North American International Auto Show 2001

Audi Steppenwolf
Audi's Project Steppenwolf Concept
Audi's Project Steppenwolf Concept

Audi's Steppenwolf concept vehicle, which was unveiled at the 2000 Paris Auto Show, made its North American debut at the 2001 NAIAS in Detroit. The Steppenwolf is another of the many crossover SUV concepts being presented at this year's show. It is designed to be an off-road vehicle that is equally at home in the Australian outback as it is on 5th Avenue in Manhattan.

A 3.2-liter, V6 engine powers the two-door Steppenwolf. Generating 225 horsepower, this engine takes the Steppenwolf from 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 kph) in just under eight seconds. It tops out at 143 miles per hour (230 kph).

While the outside of the Steppenwolf is off-road tough, the inside is one of luxury.

On the inside, passengers and drivers will find an elegant look. The instrument panel is covered with shoe-sole leather, and a navigation system with LCD monitor is integrated into the center dash. The seats are covered with black and cognac beige leather, which is also used for the leather inserts in the footwell.

One unique feature of the Steppenwolf can be found in the rear of the vehicle. A drawer under the luggage compartment houses the spare wheel; this moving compartment can also be used to carry a tire-repair kit and a 12-volt compressor. An alternative drawer insert provides space for a winch. The vehicle can accommodate two running boards, which can be attached below the side doors.