New display technology
The extra-large rev counter and speedometer dials come in newly designed, teardrop-shaped surrounds housed together with the circular coolant temperature and fuel gauge displays in one large central instrument panel. A particularly important innovation is the large color display for the first time in an Audi featuring revolutionary Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology.
This technology uses an organic polymer for significantly enhanced presentation and clarity. Compared with a conventional liquid crystal display (LCD), an OLED monitor is much easier to read above all in bright sunshine and when looking at the display from the side. Indeed, you can still read the monitor with ease from an angle of 170o.
Further advantages of OLED technology are the very thin and slender structure of the entire system, very fast reaction times, and far lower uptake of energy compared with an LCD display.
Audi's new generation of steering wheels is now also making its debut in the Audi allroad quattro concept. Perhaps the most visible sign of distinction on the three-spoke steering wheel finished in brown leather is the single-frame trapezoid complete with four rings on the central airbag cover.
Trims on the instrument panel and the doors for the first time feature a metallised textile material. The contrast between this special surface with its high-tech look and the main padding and upholstery surfaces finished in leather builds up a unique aura of optical tension and creates a wonderful surface touch all in one.
The leather upholstery on the four seats comes in two colors and in varying surface structure, sturdy side supports holding the driver and passengers firmly in position even in fast bends. Forming a distinctive contrast to the gray surfaces of the seats as such, the front segments on the seat bottoms, the upper third of the backrests and the headrests are finished in a green-blue shade. The seams connecting the various leather sections on the seats, finally, are visibly separated from the surfaces themselves to form yet another design feature.
The rear seats tilt forward electrically to enlarge the luggage compartment, the armrests can be retracted into the floor to form one smooth, flush area.
Like the A6 Avant, the allroad concept car comes with an absolutely smooth and uncluttered storage compartment. Molded contours behind the wheel arches provide overall width of up to 1300 millimeters for accommodating golf bags with absolute ease. The entire luggage compartment, naturally, is finished in high-quality carpeting. Aluminum trim strips fitted lengthwise on the floor facilitate the process of moving even large and heavy pieces of luggage.
The roll-up mechanism for the electrically controlled, fully retractable luggage compartment cover is housed conveniently out-of-sight within the floor of the luggage compartment. The tailgate on the allroad quattro concept, in turn, comes with electrical remote control, opening and closing simply by pressing a button on the key.
Ambience illumination serves to dim the lights in the interior as desired in a smooth process with infinite control. Via the MMI control unit, the driver can indeed call up various light scenarios with individual brightness adjustment, thus responding to specific situations on the road such as bright lights in town or on Interstate highways which are not illuminated.
This illumination strategy makes it much easier for the human eye to adjust to different light conditions outside and inside. It also enhances control and operating safety, enabling the driver to find all the controls and switches much better and faster than before. And last but certainly not least, this illumination strategy creates an outstanding experience of interior design and sophisticated materials also at night, without impairing driving safety in any way by dazzling the driver or by creating reflections on the windows.
Additional light sources on the sides of the luggage compartment further enhance the interior illumination around the roof and in the footwells. These light sources use so-called electroluminescence film not only taking up very little space, but also ensuring particularly homogeneous light distribution.