Audi revamps in-car offerings for new model year

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Audi is to introduce its latest interior technology in a broader range of models with its 2022 update package. For example, media and navigation in most Audi models will now be delivered by an updated, third-generation modular infotainment platform known as MIB 3, with the ability to integrate the Amazon Alexa voice assistant using the Audi Connect internet link. As a result, all Audi models except for the Q2, TT and R8 will offer Alexa access using the same voice commands as the in-home service. For the 2022 model year, Alexa becomes available in the range from the A4 saloon and Avant upward, and other models will follow.

Meanwhile, Audi audio partner Sonos has applied its expertise to the development of a new in-car system for the recently launched Audi Q4 e-tron and Q4 Sportback e-tron fully electric SUVs. Now it has turned its attention to top-tier Vorsprung versions of the A1, Q2 and Q3, which will be equipped with the company’s equipment as part of the 2022 model year update program. The Sonos system, which replaces the original Bang & Olufsen components, will also be available for other trim lines in each range as part of the optional Comfort and Sound pack.

Furthermore, the breathable Dinamica microfiber material – seen first in the Q4 e-tron SUVs and the e-tron GT models, and produced using a large proportion of recycled plastic – will bring an increased focus on sustainability to the A3, A4, A5, A6, A7 Sportback and Q5 as part of the package of model year changes. Used in combination with traditional and synthetic leathers, the material replaces the suede-effect Alcantara trim that has been a longstanding feature of the sport seats in these models, and has very similar properties.

“From the high-tech A1 Sportback to the high-octane R8 sports car, and from the punchy A3 Sportback TFSI e plug-in hybrid to the redoubtable all-electric RS e-tron GT, the Audi range already excels at every level,” commented director of Audi UK, Andrew Doyle. “This enhancement program will ensure that our model lines maintain their edge aesthetically and technologically, and are perfectly placed to capitalize on a new model year notable, hopefully, as a period of greater stability and renewed consumer confidence.”

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