Wagons are back and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’d rather have an “estate” was the Europeans call it over one of those new-fangled crossovers everybody is buying. The latest wagon to capture my heart is the Audi Prologue Avant Concept rolled out ahead of the Geneva Auto Show, which is sleekly sexy and even better, utilizes a 455 horsepower plug-in hybrid drivetrain. Hrrrrnngggggggg…
Now I’ll grant you, the 2+2 seating setup is hardly ideal for the wagon body style, and I’m still hoping for the day that front bench seats make a comeback. But the shapely exterior with its nearly-seamless body and purposeful accents lends the Audi Prologue Avant more poise and prestige than a family hauler should have. And power, lots and lots of power.
Under the hood is the same 3.0 liter TDI coupled to a 100 kW electric motor as found in the Q7 e-tron, making for a total system output of 455 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. That’s enough grunt to haul the family sailboat clear across the continent, and in style. While not as much oomph as the original Audi Prologue Coupe Concept, which offered 677 horsepower and 701 lb-ft of torque, it’ll still get you from Point A to Point B in a hurry.
But there’s more to the Prologue Avant than raw brute force, as a 33-mile all-electric driving range means quick trips to town won’t require a single sip of fuel. A 5.1 second 0 to 62 MPH ensures you’ll never want for power merging onto the highway, and even though specific fuel economy isn’t mentioned, you can assume it will be something exceptionally frugal.
The classiness carries over to the interior, where occupants sit in a minimalist/industrialist stylings that includes a huge dashboard with a door-to-door infotainment screen. This nifty feature allows the front passenger to mess with the entertainment and HVAC settings, and there’s even detachable OLED tablets.
Audi goes on to say that many of these technologies are near production-ready, but I’m mostly excited to see if this concept’s sexy styling passes muster and actually makes it to production, more or less intact.