Audi keeps rolling out different versions of their Audi Prologue concept to show the world what their designs will look like in the coming years. First there was the coupe, then the Avant wagon, and now the Allroad crossover gets its turn for the Shanghai Motor Show. I like what I’m seeing.

I can’t say I’ve ever been a huge fan of the Audi Allroad models. To me they’ve always seemed like a crass, superficial attempt to get Americans into wagons and hatchbacks by adding a few inches of ride height and some plastic body cladding. You can’t deny that this approach sells cars, though, and Audi was one of the first to pull it off.

This Allroad, however, is an Allroad I can get behind. For a “crossover,” it’s still pretty low and wide and sleek. The proportions from the Prologue Avant concept carry over pretty well to this thing, even with 22-inch wheels added.

The concept, which I assume is a real driveable car like the Prologue coupe was, is running a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 mated to a hybrid electric motor system that produces a combined 734 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Does this concept really have that much power? Probably not, but it shows where Audi’s head is at.


All of the Prologue concepts have been impressive so far. I look forward to seeing this design language on actual, production Audis sometime in the next few years.


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