Will Audi show us the future of the Allroad wagon in Shanghai?

The biennial Shanghai Motor Show is right around the corner, and automakers from all over the globe are starting to announce what they will be bringing to the party. Audi is keeping quiet for the time being, but a new report finds that the Four Ring brand will show a more rugged version of the well-received prologue avant concept (pictured) that was introduced last month at the Geneva Motor Show.

Anonymous sources close to Audi have told British magazine Autocar that the prologue Allroad concept will accurately preview the next generation of Audi’s brawny-yet-elegant Allroad-badged wagons. Based on the prologue avant, Audi’s next concept will gain the familiar array of Allroad styling cues including a noticeably raised ground clearance, black plastic trim over the wheel arches and on the rocker panels, a pair of roof rails as well as brushed aluminum accents on both bumpers. The concept will ride on large alloy wheels, and beefy skid plates on both ends will protect the underbody when the going gets rough.

What will power the prologue Allroad concept is not known, but a gasoline-electric hybrid drivetrain seems likely for a number of reasons. First, most of the previous prologue concepts have been powered by a hybrid drivetrain, showing Audi’s determination to electrify most of its lineup in the coming years. Second, the Chinese government is an avid supporter of fuel-saving drivetrains because many of the country’s major cities have been dealing with startling levels of air pollution for the past few years.

If the rumor turns out to be true, expect to hear more about the Audi prologue Allroad concept over the next few days. Audi’s next show car will be formally unveiled on Monday, April 20th, when the biennial Shanghai Motor Show opens its doors to the press.

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