Audi recently announced that it will be competing in the famous Dakar Rally for the first time in 2022, but that’s not all. Representing the brand will be an electric crossover.
It is said that the vehicle will be driven by a powerful electric drivetrain. The energy required for this comes from a high-voltage battery which can be charged as required while driving via an energy converter in the form of a highly efficient TFSI engine.
The aim is to permanently improve the performance of the electric drivetrain and the battery in the years to come. The experience gained in this process should then be incorporated into the further development of future electrified production models.
Audi is the first car manufacturer that has committed to develop a viable alternative drive concept for the Dakar Rally, making it a pioneer in motorsport once again. In 2012, Audi achieved the first victory of a hybrid racing car in the Le Mans 24 Hours. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro remained unbeaten in the world’s most important endurance race three times in a row.
Since 2014, Audi has also been successful in fully-electric racing with Formula E. First in a supporting role for the team of its longstanding partner ABT Sportsline, and from 2017 with full factory involvement.
After six years, the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler team is the most successful entry in the history of Formula E with a total of 43 podium finishes, including twelve victories. Special highlights include winning the drivers’ title in 2017 and the teams’ title in the first season on a factory level in 2018.
The Dakar Rally will replace Audi’s factory involvement in Formula E, which will no longer be continued in the form of an Audi factory team after the 2021 season. The use of the newly developed Audi powertrain by customer teams will remain possible beyond next year.
Customer racing remains the second major pillar in AUDI AG’s future motorsport program. Audi Sport customer racing will continue to offer its customers a comprehensive model portfolio, as well as intensive service for worldwide racing. In addition, the program includes competing with the Audi R8 LMS in major endurance races like the Nürburgring 24 Hours and in international racing series such as the Intercontinental GT Challenge.
Compact SUVs are often perceived to be something that would appeal only to soccer moms or college kids with rich parents, but that is clearly not the case here with the Audi SQ2. In fact, the performance oriented version of the Q2 here is something that is so capable that it would excite any true petrolhead.
That being said, the Audi SQ2 has undergone a thorough update both on the outside and inside, making it a much more complete product now.
On the exterior, the octagonal Singleframe front grille is now slightly lower with polygon motif slats in the insert, and the wide frames now come with silver air inlets. While LED headlights and taillights come as standard, Matrix LED lights are available as an option.
Other highlights include the aluminum-look mirror housings, rear bumper with pentagonal polygons, standard 18-inch wheels, and two exhaust tailpipes that are framed by the diffuser insert.
With the black styling package, the Singleframe, the air inlet grilles, and the diffuser are finished in gloss black, and the bumpers feature a contrasting paint finish. The SQ2 exterior package also applies black styling to the mirror housings, the blade on the C-pillar, and the tailpipe trims. The roof edge spoiler features a special contour here, and quattro logos on film adorn the doors.
As is the case with all Audi S models, the interior of the SQ2 is dominated by dark tones and particularly high-quality surfaces. The headlining is designed in black and the door panels feature a new material that is pleasant to touch.
The pedal caps and the footrest are made of stainless steel and the illuminated door sill trims sport S logos. The display shows S-specific start screens when the ignition is switched on.
There are four packages for the upholstery and colors. Customers can choose from a combination of fabric and leather (standard), pure fine Nappa leather – with a rhombus pattern as an option – and a mixture of leather and the microfiber material Dinamica, which is replacing Alcantara.
The Audi SQ2 comes as standard with automatic air conditioning, a sport multifunction steering wheel, sport seats, In terms of operation and infotainment, the range extends to the Audi virtual cockpit, which can be switched over to a sports view, and the MMI navigation plus (available with the navigation package). It is operated via a rotary pushbutton on the center console.
The top-of-the-line infotainment system brings the Audi connect services with LTE plus speed on board, and a Wi-Fi hotspot integrates the passengers’ mobile devices. The services of Audi connect emergency call & service and Audi connect remote & control are new additions and are both part of the standard equipment.
They allow the owner to lock the vehicle remotely or check the fuel level, for example. To do this, owners can use the myAudi app on their smartphones, which is also free. The Audi smartphone interface, the Audi phone box, and the Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System complete the infotainment program.
Where practicality is concerned, the luggage compartment is located behind the tailgate and has a volume of 355 to 1,000 liters depending on the position of the rear backrests.
Under the hood lies the 2.0 TFSI with 300 PS and 400 Nm of torque which enables the SQ2 to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds. Paired to the engine is Audi’s seven-speed S tronic gearbox and of course, the quattro AWD system.
The standard equipment of the sporty compact SUV also includes the Audi drive select dynamic handling system that offers the profiles “auto,” comfort,” “dynamic,” “efficiency,” and “individual.”
It changes the character of the steering, the seven-speed S tronic, the engine, and other systems. The driver can press a button to set the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) to off-road mode.
