Audi offers push-button hooptie

German automaker to release crossover convertible at LA Auto Show that allows for electric ride-height adjustment.

Audi Cross Cabriolet artist's rendering. Audi

Audi plans to unveil a two-door four-seater concept car with a soft top at the 2007 LA Auto Show on Wednesday.

The Audi Cross Cabriolet, which Audi says is a mini car/SUV, will have a 240-horsepower 3-liter engine.

But here's the neat thing. The four-wheel drive car will have an electric ride-height adjustment. Audi says it's for driving on different types of terrain, but I'm thinking it's just one of those things people won't be able to resist playing with. The car is also shown in a wild copper color.

Audi says that the car represents an entirely new "vehicle segment" for the company. Would that be the DIY hooptie segment? If so, I'm on board.

Although the car is not yet available for viewing today, here's an artist's rendering of what it looks like. Check back for photos of the actual car on display at the show once it's officially unveiled.

For more Audi ogling, check out our photos and video of the Audi Metroproject Quattro that was released at the recent Tokyo Motor Show. For more crazy-color cars, check out our SEMA highlights gallery.

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In a software-driven world, it's easy to forget about the nuts and bolts. Whether it's cars, robots, personal gadgetry or industrial machines, Candace Lombardi examines the moving parts that keep our world rotating. A journalist who divides her time between the United States and the United Kingdom, Lombardi has written about technology for the sites of The New York Times, CNET, USA Today, MSN, ZDNet,, and GameSpot. She is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not a current employee of CNET.


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