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Audi’s Grandsphere Concept Is a Rolling Electric-Powered Living Room

The future of Audi’s design and engineering is previewed by this elegant Grandsphere concept sedan. The second in a trio of concepts to debut in short order, the Grandsphere shares styling elements with the sportier Skysphere coupe, but integrates a more spacious, four-door layout and a host of interesting tech. A third concept called Urbansphere will debut next year.

Two electric motors generate 711 horsepower combined and up to 686 pound-feet of torque, allowing the Grandsphere to reach 62 mph in a claimed 4.0 seconds, according to Audi. The company also claims a driving range as long as 466 miles on the WLTP cycle and fast-charging via a 270-kW onboard charger, borrowed from the e-tron GT that’s on sale today.

While the exterior design is certainly dramatic and attractive, the interior is where the concept showcases its most futuristic elements. Facing the driver and front passenger is a large, flat dashboard that’s devoid of buttons and lacks the traditional touchscreen display. Instead, the car’s infotainment is projected onto the dashboard, and a camera tracks the driver’s eyes and flicks through menus and selections based on eye movement. Each of the car’s four doors features physical buttons for the climate-control system, but those can also be adjusted based on hand gestures.

Autonomous driving is the Grandsphere concept’s biggest flex, though, and in autonomous mode, there’s no steering wheel in sight. For instances when autonomous driving is not available—such as when exiting a highway into city traffic—a steering wheel and gauge cluster deploy from behind the flat dashboard so the driver can take control. For the full story, check out this article from Car And Driver.

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