The updated 2020 Audi A5 Sportback is officially available in Malaysia, and it features a new, tauter look and the cutting-edge MMI touching operating concept.
Design wise, Audi has significantly revised the exterior, with the front end, in particular, exuding an even more powerful resolve. The Singleframe with the honeycomb grille is flatter and somewhat wider.
Ventilation slits above the grille are reminiscent of the classic Audi Sport quattro from 1984. A bold blade forms the lower edge of the bumper, which features larger air inlets.
A new sill provides for a slimmer appearance when viewed from the side; a diffuser insert with trapezoidal tailpipes makes the back of the car look wider.
All body and engine variants in the A5 product line roll off the assembly line with the top-of-the-line Matrix LED headlights and LED rear lights featuring dynamic turn indicators as standard equipment for Malaysia. Horizontal lines dominate the interior of the A5 models.
With its new MMI touch system, the Audi A5 offers a user experience similar to a contemporary smartphone. A 10.1-inch touch display with acoustic feedback replaces the rotary pushbutton used in previous models. The graphics are clean and reduced; the menu structure reflects the expectations of the user.
The MMI search is based on free text input and returns relevant hits very rapidly. Natural-language voice control understands many formulations from everyday speech.
In Malaysia, the range comes standard with the top-of-the-line MMI navigation plus infotainment control center. Integrated with Audi Smartphone Interface, the system offers seamless access to both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
New functions also make navigation intelligent and intuitive by suggesting routes previously driven. The myAudi app connects the car with the customer’s smartphone. The standard personalization allows the creation of as many as seven different user profiles for storing personal settings and preferences.
The updated Audi A5 uses a new main unit with increased computing power – the third-generation modular infotainment platform (MIB 3). This is the first Audi offered in the country to feature MIB 3.
The driver controls the full-HD, 12.3-inch display (1,920 x 720 pixels) of the Audi virtual cockpit via the multifunction steering wheel and can choose between three views. With functions on demand, the customer will be able to access their car functions at any time using the myAudi app.
The updated Audi A5 range comes to Malaysia with two 2.0 TFSI engine and drivetrain combination; a 150 hp and 249 hp.
Both are paired to a seven-speed S tronic transmission while the latter version, which comes in the “advanced” trim level, also feature quattro drive with ultra technology. The system distributes drive force as the situation dictates to deliver enhanced dynamism and efficiency while driving.
Both powertrains feature the mild hybrid system (MHEV) integrated into the 12-volt electrical system. Central to the mild hybrid system is the belt alternator starter (BAS), which is connected to the crankshaft.
The Audi A5 is able to coast with the engine switched off between 55 and 160 km/h. During this time, the lithium-ion battery powers the electrical consumers. The start-stop range operates from as low as 22 km/h. When the accelerator is depressed, the BAS restarts the engine quickly and smoothly.
When stopped, this happens while the brake pedal is still depressed as soon as the vehicle in front begins to move. In real-world, everyday operation, the MHEV system can reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.3 liters per 100 kilometers according to Audi measurements.
Available at all Audi showrooms including the new Audi Online Showroom, the pricing for the 2020 Audi A5 Sportback is yet to be announced, so watch this space for more updates.
Sportback, SUV Coupe, Sports Activity Coupe, call it whatever you want, we’re just going to stick to what we’ve always been calling these coupe-ish SUVs with low-slung rooflines – “Turtle Cars”.
Now that we’ve got that out of the way, let us focus on the latest product to be unveiled by Audi – the Q4 Sportback e-tron Concept.
All set to enter production next year, the Q4 Sportback e-tron is an identical twin of the Q4 e-tron, but with a few differences especially in terms of the design.
The dimensions of the two Q4 models are almost identical, measuring 4.60 meters in length and 1.60 m in height. The ony difference is that the Sportback is 10 mm longer and flatter. Both Q4 variants are identical in terms of their width of 1.90 m and their wheelbase of 2.77 meters as well.
Powering the Q4 Sportback e-tron Concept are two electric motors that mobilize 225 kW of system output which is brought to the road with quattro all-wheel drive, enabling both models to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 6.3 seconds.
Top speed is restricted to 180 km/h. Complementing the package is a large 82 kWh which returns a range of over 450 km.
Underpinned by the modular electrification platform (MEB), rear-wheel drive versions of the Q4 will return over 500 km of range, according to Audi.
While key exterior features include a generous dose of LED and 22-inch wheels, goodies inside the concepts include floor covering is made of recycled materials, Alcantara seats, and a large-format head-up display with an augmented reality function among others.
Control panels designed as touch elements on the steering wheel spokes can be used to select frequently used functions. In the middle above the centre console, there is a 12.3-inch touchscreen via which the infotainment and vehicle functions are displayed and operated.
