surprising for a brand so conservative that Audi made such a stylistic revolution. And a priori we do not really see harmony between the models elsewhere. But it’s a bit of a shame, isn’t it?

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