Audi SQ7 TDI is revealed… Ingolstadt, March 3, 2016 – With 320 kW and 900 Nm of torque, the new Audi SQ7 TDI is the most powerful diesel SUV on the market. It also leads the competition in numerous other technical fields. Its newly developed 4.0 TDI engine features a world first. An electric powered compressor gives the SQ7 TDI outstanding off-the-line performance, yet it consumes on average 7.4 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres.
“Following the launch of the successful SQ5, we are now also applying the concept of a diesel-engined S model to the Q7 model line,” said Dr. Stefan Knirsch, Member of the Board of Management of AUDI AG for Technical Development.
“The SQ7 TDI with a V8 TDI engine achieves the consumption figures of a six-cylinder. The new technology solution of the electric powered compressor in the SQ7 TDI is a world-first in the competitive environment, with which Audi once again underscores its claimVorsprung durch Technik,” said Dr. Knirsch.
Forced induction: Three chargers working together
The 4.0 TDI is an all-new engine. It combines best-in-class performance with low consumption and guarantees maximum dynamics. The V8 engine has a displacement of 3,956 cc. The two exhaust-gas turbochargers are activated selectively according to the concept of sequential charging, since exhaust gas only flows through one turbocharger at low and intermediate load. The second turbine is only activated at higher loads. An electric powered compressor (EPC) augments the work of the two turbochargers, particularly in the lower engine speed range, providing for extremely dynamic off-the-line performance.
With 320 kW and 900 Nm of torque between 1,000 and 3,250 revolutions per minute, the SUV sets new benchmarks in the segment. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds; top speed is 250 km/h (governed). In the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC), it consumes 7.4 litres per 100 kilometres. This corresponds to CO2 emissions of 194 grams per kilometre.
Forced induction concept and electrical system: Electric powered compressor (EPC) and 48-volt subsystem
The electric powered compressor is a world first in a production vehicle. This EPC strongly supports the 4.0 TDI engine when starting off and accelerating from low load for pure dynamics with no turbo lag. It is placed in the air path downstream of the intercooler, close to the engine. Because the EPC does not require any exhaust-gas energy to develop boost, it can be used at any time, thus making it the solution for the traditional weaknesses of the classic exhaust-gas turbocharger. With this technology, turbo lag is history. The EPC provides the engine the boost energy needed for the dynamic delivery of power in less than 250 milliseconds. Driven by a compact electric motor, its compressor wheel spins up to 70,000 revolutions per minute. The 4.0 TDI thus develops its immense power with no perceptible lag, it is available immediately upon depressing the accelerator. That is a major plus, particularly when starting off.
The Audi valvelift system (AVS) is also making its debut in a diesel model from Audi. The inlet and exhaust cam shafts each have two cam contours per valve. On the inlet side, one cam contour supports starting off in conjunction with the EPC, while the other optimises cylinder filling and thus power at high engine speeds. The AVS system on the exhaust side enables activation of the second exhaust-gas turbocharger. The sequential charging system controls the two exhaust-gas turbochargers so that only one turbocharger is used at low engine speeds. The second is activated additionally at higher loads and engine speeds. The customer benefits from very good torque delivery and dynamic response across the entire engine speed range.
The exhaust streams from the two exhaust valves are hermetically separated, with each driving one of the two turbochargers. In the lower engine speed range, one valve per cylinder remains closed, so that the full exhaust stream flows to the active turbocharger. When load and engine speed increase, the AVS opens the second exhaust valves. This directs flow to and activates the second exhaust-gas turbocharger. The engine achieves its maximum output in this biturbo mode. The switching by the AVS enables fast and precise activation of the second exhaust-gas turbine.
