2022 Audi A3 Goes On Sale with a Standard MHEV Model

2022 Audi A3 Goes On Sale with a Standard MHEV Model

With the 2022 model year of the Audi A3, the Ingolstadt automaker celebrates its nameplate’s 15 years of success in the US market.

The all-new 2022 Audi A3 is finally here, and the new models are now arriving at dealerships across the country. According to the German automaker, its latest installment of the A3 sedan comes jam-packed with Audi’s flagship technologies. The new sedan gets a 10.1-inch Audi MMI touchscreen display infotainment system as standard. Customers also get the option of upgrading to a larger 12.3-inch Audi Virtual cockpit.

On the tech front, Audio also offers a top-view camera system, and an optional heads-up display in the new A3. In the US market, the Audi A3 made its debut back in 2005, which means the 2022 model year of the nameplate celebrates over 15 years of A3’s success in the country. Under the hood, a 2-liter TFSI motor powers the 2022 Audi A3 sedan. The motor produces 201 HP of maximum power and 221 lb-ft of peak torque.

The S3 variant gets a more capable turbocharged powerplant which produces 306 HP and 209 lb-ft of torque. For the first time in the history of the nameplate, the 2022 Audi A3 also gets a 48-volt mild-hybrid (MHEV) system as standard. The feature can shut the engine down for a limited time in certain situations. This allows the car to coast while consuming a very tiny amount of fuel. As a result of this, Audi was able to enhance the fuel efficiency of the 2022 A3 sedan.

2022 Audi A3 Goes On Sale with a Standard MHEV Model

The 2022 Audi A3 gets a plethora of new safety features and is available with Audi cruise assist.

According to EPA estimates the A3 40 TSI quattro can deliver 31 MPG of combined fuel economy, which makes it 24% more efficient than the previous model. In its front-wheel-drive setup, the entry-level 2022 Audi A3 model now gets a class-leading fuel economy rating. As per EPA estimates, this variant can deliver 32 MPG of combined fuel economy, which is 2 MPG more than the 2020 model.

The design of the 2022 A3 also gets minor updates. The front-end is dominated by an RS-inspired honeycomb grille. We also find Audi’s signature Matrix-design led headlights and muscular contours or, as Audi likes to address them- quattro blisters. On the safety front, Audi offers the lane departure warning feature as standard on the new A3. Customers can also opt for advanced driver assistance features, which include Audi cruise assist with lane guidance and much more.

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Audi Grandsphere Debuts at IAA 2021

Audi Grandsphere Debuts at IAA 2021

Even with its impressive 720 HP electric-only powertrain, the futuristic cabin of Audi grandsphere is the star of the show.

The Ingolstadt-based automaker unveiled its grandsphere concept study at the IAA 2021 yesterday. This is the second installment of the three “sphere” concepts that Audi has been working on. The design of grandsphere concept aims to offer the comfort of luxurious private travel. As a result of this, grandsphere gets one of the most futuristic cabins we’ve ever seen. That’s not all, because Level 4 automated driving capability is also part of the package. This means grandsphere can cruise on freeways and maneuver through heavy traffic conditions with minimum human intervention.

A 120 kWh battery pack powers the grandsphere, and according to Audi, the concept can deliver 470 miles of range.  Customers can recharge the massive battery pack from 5% to 80% capacity in just 25 minutes, courtesy of its 800-volt fast-charging capability. Furthermore, the EV gets a dual-motor setup (one on each axle), and the electric-only powertrain produces 720 HP of power and 708 lb-ft of peak torque.

Sharp creases offset grandsphere’s curvaceous bodywork. The front-end is dominated by a flat hexagonal faux grille that lights up and houses the sensors for grandsphere’s autonomous driving system. The lighting units in the headlights are designed to emulate Audi’s four-ring logo. Audi’s Avus concept from the 1990s inspired the design of grandsphere’s gorgeous 23-inch rims.

Audi Grandsphere Debuts at IAA 2021

Futuristic interior space that offers a luxurious onboard experience

Audi grandsphere’s interior is its pièce de résistance. The car’s steering wheel, instrument display, and pedals retract when the car is in autonomous driving mode, to give occupants more cabin space. The car does not have any B-pillars, and the rear doors open backward, which makes it easy to get in and out of the vehicle.

The infotainment system of grandsphere makes large touchscreen units look antiquated. The concept car uses projectors to display images onto the wooden dashboard. Passengers can control the system with hand gestures and eye movements. The EV’s cabin comes equipped with a drinks cooler that slides out of the center console, which also houses a plant.

Audi has confirmed that its production cars will eventually receive the technologies that are debuting in the grandsphere concept study. The grandsphere concept will offer the foundation for Audi’s flagship sedans in the future. The German automaker’s next concept car will be the Audi urbansphere which will premiere sometime next year.

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Audi e-tron S & e-tron S Sportback Will Debut This Fall

Audi e-tron S & e-tron S Sportback Will Debut This Fall

Audi America confirmed much-awaited 2022 e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback models will make their stateside debut this fall.

Well, it has been a long wait, but they are finally here. Audi America has announced that high-performance S versions of its e-tron and e-tron Sportback EVs will make their stateside debut sometime later this year. The two offerings were first introduced over a year ago, but they were only available in the European markets. At the time, the Ingolstadt-based automaker also refrained from confirming whether it plans to launch these tri-motor-equipped models in the U.S.

Both Audi e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback models get a three-motor layout which produces 496 HP of maximum power and 718 lb-ft of peak torque. The S models use a pair of independent electric motors to power the rear wheels, while the front axle is propelled by the third motor. The 496 horsepower is only available for up to 8 seconds after the “Boost Mode” is engaged.

