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Audi Prologue concept shows off new design and style flair

Audi previewed what its future cars may look like with the unveiling of the Prologue concept at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The sedan sports a wider grill and sits lower than its Audi’s current models such as the A8 coupe, accented with headlights equipped with the company’s signature Matrix Beam LED technology and a new lighting graphic.

The Prologue concept is larger than the A8 and weighs 4,365 pounds despite a lightweight aluminum and steel powertrain. It’s powered by a 4.0-liter V8 generating 605 horsepower and 553 lb./ft. of torque that enables the car to sprint from zero to 62 mph in 3.7 seconds. The quattro drive controlled by an eight-speed automatic transmission distributes power to all four wheels while four-wheel steering and new five-link suspension make for a smoother ride.

The Prologue’s interior signifies “a new design direction for Audi,” according to Digital Trends, and is an extension of the Virtual Cockpit layout from the 2016 TT. There is a display screen in lieu of traditional gauges and infotainment system. The front passenger has control of the entire dashboard as a touchscreen, able to look up directions and send them over the driver’s screen by swiping. The in-car technology is powered by a 48-volt subsystem that channels braking energy.

The concept is not likely to enter production but the technology and some of its features will probably be adapted into a production Audi – an A9 possibly – that would compete in the luxury sedan category with Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.