The world is going electric, hybrid, natural gas and a lot of other alternate fuels are being tested and introduced. We have many cars running on compressed natural gas(CNG) in India. But these are not necessarily a driver’s delight. Audi is all set to change that perception. Audi introduced the A4 g-tron at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
Audi A4 g-tron can run 500 kilometers on CNG other than regular gasoline. The tanks that hold the gas are placed at the rear and can hold 19 kg at a pressure of 200 bar. It is made from Carbon-Fiber-Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) and Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Plastic (GFRP), ensuring high-strength properties. A 2.0-liter TFSI engine powers the A4 g-tron, and has an output of 170 hp and 270 Nm. Audi claims acceleration from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 4.6 seconds, and a top speed limited to 2oo kms per hour.The range on the traditional fuel is 450 kms which takes the total range to a staggering 950 kilometers.
The g-tron is basically a petrol powered Audi A4 that can switch between fuel types from the classic stuff to CNG (compressed natural gas). “The e-tron quattro concept provides a concrete foretaste of this”, said Ulrich Hackenberg, head of research and development. “It combines driving pleasure with great range, an expressive design and excellent comfort”.
An intelligent drive management system controls the interplay between them as appropriate for the situation. There are also modes for the energy regeneration function, with varying degrees of recuperation aggression. This provides a vectoring capability, ensuring maximum stability and cornering grip.
There is a very slim possibility of this concept coming to India after its launch around 2018 as estate models have generally not found love in this part of the world. However, the luxury, performance and the low cost of running might just make it a tempting proposition. So, it is going to be a calculated decision for Audi whenever this concept sees light of the day.