The futuristic electric concept previews a lot of design elements that are set to adorn future Audi models but it also may reveal Audi’s intentions of offering their own compact EV using the same underpinnings with the VW ID Hatch and the Seat El Born.
Although the German car maker didn’t make any mentions to the Group’s MEB platform, the concept’s layout is basically the same with the ID Hatch. More specifically it has an electric motor mounted on the rear axle producing 167hp (170PS), powered by a 65kWh battery pack that lies under the floor.
The Audi A1:ME measures 4.3m (14.1 feet) long, 1.9m (6.2 feet) wide, and 1.52m (5 feet) tall, riding on a 2.77m (9 feet) long wheelbase. LED elements are integrated above the wheel wells in order to be visible from all angles, with the car using moving graphics to communicate with other road users and pedestrians.
The cabin is classic concept car, featuring things like wooden tables, magnetic cupholders, live plants and a full-width augmented reality display that can be controlled either via gesture or with your eyes, through the integrated eye-tracking cameras. And let’s not forget the retractable steering wheel.
That’s because the new Audi AI:ME also features Level 4 autonomy, which means it can drive itself on highways and designated areas within cities.