Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, next to the Audi h-tron quattro concept, at the 2016 North American Auto Show in Detroit.

Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG, next to the Audi h-tron quattro concept, at the 2016 North American Auto Show in Detroit.

<strong>Bunch of Guys Who Seem Please </strong>(from left)<strong>:</strong> Captain Eugene Cernan; Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America; Marc Lichte, Head of Design of AUDI AG; Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG and Dr. Stefan Knirsch, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development

Bunch of Guys Who Seem Please (from left): Captain Eugene Cernan; Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America; Marc Lichte, Head of Design of AUDI AG; Prof. Rupert Stadler, Chairman of the Board of Management of AUDI AG and Dr. Stefan Knirsch, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development

As expected, Audi unveiled at the 2016 NAIAS a hydrogen fuel cell concept car - the h-tron quattro concept - in citric yellow.

Of course, this particular model shares a lot with the previously unveiled and scheduled for production in 2018 all-electric Q6 e-tron quattro. (Full details on the EV here)

Audi h-tron quattro concept is all-wheel-drive using two motors (one per axle) for a total of 230 kW of peak power (90 kW front and 140 kW rear). That's enough to accelearate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 7 seconds.

Total range using three hydrogen tanks stands at 600 kilometers (372.8 mi), which isn't that much more than the upcoming high-end all-electric models (e-tron quattro is to be rated at 500 km/310 miles). We should note there is no test cycle information for range on the FCV. The advantage for hydrogen however could be 4 minutes to refuel the tanks - if the infrastructure ever becomes readily available.

The hydrogen fuel cell can deliver up to 110 kW of power - the rest is provided by batteries (temporarily up to 100 kW in additional power).

The h-tron quattro concept brings also some glimpses of piloted driving, which will be implemented in production models in the future:

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

"The Audi h-tron quattro concept also provides a foretaste of the technologies for piloted driving and parking that will go into production in 2017 with the next generation of the Audi A8 full-size sedan. Piloted driving at Audi revolves around the central driver assistance controller (zFAS). It computes a model of the car’s surroundings in real time and makes this information available to the assistance systems and the piloted driving and parking systems. The latter can assume driving tasks during parking or in stop-and-go traffic on freeways at speeds of up to 60 km/h (37.3 mph)."

Whether we will see the h-tron in production is unclear.

Quick specs:

  • AWD with two electric motors (90 kW front and 140 kW rear) for total 230 kW
  • 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.1 mph) in under 7 seconds
  • up to 600 km (372.8 mi) of range
  • hydrogen fuel cell stack power 110 kW (temporary battery pack outpu up to 100 kW)

Let's check more images of Audi's h-tron quattro concept architecture. The car is equipped with three hydrogen tanks - one of them compromises the rear trunk space, and there is no frunk at all:

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Fuel cell - operating principle

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Fuel cell - operating principle

Traction batteries are located in the middle - probably at least several kWh of lithium-ion, we guess:

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Drivetrain

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Drivetrain

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Drivetrain

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Drivetrain

Audi h-tron quattro concept - High voltage components

Audi h-tron quattro concept - High voltage components

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Fuel cell

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Fuel cell

Interior shots:

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Cockpit

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Cockpit

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Design Sketch

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Design Sketch

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Detail

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Detail

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Detail

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Detail

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Interior

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Interior

More photos and videos from the stage:

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Design Sketch

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Design Sketch

Press release:

"Sporty, efficient and thoroughly connected – Audi at the NAIAS 2016

January 11, 2016 | INGOLSTADT/DETROIT

World debuts in Detroit: Audi A4 allroad quattro and Audi h-tron quattro concept New operating concept: touchscreens with haptic feedback All photos and content available online at  http://www.audi-med iacenter.com/en/naias-2016

The Audi A4 allroad quattro and the technology study Audi h-tron quattro concept: Their world debuts enable the brand with the four rings to showcase the innovation fields of Audi quattro, connectivity and fuel cell technology at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit.

The new Audi A4 allroad quattro takes to the floor at Detroit with a sharper design – with striking front end and a typical “allroad” look. Its quattro drive as standard and the 34 millimeter (1.3 in) gain in ground clearance make it the perfect automobile for every situation – including away from paved roads. The available engines are powerful but also efficient: They deliver an output of up to 200 kW (272 hp).

<em>Audi h-tron quattro concept - Design Sketch</em>

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Design Sketch

High-end options such as the Audi virtual cockpit and the MMI navigation plus with the new MMI operating concept underline the level of comfort and convenience offered by the new Audi A4 allroad quattro. The diverse Audi connect services link  the driver and passengers with the Internet via the high-speed LTE standard. There is also a comprehensive range of driver assistance systems. Particular highlights include the predictive efficiency assistant, adaptive cruise control Stop&Go including traffic jam assist and trailer assist that makes it easier to maneuver the outfit.

High range, swift refueling, sporty road performance: The technology study   Audi h-tron quattro concept demonstrates the huge potential of fuel cell technology. This model, which Audi is unveiling for the first time, has all-electric drive – using hydrogen as its energy source. It combines state-of-the-art fuel cell technology delivering up to 110 kW with a battery that provides a temporary boost of up to 100 kW.

<em>Audi h-tron quattro concept - Design Sketch</em>

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Design Sketch

Two electric motors on the front and rear axles represent a new evolutionary level of quattro drive – the electrified quattro. The electric motor on the front axle develops 90 kW, and its rear counterpart 140 kW. The sporty SUV accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62.1 mph) in under seven seconds. Its hydrogen tanks can be refueled safely and easily in around four minutes; a range of up to 600 kilometers (372.8 mi) is possible.

The Audi h-tron quattro concept also provides a foretaste of the technologies for piloted driving and parking that will go into production in 2017 with the next generation of the Audi A8 full-size sedan. Piloted driving at Audi revolves around the central driver assistance controller (zFAS). It computes a model of the car’s surroundings in real time and makes this information available to the assistance systems and the piloted driving and parking systems. The latter can assume driving tasks during parking or in stop-and-go traffic on freeways at speeds of up to 60 km/h (37.3 mph).

<em>Audi h-tron quattro concept - Design Sketch</em>

Audi h-tron quattro concept - Design Sketch

The NAIAS 2016 is the first event in the United States at which Audi is presenting the A4 Sedan to a wide audience. It builds on the success story of the high-volume model with new cutting-edge technologies on board. It redefines the benchmark for weight, aerodynamics, acoustic comfort, storage space and driver assistance systems. Highly efficient engines, the safe and sporty quattro drive and extensive connectivity are other virtues of the new Audi A4 Sedan.

Audi complements its operating and display concepts with even larger displays and a new interpretation of joy of use. At the Detroit show, an interactive interior model is used to evoke a concept based around large screens with touch control. Haptic feedback is provided every time an option is selected, making touch control car- friendly, safe and convenient."

Audi h-tron quattro concept

Audi h-tron quattro concept