Audi Grand Sphere Concept to debut at Munich Motor Show in September
Audi’s Sky Sphere reveal came with much more positive praise than I initially thought. Not only was it incredibly beautiful, but it brought some very interesting ideas for the future of the automobile, ideas that we hope Audi will implement in the future. The Sky Sphere’s variable wheelbase was certainly its most exciting feature. Now, however, Audi is set to launch another concept car, this time at the upcoming Munich Motor Show – the Audi Grand Sphere Concept.
While the Sky Sphere was a concept for a future grand touring car featuring Level 4 autonomous technology, the Audi Grand Sphere will provide a preview of the upcoming Artemis project, which will become Audi’s flagship luxury car.
Audi Design Director Marc Lichte said Coach that the Great Sphere will be “a very concrete teaser of the Artemis project”, which is itself a vision for the future. According to Lichte, the Artemis is a whole new way of thinking for Audi luxury cars and won’t be just another Audi A8.
“I asked our design teams not their vision of an A8 successor but something completely new.” he said. Lichte noted that traditional three-box luxury sedans are less and less popular. He also admitted that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has dominated the Audi A8 for decades, so a new approach is needed.
The next Artemis project will be a showcase for future technology and the resulting production car will be the first car to be built on the VW Group’s upcoming SSP architecture; an all-electric architecture with elements of the current MEB (Audi Q4 e-tron) and PPE (Audi A6 e-tron) architectures.
However, the Audi Grand Sphere Concept will be the precursor to all of this. It will be a very futuristic design concept, similar to the Sky Sphere, which will tease long-distance grand touring with level 4 range and an emphasis on interior and passenger space. We will see the Audi Grand Sphere on September 2 at the Munich Motor Show.