Audi attempts to define a new segment with its Cross Cabriolet concept, combining a convertible coupe with an SUV. The development of this concept shows Audi's continuing efforts to expand its model lineup. It is also an interesting deviation from the new crossover segment.
Audi uses an oversize grille on this concept, similar to the direction it has taken with production cars. But the offset ovals on the grille bars gives it a unique look. Audi put its new 3-liter turbo diesel six-cylinder engine under the hood. This engine uses an emissions control system that lets it comply with the strictest pollution control regulations. The car also gets LED lights all the way around.
The car gets its off-road credibility from Audi's rally-proven Quattro all-wheel-drive system. The car isn't as high up as a typical SUV, coming off more like a raised Audi TT. The Cross Cabriolet uses a double-body shell for a stiffer suspension. Electronic ride height adjustment gives the Cross Cabriolet extra clearance when needed.
The car's convertible soft top folds down behind the rear seat in 17 seconds with its power mechanism. In fact, with the top down, there are no B-pillars or any other obstructions, besides the windshield, to the occupant's views.
The cabin of the Cross Cabriolet is loaded with tech. Along with Audi's traditional MMI controller, the company adds a touchpad, similar to those found on laptop computers. This interface controls a navigation system that is integrated with Google Earth, which makes finding destinations easy, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system, similar to that used in the Audi S8.