The power for the EPC, which reaches a maximum of 7 kW, is provided by the 48-volt electrical subsystem. The SQ7 TDI uses this higher-power electrical system, which facilitates the high-power systems electromechanical active roll stabilisation (EAWS) and EPC. To meet their high power and energy requirements, the electrical subsystem includes its own 48-volt lithium-ion battery mounted beneath the luggage compartment with a nominal energy content of 470 watt-hours and peak output of up to 13 kilowatts. A DC/DC converter connects the 48-volt and 12-volt electrical systems. The required energy is provided by a more powerful and highly efficient generator with an efficiency of over 80 percent at an output of up to 3 kW. This is a so-called MOSFET generator (Metal Oxide Semiconductor Field Effect Transistor), which reduces electric losses and increases efficiency. MOFSETs replace the diodes used previously. In addition, the 48-volt storage unit supports the 12-volt electrical system when required. This also reduces the load on the 12-volt lead battery.
V8 TDI – further technical highlights
The intake side of the 4.0 TDI is on the outside, the exhaust side with the two turbochargers is on the inside of the 90-degree internal V. This layout provides for short gas paths, with spontaneous response and an optimal setup for the emissions control system. The common-rail system generates up to 2,500 bars of injection pressure. Ignition pressure reaches the 200-bar mark in broad sections of the characteristic.
The innovative thermal management and sophisticated measures in the crankshaft and camshaft drive reduce friction. With the combination of a NOx oxidating catalytic converter and a downstream SCR catalytic converter, which is integrated into the diesel particulate filter and uses AdBlue injection to reduce oxides of nitrogen, the V8 TDI has a particularly efficient emissions control system. A sound actuator in the exhaust system amplifies the sonorous eight-cylinder sound. SQ7 TDI drivers can choose how much attention they want to draw to themselves by using the Audi drive select system to vary the amount of sound.
The biturbo V8 combined with the EPC is a core element of the global Audi diesel strategy. With high torque even at low engine speeds and low consumption figures, it is also ideally suited for markets such as the United States. Its engine characteristic combines supreme pulling power with sporty agility – ample off-the-line performance and spontaneous response.
High efficiency: The eight-speed tiptronic
The 4.0 TDI in the Audi SQ7 TDI works with strong partners. The proof is in the road behaviour, from extremely comfortable cruising on the Autobahn to dynamic handling on mountain passes. The redesigned eight-speed tiptronic is impressively efficient. It changes gears extremely quickly and efficiently, and at high speeds allows coasting at idle. A self-locking centre differential is the heart of the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. It is compact, lightweight and interacts very precisely with the suspension control system.
The maxim of lightweight construction also applies to the suspension – its links are made primarily of aluminium. Electromechanical power steering, the Audi drive select driving dynamics system and adaptive air suspension with S-specific tuning are standard. An optional brake system with extremely lightweight carbon fibre-ceramic discs will follow shortly after the market launch. Audi offers the SUV with 20-inch wheels on 285/45 tyres, with options up to 22 inches from the quattro GmbH program.
Networked suspension control
Audi offers the SQ7 TDI with an optional driving dynamics package comprising three technology modules: sport differential, electromechanical active roll stabilisation and all-wheel steering. The highly integrated suspension control unit is used in the SQ7 TDI. It assumes the central control of the adjustable shock absorbers, the air springs, the sport differential and roll force distribution. By bundling all relevant suspension functions into a central control unit, the developers achieved an optimal networking and coordination of the functions among themselves. The customer thus experiences outstanding handling in any situation.
Sporty or comfortable: Body roll stabilisation
A new solution in the competitive environment is the electromechanical active body roll stabilisation. Here a compact electric motor with a three-stage planetary gearbox separates the two halves of the stabiliser. On an uneven road surface, they are actively decoupled from one another, resulting in improved ride comfort. During sporty driving, the tubes are interconnected and twisted against each other. That significantly reduces body roll, i.e. the lean of the car. Together with the transmission, the electric motors produce anything up to 1,200 Nm (885.1 lb-ft) of torque. The effect is taut, sporty handling: The car leans less in bends and the tendency to understeer is further reduced.
The front and rear stabiliser can be adjusted independently of each other. This active distribution of stabiliser forces between the front and rear axle has a positive effect on road behaviour. Steering precision and the agility of the car improve significantly.
