Audi won’t be selling its Monterey Car Week models — at least, not yet. Its striking trio of “Sphere” concepts joined forces to preview the German automaker’s vision of an electric, luxury future, from the Skysphere roadster with its physically-stretching wheelbase, to the Urbansphere “apartment on wheels,” embodying the concept of an oasis among dense city environments.
In-between, though, is the Audi Grandsphere, and though the sedan may not look quite as avant-garde as its siblings, it’s the car with the production potential. Audi plans to build a luxury four-door based on the EV in the middle of the decade, not only carrying its themes of cabin minimalism and alternative materials to dealerships, but eventually offering Level 4 autonomous driving, too. That includes a retracting steering wheel that hides behind a panel in the dashboard when the Grandsphere is piloting itself, and projected instrumentation to replace the usual physical or digital gauges.