Audi teases Activesphere rugged electric crossover concept ahead of 2023 reveal
Audi has a robust electric crossover concept in the works, but it won’t be unveiled until early 2023.
The Audi Activesphere concept is the fourth in the automaker’s line of “sphere” concepts, the first of which was introduced about a year ago. This time, the focus is on “maximum variability for an active lifestyle, both on and off the pavement,” Audi said in a press release.
The Activesphere will join Audi’s three other “sphere” concepts for an era of self-driving: the Skysphere electric sports car concept, the Grandsphere luxury electric vehicle concept and the Urbansphere, a people-carrier that s spans between wagon and van shapes and is designed with dense Chinese cities in mind.
These concepts present ideas from Audi designers on how the anticipated rise of autonomous driving will change car design. In all three concepts shown so far, the focus has been on reconfigurable interiors that can transition from traditional automotive cockpits to more living room-like layouts when a vehicle is in self-driving mode.
Meanwhile, Audi is slowly starting to deliver its Q4 E-Tron, which is closely related to the Volkswagen ID.4 but uses Audi’s own interface. We haven’t driven the Q4 E-Tron yet, but it could become one of the relative bargains among luxury crossovers. It joins the lineup alongside the larger E-Tron crossover and E-Tron GT sedan.
Audi plans to launch only electric vehicles from 2026, with no petrol models in the lineup by 2033. So while the “sphere” concepts do not prefigure specific production models, it is possible that some elements of their design appear on future Audis—especially if the self-driving technology anticipated by the concepts achieves mass commercialization.