Weekend warriors, your city-friendly dream car is here. Audi just unveiled its new Allroad Shooting Brake Concept at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, and it's a compact plug-in hybrid powerhouse that combines the automaker's rough and ready Allroad styling with an efficient e-tron powertrain. The Allroad Shooting Brake is a two-door off-road crossover (basically a slightly extended hatchback) that pairs a 2.0-liter four cylinder turbocharged engine with two axle-mounted electric motors for a total of 402 horsepower (300 kW) and 479.42 pounds-feet of torque. The vehicle can jump from 0-62 MPH in 4.6 seconds and has a top speed of 155 mph - yet it manages an impressive US fuel efficiency rating of 130 MPG and a maximum range of 510 miles.
Audi’s Allroad Shooting Brake Concept is designed to handle “light off-road conditions,” and as such it features a slightly raised suspension and large 19-inch wheels made from lightweight carbon fiber-reinforced polymer. An e-quattro all-wheel drive system gives the vehicle enough traction to take to the trail, and the four-seater hatchback provides room for weekend pursuits with a body that measures 165 inches long, 72 inches wide and 55 inches tall.
The Allroad Shooting Brake’s turbocharged TFSI engine is backed by twin electric motors and an 8.8-kWh lithium ion battery that gives the car an all-electric range of 31 miles – enough for a short commute or trips around town. The rear axle electric motor provides 199 pounds per feet of torque and shoulders most of the burden of low-speed driving. Audi also packed several of its newer technologies into the concept – including Matrix Beam laser headlights and a 12.3-inch thin-film transistor screen that displays vital info about the car. Audi board member Ulrich Hackenberg says that the Allroad Shooting Brake represents a “a concrete look into the near future,” so look for its styling and design cues to be represented in future models.