By Amos Kwon
on 10.8.12
Photo by Audi

The Paris Motor Show produced some serious automotive eye candy, including a preview of Audi’s future design language in the Crosslane Coupe Concept. The Crosslane’s accentuated angular look seems to borrow a few external styling cues from its more expensive Lamborghini Urus brother and hints at what the next Q-series crossovers could look like.

The mid-sizer is a plug-in, dual-mode hybrid with a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder TFSI engine and two electric motors. Though it’s no rocket sled (0-62 in 8.6 seconds, 9.8 in pure electric mode), the Crosslane gets a whopping 213 mpg with a decent 53 mile range in electric mode. Chalk those numbers up to both powertrain efficiency and a lightweight construction, which includes Audi’s “multi-material space frame” built from aluminum, carbon fiber, and fiberglass. If even some of the styling and fuel economy get to market, Audi will surely have upped its green game.

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