2016 Detroit Auto Show: Audi h-tron quattro concept [gallery]

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The reports were accurate and indeed the Ingolstadt-based automaker has decided to introduce in front of the worldwide audience at the North American International Auto Show the h-tron quattro prototype.

After the e-tron quattro concept crossover we have yet another alternatively-powered concept from VW’s luxury brand which is trying its best to steer our attention away from the ongoing dieselgate saga. The latest prototype from the four-rings brand has under the hood a fuel cell powertrain using hydrogen as the energy source. Up front there’s an electric motor delivering 120 horsepower (90 kW) and it can work in tandem with the rear-mounted electric motor churning out 188 hp (140 kW). This electric quattro setup is also aided by a battery that in itself can deliver another 134 hp (100 kW) – albeit temporary. As such we have a rather feisty crossover concept that can do the 0 to 62 mph sprint in no more than seven seconds and will have a respectable range of up to 372.8 miles (600 km). And if you remember a full tank of hydrogen would be refilled in mere minutes so it’s actually pretty close to what traditional petrol/diesel models offer.

The exterior and interior is naturally very close to the e-tron quattro concept delivered last year during the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and if the model would ever see the light of day in a production factory it would most likely be named the Q6 FCV – though if that’s the case we’re betting it wouldn’t make it into showrooms before the end of the decade as the regular battery-electric Q6 is not expected until 2018.