Compared with conventional hydraulically switched stabilisers, the 48-volt-based system from Audi offers major advantages. It can develop more power, it works faster and it is activated even at low speeds. Because it requires no oil, the electromechanical active roll stabilisation is also maintenance-free and environmentally friendly.
Bold road behavior and handling: All-wheel steering in combination with sporty and direct front-axle steering
With all-wheel steering, the rear wheels turn in by as much as five degrees, making parking easier. The more direct front-axle steering ratio of the SQ7 TDI improves the handling characteristics. Depending on the situation, the rear wheels steer opposite or in the same direction as the front wheels, improving dynamics and stability.
High agility in every curve: quattro with sport differential
For sporty drivers, it is one of the central objectives of road behavior: neutral handling up to the limit, even at high engine power. The optional sport differential provides stable and precise steering, particularly when accelerating dynamically out of curves. Variable torque between the wheels on the rear axle offers supreme control in curves. The SQ7 TDI is pressed precisely into the curve as a result. Even if the rear end starts to swing out, the quattro sport differential brings it back under control. This technology is available for the first time in the Q7 model line and is reserved exclusively for this top model.
Lightweight construction – innovative multimaterial construction
Thanks to systematic lightweight construction, the Audi SQ7 TDI is the lightest SUV in its segment, yet makes no compromises with respect to crash safety. The body features an innovative multimaterial construction. Hot-shaped and extremely strong sheets form the backbone of the occupant cell; the outer skin is made of aluminium. The centre of mass is low – another factor for the sporty handling. The drag coefficient is an outstanding 0.34.
Powerful sportiness: Exterior styling
The new Audi SQ7 TDI strikes an impressive balance between powerful and intensified stylistic elements. At 5.07 metres, it is approximately as long as the base model. The Audi DNA, such as the sculpted Singleframe radiator grille, distinctively highlighted wheels and flared quattro-style blisters, is unmistakable. All lines and surfaces are designed precisely and incisively, and accentuate the width of the car and thus the solidness of the overall concept. The SQ7 TDI has a new radiator grille with an S-specific design at the bumpers. Other distinguishing features are the side air inlets, the mirror housings and door inlays in standard aluminium. The exhaust system terminates in four rectangular tailpipes.
Light – LED headlights standard
The headlights have a pronounced three-dimensional appearance overall with a double-arrow signature. The standard LED and optional Matrix LED headlights plus the dynamic rear turn signals underscore Audi’s leading role in lighting design and technology. With the LED and matrix LED headlights, the daytime running lights together with the turn signals form a double light guide arrow – a new and unique light signature within the Audi family. Each Matrix LED headlight divides its high beam into 30 individual light-emitting diodes paired with three reflectors. A camera on the interior mirror analyses the traffic situation. Given this information, the control unit individually turns the diodes on and off, or dims them in 64 stages each, depending on the situation. With the millions of different resultant beam patterns, the high-end headlights superbly light up the road, without blinding other road users. Traffic signs are illuminated with less power so that the driver is not blinded by glare.
The functional range of the Matrix LED headlights also includes intelligent cornering lights, created by a shift in the light centre position. If the car is equipped with the optional MMI navigation plus, this system’s route data will trigger the cornering light to illuminate around the corner just before the driver begins turning the steering wheel. The large LED rear lights vary the theme of the headlamps: The tail lights, activated when the ignition is turned on, create a double arrow like the headlights. The brake light is located in the two upper chambers; the interior of the light has a three-dimensional appearance, with lightness and elegance.
The choice is yours: five seats or seven
Passengers in the Audi SQ7 TDI experience the largest interior in the segment. In Europe, Audi offers the SUV with a choice of either five or seven seats. The second row comes standard with a three-section backrest with segments that can be folded down separately. The optional third row folds up and down electrically.
Interior quality with S-specific design language
More space in the interior sets a new benchmark in the segment. Diffuser vent wrap and application strips emphasise the horizontal lines and the spaciousness of the interior. Comfort features are luxury-class. With the SQ7 TDI, customers have the choice between sport seats and sport seats plus. The sliding/folding seats provide for easier access to the optional third row. The power tailgate is standard. The SQ7 TDI boasts elegant design solutions inside, including analogue instruments with grey faces and white needles, special welcome screens and S badges.