Once the boost mode is deactivated, the overall power output of the 95 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is limited to 429 HP and 596 lb-ft of torque. Audi claims that its models can accelerate from 0 to 60 MPH in just 4.3 seconds, courtesy of the boost mode. So far, the company has not revealed the acceleration time for the cars in their standard settings.

Audi e-tron S & e-tron S Sportback Will Debut This Fall

The cars also come equipped with Audi’s proprietary electric quattro system, which allows drivers to carry out controlled drifts. Both offerings get dual charging ports and up 150 kW of rapid charging capability. Using a Level 3 DC fast charger, drivers can recharge the battery pack of their all-electric Audi S models from 5% to 80% capacity in just 30 minutes.

The styling of the two models has also been updated, and Audi offers its Digital Matrix LED headlights as optional extras for both e-tron S and e-tron S Sportback. The cars ride on a set of 20-inch rims as standard, which comes wrapped in all-season tires. Customers can also opt for 21-inch and 22-inch alloys, which are available with summer tires. Launching Sometime this fall, these models will be the first all-electric Audi S offerings in the North American market.

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Audi of America Reports Record Sales in Q2 2021

Audi of America Reports Record Sales in Q2 2021

Audi of America achieved new milestones as the auto group’s second-quarter deliveries increased by 92.3% YoY in Q2 2021.

Just like the rest of the world, the automotive industry was also not impervious to the effects of the ongoing global pandemic. Surprisingly enough, as many car brands struggled to manage the fallout of the devastating COVID-19 crisis, subsidiaries of the Volkswagen Group somehow managed to achieve record sales. As we reported earlier in April, VW’s supercar sub-brand Lamborghini closed its first quarter of the year by setting yet another sales record. Audi of America has now announced that it also managed to achieve multiple sales and delivery records in Q2 2021.

With 66,995 units sold in the second quarter of 2021, Audi of America recorded a 92.3% increase in deliveries as compared to Q2 2020. The auto group also announced that its year-to-date sales were up by 59.9% YoY, with 121,835 units sold. This was also Audi’s “best first-half sales results” and “strongest quarterly sales results” of all time. It is worth noting that the company’s high-riding offerings were also its best-selling products during this period, which acts as a testament to the popularity of the SUV and crossover segment in the U.S.

Audi of America Reports Record Sales in Q2 2021

Having achieved these impressive milestones, the company also shared its goals for the rest of the year. “In 2020, Audi sold 186,620 vehicles in the U.S., and this year, we look forward to the next chapter in our journey to reinvent premium mobility with the arrivals of the fully electric Audi e-tron GT and Audi Q4 e-tron,” Audi of America said.

The Q5 proved to be Audi of America’s MVP with a 133% increase in deliveries during the second quarter of the year and 85% growth in YTD sales. Other models like the Audi Q3 and Q5 also contributed significantly to the sales growth and proved to be crucial in achieving the record-setting results for the second quarter and the first half of 2021. Audi of America did experience a slight decline in the sales of its certified pre-owned vehicles.

The second-quarter deliveries of Audi CPOs dropped down by 2.1% to 14369 units, and the overall CPO sales were down by 3.3% YoY. The Audi Q8 was the most popular certified pre-owned model, and the sales of Q3 and e-tron CPOs also experienced substantial growth during the period.

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Audi Announces New Function on Demand Subscriptions for Select Models

Audi Announces New Function on Demand Subscriptions for Select Models

Function on Demand allows post-purchase upgrades for certain options like MMI Nav, Wi-Fi, or Light Function.

Audi has announced that the 2021 Q5, Q5 Sportback, A4, and A5 range will be the first models to receive the company’s all-new Function on Demand subscription service. The company’s electrified models, the 2021 Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback will also receive a Light Function package, which will be exclusive to the Premium trim levels.

With the Function on Demand subscription, customers can now use the myAudi app to purchase Multi-Media Interface (MMI) Navigation Plus via the all-new myAudi Marketplace option. This will allow drivers to use the service even if their vehicles were not equipped with the option from the factory, which means owners of preowned Audis can also avail company’s new service. Audi’s MMI Navigation Plus feature via Function on Demand now includes Audi connect PLUS with Full-Speed Wi-Fi.

According to Audi, “MMI Navigation plus bundled with Audi connect PLUS with Full-Speed Wi-Fi™, unlocks Audi’s vibrant and immersive satellite navigation for customers looking for short-term road trip functionality or to help customers make their Audi more perfect for them.”

Audi Announces New Function on Demand Subscriptions for Select Models

The MMI Navigation Plus feature is available for a monthly purchase price of $84.99 or a 12-month subscription fee of $849.99 (~$70.83). This feature also allows the occupants to pair up to 8 compatible devices and stream videos using the onboard 4G LTE WiFi network. As part of Audi Connect Plus, customers will get all Audi Connect Prime and Audi Connect Care features.

Audi claims, “Function on Demand opens up the full Audi navigation experience, complete with a real-life satellite view, natural speech recognition controls that learn language, handwriting recognition on the newly enlarged 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen and all other services included in the CARE, PRIME, and PLUS packages for these models.”

The Premium trim levels of 2021 Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback models, on the other hand, can now be equipped with the Light Function Package. This includes features like Turning Lights which offer lateral illumination and are activated as soon as the driver uses the turn signals. The package also offers Maneuvering light and Dynamic cornering light features. The former “Illuminates maneuvering area laterally in front when reversing” and the latter follows the steering to offer illumination when the vehicle is cornering.

Customers, who opted for Premium trim models of Audi e-tron and e-tron Sportback can subscribe to the Light Function Package for a one-time fee of $259.99. Audi has also revealed that it will announce additional Function on Demand features and models in the future.

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