Audi Prologue Avant concept hints at CLS Shooting Brake rival

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Geneva bound Audi Prologue Avant concept points towards a future A6 range-topping rival for Mercedes’ CLS Shooting Brake.

An evolution of last year’s Prologue concept – itself a preview for a theoretical A9 Coupe aimed at the Mercedes S-Class Coupe; the new Prologue Avant offers an insight into the future design direction for the A6, A7 and A8 line-up.

First images/sketches show how Audi’s fresh styling language set by its new head of design Marc Lichte translates to an estate and more practical cars down the range. Featuring a low, sloping roofline and huge 22-inch alloys, the Prologue Avant gets a large hexagonal front grille, signature LED Matrix lighting and large front air intakes. Exterior dimensions will likely be similar to the 5.1 metres long and 1.95m wide original concept.

Lifted straight from last year’s Prologue Coupe, the interior is an impressive exercise in minimalism with multiple touch screen displays and a large, full-width OLED screen virtually replacing all classic switchgear.

Technical details are still kept under wraps, but Audi will likely keep the power-train from last year. This translates to a 597bhp 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, all coupled to a sophisticated brake energy recovery system and quattro four-wheel drive.