Audi reveals Allroad Shooting Brake concept

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The trend for mixing body shapes, messing with ride heights and conjuring up strange hybrid models is nothing new to modern day manufacturers.

In fact, you only have to pop down to your local new car showroom to be presented with sporty estates, city car-sized SUVs and pumped-up hatchbacks.

Even premium brands like Audi aren't afraid to mess with the status quo as the marque's new Allroad Shooting Brake concept quite clearly points out.

The model blends the rugged, off-road addenda of its allroad models with the futuristic city car styling of its upcoming A3 e-tron – plus, there's a little hint of shooting brake with regards to the overall length of the model.

"The show car combines sex appeal, highly efficient e-tron-quattro technology that produces 300 kW of power yet only consumes 1.9 l/100 km of fuel (equating to 149 UK mpg) and cutting-edge electronic applications," says Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of AUDI AG, Technical Development.

"We are offering very concrete glimpses of the near future in this show car."

Powered by a 2.0-litre TFSI engine and twin electric motors, the hybrid machine produces an impressive 402bhp when both power sources are called upon. Top speed will likely be limited to 155mph but the 0-62mph dash could take as little as 4.5 seconds.

The performance figures are surprising considering the concept appears to be just another family-transporting estate but things get even more interesting when you look at fuel economy and emissions. Audi claims an emission rating of just 45g/km CO2 while returning 123.8mpg.

Autocar believes the concept "closely previews the exterior of the new Audi TT, as well as hinting that Audi may have finally given the green light to a two-door shooting brake version of the TT."

The vehicle will be on display at the Detroit motor show throughout the week.

Audi Allroad Shooting Brake

Audi Allroad Shooting Brake