Ever fancy having a longboard hidden in your Q3?

SUVs have been a big hit at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show as automakers from all over the world have been doing their part in trying to impress what is arguably the biggest SUV market in business. Audi was one of the companies that presented an SUV at the event, but instead of trying to showcase a new concept that previews a future model, it went an entirely different route by showcasing a new concept that previews new possibilities in an existing model. The concept is called the Q3 Connected Mobility and while it doesn’t look like a traditional concept vehicle, it does come with an electrically-powered multifunctional longboard that’s stored neatly under the boot of the crossover.

According to Audi, the Q3 Connected Mobility concept “offers sporty and multifunctional mobility for metropolises with millions of residents.” Considering its rather quirky but otherwise effective feature, I’d say that the German automaker nailed its description for the entire concept. See, the objective of this particular concept isn’t so much about showcasing the capabilities of the Q3.It’s actually all about that longboard, which functions as an alternative mode of transportation in the event driving the Q3 around busy urban cities becomes a hassle. Certain situations do lend to longboards becoming more efficient forms of transportation and that’s exactly what the Q3 Connected Mobility concept is trying to highlight.

The way that Audi managed to integrate it into the Q3 is impressive enough in and of itself. But there’s more to this concept than just having its own longboard. The Q3 Connected Mobility also takes its name to heart, incorporating all these new technologies into one car with the intention of possibility seeing it come to life in the future. That future may or may not include a longboard, but for what it’s worth, the way Audi packaged the concept kind of makes me think that such a feature actually looks great on paper.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Audi Q3 Connected Mobility Concept.

Exterior

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On the surface, the Q3 Connected Mobility looks just like any other Q3. There are no aerodynamic kits to speak of. There are no flared wheel arches, no new headlights, and no special edition badging of any sort. It just looks like a standard Q3. That’s true for the most part, but like most concepts, there is more to the Q3 Connected Mobility than what meets the eye. If you take a close look at the boot of the crossover, you’ll notice that there’s actually a hidden compartment there that when opened reveals a storage tray with a 1.05-meter (3.44 feet) longboard inside.

This longboard can not only travel up to 7.4 miles on a full battery charge, but reach a top speed of 18.6 mph.

This longboard isn’t just a neat little decoration; it’s actually a functional longboard that can not only travel up to 7.4 miles on a full battery charge, but reach a top speed of 18.6 mph. In addition to its performance capabilities, the longboard also comes with a mount on its handlebars for smartphones, allowing you to download a specific destination and use the instructions to get to where you need to go. When the longboard isn’t in use, it can be returned to the storage tray where its battery immediately starts recharging.

The whole longboard concept links with the Q3’s infotainment system and your smartphone calendar. This connectivity feature determines the fastest route possible and whether that can be achieved by the crossover or the longboard. If it suggest using the longboard, it automatically looks for a nearby parking space where you can part the Q3 and continue along on your trip using the longboard.

Interior

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Based on the information that Audi gave about the Q3 Connected Mobility Concept, there doesn’t appear to be any interior modifications that differentiate it from other Q3 models. That’s not to say that the cabin itself is a dud because it still carries a lot of Audi’s traditional premium offerings like front bucket seats that have power-adjustability, an information screen that provides plenty of useful info for the drive, and a flip-up screed in the dashboard that functions with Audi’s own MMI system.

Drivetrain

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Just like the interior, there doesn’t appear to be anything new with the Q3’s engine. Audi does offer a number of engine versions, including a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that pumps out 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission that sends all that power to the two front wheels.

Audi’s quattro all-wheel-drive system is also available as an option. There is that possibility that the Q3 Connected Mobility could have an e-tron hybrid system on account of the battery that’s being used to charge the longboard. It’s unclear if this battery can also power the crossover itself, but it would make sense given the need to have one in the first place.

Conclusion

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I’m not usually the type to get too excited about concept vehicles because I’m well aware of their general purpose. But the Audi Q3 Connected Mobility Concept is different because the main reason why it’s a “concept” isn’t really that far-fetched from reality. Now I know that there are still some quirks that Audi has to work on before the whole concept becomes a reality, but it does feel like something that the German automaker should pursue, right? I’m totally on board with this, no pun intended.

  • Leave it
    • Is it going to be a production model anytime soon?
    • Drivers could just stow an actual longboard in the trunk
    • Could’ve had a few interior upgrades

Press Release

At Auto China 2016 in Beijing, Audi presents the Audi connected mobility concept, a concept car based on the Audi Q3, the brand’s urban compact SUV. The concept offers sporty and multi-functional mobility for megacities with dense traffic and road restrictions. Tailored to markets with growing urbanization such as China, this lifestyle concept was developed at Audi Research & Development in Beijing and focuses on young, progressive drivers.

An electrically powered multifunctional longboard, measuring 1.05 meters in length, is integrated into the rear bumper of the car for convenient storage and removal. To ensure permanent usability, the device is charged automatically while loaded in the car. The board’s premium design includes superior materials such as carbon fiber and aluminum.

The car’s infotainment system is linked to the smartphone calendar of the user. Based on the destination and planned arrival time, the system will calculate the fastest mobility mix based on real-time traffic data. In case the longboard option is faster, the system will recommend a parking space nearby so that the driver may continue the commute to the destination with the electric board. The navigation information synchronizes with the Audi MMI connect App on the user’s smartphone that continues to guide the route.

The multi-functional longboard has a battery range of more than 12 kilometers and reaches a maximum speed of 30 km/h. The board can be utilized in three riding modes: In “scooter mode”, the phone is conveniently clipped to the unfolded handlebar to display directions. The speed is adjusted via remote control attached to the right handlebar grip. A backpack can be conveniently clipped onto the steering rack. With the handlebar folded down in “sport mode”, the rider controls the speed via remote control in his hand. In a third mode, the board serves as a transport device for luggage or shopping bags: Connected wirelessly to a smartphone or smart-watch, the board automatically follows its owner.

The Audi connected mobility concept is based on the Audi Q3 which is produced locally in China. More than 70,000 units were sold in the region in 2015, making the Q3 the market leader in the premium compact SUV segment. At Auto China 2016, Audi launches the new Audi Q3 on the Chinese market.

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