New Sportback Concept features Audi's 50-state compliant diesel engine. The Sportback Concept is powered by a 3.0 liter V6 diesel with 225 hp and 550 Nm of torque (307 lb-ft) coupled to Audi's 7-speed S tronic transmission.

Audi has unveiled the Sportback Concept at the Detroit motor show today.

Sticking to its strength, that is in sport wagon design, Audi has created the Sportback Concept as almost a collage of Audi design cues with touches from the A1 Concept, providing the single frame front grille, to the A5 Coupe which shares a similar tail section.

But the design is also coupe-influenced, which Audi readily admits. The coupe theme is evident in the four seat arrangement (two rear seats instead of three) of the Sportback Concept. That sort of coupe styling on a car that isn't really a coupe has become somewhat of a fashion lately. Models such as the VW CC, based on the Passat, and the BMW X6 being the most obvious examples.

The Sportback Concept is powered by a 3.0 liter V6 diesel with 225 hp and 550 Nm of torque (307 lb-ft) coupled to Audi's 7-speed S tronic transmission and will be the cleanest diesel yet from Audi. This 3.0 liter oil-burner will be compliant with California's stringent emissions standards (as well as EU6 compliant) making the engine a viable option for Audi models sold in the US.

Head on over to the Audi Sportback Photo album for 48 high-res images of the Concept.

 

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