Audi h-tron quattro concept

Detroit 2016: Audi reveals hydrogen-powered h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro conceptAudi has revealed the h-tron quattro concept at the 2016 Detroit Motor Show – a hydrogen fuel cell SUV that could go into production in 2020.

Audi’s flashier, more stylish alternative to the Toyota Mirai, the h-tron quattro combines a 150hp fuel cell with a battery capable of a temporary 135hp power boost.

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Combine the two and you have 0-62mph in under 7.0 seconds; Audi’s also revealing ‘electrified quattro’ on the h-tron quattro concept, courtesy of two electric motors front and rear.

The front axle motor produces 122hp, the rear puts out a heftier 190hp.

And despite being a sporty SUV, Audi says the hydrogen tanks’ capacity and its overall efficiency gives a range of over 370 miles. Refuelling the hydrogen tanks takes less than four minutes.

What is the Audi h-tron?

The h-tron is believed to be showcasing Audi’s latest-generation fuel cell architecture, although it is not clear whether any production version would be a bespoke model or a more conventional model converted to a fuel cell.

We err towards the former; the h-tron quattro concept is a hydrogen version of the ‘Q6’ e-tron quattro concept shown at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show; that Tesla-rivalling SUV is rumoured to be going on sale in 2018.

Audi h-tron quattro concept_interior

What about the interior? We saw a showcase of Audi’s next-gen, touchscreen-packed cockpit at CES 2016 last week and the h-tron suggests it’s a goer: it’s all but identical.

Expect to see a layout like this come to market first on the 2017 replacement for Audi’s A8 limo.

New Audi A4 allroad

Audi A4 allroad quattro

Also at the Detroit Motor Show, Audi is showing the latest A4 allroad. 34mm higher than the regular A4 Avant, it has quattro as standard and sports the familiar ‘tough’ allroad look.

Audi’s offering it with engines producing up to 272hp. Inevitably, it’s loaded with technology, including the Audi virtual cockpit as standard.

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