As the centre console does not need to hold functional elements such as a gear lever or hand brake actuation elements, it is designed as a spacious stowage compartment that includes a cell phone charging cradle.
So, there you have it – Audi’s answer to BMW’s X4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe. What do you think?
Audi has unveiled the new Q5 with enhanced styling, new features, as well as updated powertrain options.
Measuring 4.68 meters long, the redesigned Audi Q5 is now 19 mm longer than before – due primarily to its larger bumpers. Its width of 1.89 meters and height of 1.66 meters remain unchanged.
If we look at the new exterior, the octagonal Singleframe grille is now shallower and appears wider than before, while the side air intakes have grown in height and are now structured by trapezoidal insets.
The upper section of the LED headlamps features a new signature for the daytime running lights. Viewed from the side, the Q5 now has lighter look with greater ground clearance thanks to the redesigned sill insert.
At the rear end, available for the first time in the world is a pair of OLED taillights (optional), complemented by a new trim element between the light clusters and a new diffusor insert with a horizontal fin.
The optional OLED rear light is split into three tiles of six segments each, which enables Audi designers and developers to create different light designs and signatures from a single item of hardware.
Also new are two body colours – District Green and Ultra Blue. The black trim package is available as an option.
Inside, a new freestanding MMI touch display with acoustic feedback takes centre stage, while the previous rotary/push control on the centre-tunnel console has been replaced by cubby holes.
There are three interior finishes for customers to choose from – base, design selection, and S line, which can be combined as desired with the exterior trim packages.
Behind the new control setup in the updated Audi Q5 is a new main unit – the third-generation Modular Infotainment Platform (MIB 3), which offers ten times the computing power of its predecessor, the MIB 2.
Its basis is a conventional dashboard with a centrally positioned driver information system. The top of the range is the Audi virtual cockpit plus – a high-resolution 12.3-inch digital display with three different graphic layouts. The driver controls the displays via the multifunction steering wheel. A head-up display is also available as an option.
The central 10.1-inch MMI touch display is standard equipment in the Q5. Its menu structure with flat hierarchies makes it extremely easy to use, and is searchable using free text.
The driver has the choice of entering characters and letters manually or via voice control, which understands a vast array of everyday terms. Combined with the MMI navigation plus infotainment system including Audi connect navigation & infotainment, the voice-control system can access the cloud for even greater flexibility.
The navigation system offers high-resolution satellite images from Google Earth, lane-by-lane information on traffic flow and traffic forecasts. DAB+ digital radio is part of standard equipment, while the Amazon Alexa service allows access to thousands of Alexa skills.
As for powertrain options, the upgraded Q5 will be sold in Europe as the Audi Q5 40 TDI which comes with a mild hybrid 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel TDI engine producing 204 PS and 400 Nm of torque, paired with a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission as well as a quattro all-wheel drive system.
Performance wise, the new Q5 40 TDI is capable of accelerating from zero to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds and reaching a top speed of 222 km/h.
More engine versions will follow after the launch of the updated Q5: two further power variants of the four-cylinder TDI, a V6 TDI and two 2.0-liter four-cylinder TFSI engines.
The successful Q5 TFSI e with plug-in hybrid drive will also be offered again in two output variants.
Another highlight of the new Audi Q5 is that customers can now order a special edition of the redesigned Audi Q5 named “edition one”.
The exterior design is based on the S line exterior, further enhanced by the black trim package. The specific design elements set sporty accents with a black Audi insignia front and rear as well as on the rear doors, black roof rails and black exterior mirrors as well as carbon door trim. On entering the vehicle, the Audi rings are projected onto the ground by LED lights. The equipment package also includes red brake calipers, 19-inch wheels and sports seats.
The exterior paint colors are Glacier White and Myth Black in addition to new shades, District Green and Ultra Blue.
When it counts, the world moves closer together. In the corona crisis, Audi is supporting medical and social institutions in its home regions and providing humanitarian aid at the national and international level.
The company is providing five million euros in emergency aid for this purpose. The Board of Management of AUDI AG and the Works Councils at the Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm sites have now launched this package.
The first major cash donations are already underway. On Monday, March 30, AUDI AG handed over a total of 600,000 euros to the hospitals at its home sites in Ingolstadt and Neckarsulm – this money is on top of the five million euros. In Ingolstadt, Audi is now also supporting the challenge “sprint4local – one week for Ingolstadt.”
Initiated by the Digital Startup Center of the Ingolstadt region and IFG Ingolstadt, participants will have the opportunity here from April 1 to 7 to develop ideas virtually on how the Ingolstadt region can overcome the challenges of the crisis and thus emerge stronger from this period.
The international sites of the Audi Group are also providing local support in their regions: Among other things, they are providing medical equipment – Audi Brussels or Audi China, for example. Audi Hungaria will make a cash donation to the Győr Hospital. Further measures are currently being planned in detail at all sites.