Audi’s singleframe grille isn’t going anywhere, despite the German automaker venturing into an all-electric future.
As electric vehicles become more commonplace, we are seeing some automakers ditch traditional front grilles in favor of body-colored panels. However, during a recent round table discussion, Audi said that its EVs will feature grilles similar to its ICE models, even though they may be blanked-out in the pursuit of improved aerodynamics.
Front grilles have long been a necessity for cars to ensure their engines and radiators are cooled with fresh air. While grilles aren’t as important for an EV, as there’s no internal combustion engine, they can still serve some purpose as they help give models an identifiable “face”.
Speaking with Motor Trend, Audi’s design team said the grilles of its EVs will help to distinguish its models from those of its competitors. These grilles will also be featured on the brand’s forthcoming trio of ‘Sphere’ electric vehicle concepts that will also include advanced self-driving systems.
Audi’s singleframe grille was first used by the 2004 A8 and has featured on every Audi since. Compared to many other automotive grilles that are split into upper and lower sections, the singleframe is a single piece stretching from the hood towards the base of the bumper.
The German automaker teased its three ‘Sphere’ concepts earlier this month. They consist of the Sky Sphere, which is a sleek two-door coupe, the Grand Sphere four-door sedan, and the Urban Sphere that takes the shape of a large SUV.