While Americans have largely rejected the notion that station wagons are cool, the shooting brake is alive and well in Europe. To wit, Audi knows that what you really want to see is a wagon version of the prologue concept released last year, so here it is, fresh off the Interwebs from the Geneva Auto Show, the prologue Avant.
Although it is essentially the same car as the prologue concept, the Avant supports the theory that wagons offer a truer expression of design language than sedans. The reason is aerodynamics.Audi knows that what you really want to see is a wagon version of the prologue concept. Click To Tweet
Wind rushes over, around and under the prologue Avant’s hood, primarily over. From an aerodynamics perspective, the question is how to leverage the wind to apply just enough downforce on the car’s rear end, while letting most of it slip off harmlessly.
Wagons offer a solution to this with their very gradual roof lines. Sedans bottom out into the top of a trunk, letting wind splay out in a number of directions.
The long lines of the Avant also let the design language extend itself to its fullest conclusion. Instead of curtailing due to the roof nature of a sedan, the lines are free to run themselves out. Americans long ago decided to eschew the length of wagons for the height of an SUV; however, the Avant reminds us that to European thinking, the wagon is nearly the platonic ideal of functional automotive design.The long lines of the prologue Avant extend the design language to its fullest conclusion. Click To Tweet
Sure, the supercar design wins in pure mobility and wind resistance. But for those of us who favor the streets over the track, the wagon is mathematically supreme when you calculate cargo space, fuel efficiency and passenger space.
Enjoy these images of the prologue Avant from Geneva. To drive a station wagon today, stop by our showroom to test drive the Audi Allroad. It’s a small taste of this futuristic concept design.