The complete interior lighting including the luggage compartment employs LEDs. The first upgrade level, the lighting package, is standard. Capacitive (contactless) switches control the light in the door pockets and the reading lamp. The instrument panel and door trim contain so-called contour lighting – extremely slender LED light guides that follow the broad lines. Ambient lighting is also available. This includes lighted door sill trims and additional contour lighting on the centre console. The top version allows the driver of the SQ7 TDI to customise the interior lighting. Via the MMI, the driver can adjust it in several profiles and in five zones, and regulate the colour of the contour lighting in the “drive select” profile in 32 steps.
Markedly sporty: exclusive materials, colours and equipment features
The new SQ7 TDI is available in 12 colours. The distinctive radiator grille and underbody guard that encloses the four rectangular tailpipes are finished in twilight grey matt. Thanks to a wide range of equipment, the SQ7 TDI can be configured to be both sporty and elegant. Two-piece applications enable diverse material combinations and further individualisation. The SQ7 TDI is also available with the design selection Kodiak brown: a full-leather interior with contrasting stitching, an Alcantara black headlining, sport seats plus with Valcona leather in Kodiak brown and contrasting stitching, and luxury velour floor mats. The two-piece trim strip of Sono aluminium and carbon twill copper is exclusively available for the SQ7 TDI.
High-resolution graphics: Audi virtual cockpit
With its 12.3-inch display, the optional Audi virtual cockpit presents logically structured information in brilliant graphics. Driver ergonomics are excellent, and operation is intuitive. The driver chooses the display mode via the multifunction steering wheel. A head-up display is also available as an option.
The optional MMI navigation plus with MMI all-in-touch includes a large glass surface on the centre tunnel console that provides the finger with haptic feedback after each click. The MMI logic allows for intuitive system operation and also understands terms from everyday speech.
Potent computing power: Infotainment and Audi connect
MMI navigation plus, the optional top-of-the-line infotainment system in the SQ7 TDI, uses the second-generation Modular Infotainment Platform. Thanks
to the integrated LTE module and the Wi-Fi hotspot included in the Audi connect package, passengers can surf at high speed with their mobile devices. The Audi connect package brings comprehensive online functions on board.
New on the market in Europe is the Audi connect safety & service package, which also includes the myCarManager package. With this, customers can use their smartphone to lock and unlock the car or check the vehicle status, for example.
Another infotainment highlight is the Audi smartphone interface. In the car, a tailored environment on the MMI monitor makes it easy to control smartphones with iOS or the Android operating system.
The sound systems in the SQ7 TDI are as innovative as they are upscale. In the Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System, the digital signal processor drives 11 channels with a total of 23 speakers in such a way that the sound is equally precise and harmonious in every seat. Four speakers installed in the A-pillars and driven via separate channels broadcast those elements that generate the spatial height, creating a big virtual stage. Newly developed speakers and an amplifier with 1,920 watts guarantee musical enjoyment at the highest level. The Bose Surround Sound system, which generates the surround sound with 19 speakers, also features two speakers located higher up in the A-pillars to produce the third dimension.
Optionally, two Audi tablets can be docked in the backs of the front seats. This solution is currently the only removable rear seat entertainment system available
in the segment as standard. The Audi tablets make the premium infotainment accessible to the rear passengers as well. With integrated entertainment media and the navigation system from the infotainment system, the Audi tablets bring the full functionality of current high-end Android tablets to the car.
Simply the best: Driver assistance systems
The SQ7 TDI offers a wide range of 24 driver assistance systems to help drivers travel safely, fuel-efficiently and comfortably. The predictive efficiency assistant,
for example, provides additional information in the instrument cluster to help the driver save fuel. The standard Audi pre sense city – an anticipatory warning and emergency breaking function for avoiding accidents and protecting pedestrians – makes the SQ7 TDI even safer.
The adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist relieves the driver in slow-moving traffic on well-paved roads by taking over the steering in many situations. The predictive ACC enables the anticipatory adjustment of driving speed to the route and speed limits, such as when entering towns.
The Audi SQ7 TDI will arrive in Australia before the end of 2016. Further details on pricing and specification will be announced closer to launch.
The Audi Group
The Audi Group, with its brands Audi, Ducati and Lamborghini, is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the premium segment. It is present in more than 100 markets worldwide and produces at 16 locations in twelve countries. In the second half of 2016, Audi will start production of the Q5 in San José Chiapa (Mexico). 100-percent subsidiaries of AUDI AG include quattro GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy) and Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy).
In 2015, the Audi Group delivered to customers approximately 1.8 million automobiles of the Audi brand, 3,245 sports cars of the Lamborghini brand and about 54,800 motorcycles of the Ducati brand. In the 2014 financial year, AUDI AG achieved total revenue of €53.8 billion and an operating profit of €5.15 billion. At present, approximately 85,000 people work for the company all over the world, about 60,000 of them in Germany. Audi focuses on new products and sustainable technologies for the future of mobility.
All-new Audi A5 Coupe stars at Open-Air
Ahead of its official local release in March, cinema-goers have become the first in the country to see the highly anticipated second generation Audi A5 Coupé, with the very first car being flown to Australia for this landmark summer event.
- Audi joins beloved cultural event, St George Open Air Cinema
- All-new A5 Coupé unveiled for first time in Australia
- Audi continues to bolster cultural partnerships on stage and screen
Ahead of its official local release in March, cinema-goers have become the first in the country to see the highly anticipated second generation Audi A5 Coupé, with the very first car being flown to Australia for this landmark summer event.
The first generation Audi A5 was described by the legendary automotive designer, and former Head of Audi design, Walter de Silva, as the “the most beautiful car I’ve ever designed”. The second-generation A5 Coupe builds on the stunning styling of de Silva and takes the car to the next level of sophistication.
Sharing the spotlight with the stars of the big screen, the all-new A5 Coupe will be the centre of attention for the next five weeks, as Audi celebrates its new relationship as a major partner of the St George Open-Air Cinema, Sydney.
Continuing with its long tradition of supporting talent ‘on screen’ in Australia, Audi has further bolstered its film properties in 2017, also partnering with Hoyts LUX cinemas for the next two years.
“Globally, Audi supports several key film sponsorships, encompassing a range of film festivals, local and international actors, producers and directors, and product placements in the Iron Man series, Captain America films, the Transporter series and the Avengers,” said Andrew Doyle, Managing Director of Audi Australia.
“As a brand, it is important for this relationship to be reflected in Australia. Audi believes in performance, innovation and creativity and knows these core values are shared with the people who are driving the film industry forward.”
As part of its commitment to supporting Australian culture, Audi will continue its partnership with the Melbourne Theatre Company for the sixth year and has also announced it will renew its longest standing sponsorship with Sydney Theatre Company – signing on for a 12th successive year.
The German luxury automotive company will continue to present the ‘Audi Night With the Actors’ series throughout 2017, offering theatregoers the opportunity to take part in bespoke Q&A events with cast and creatives, after select performances with both companies in Sydney and Melbourne.
new TT RS Coupé and new TT RS Roadster
The new TT RS Coupé and new TT RS Roadster unveiled at the Beijing Motor Show
- Redeveloped lightweight 2.5 TFSI engine produces 294kW / 480Nm
- The performance of a supercar: 0-100km/h in a stunning 3.7sec
- For the first time, the stunning Matrix OLED tail lights are available
Beijing, 25 April, 2016 – The newest model in the exhilarating Audi Sport range is being unveiled, in the new TT RS. With its distinctive five-cylinder sound, a tremendous 294 kW of power and limitless traction thanks to quattro all-wheel drive, Audi is presenting its Coupé and its Roadster at the Beijing Motor Show for the first time.
“The new aluminium five-cylinder engine delivers 400 hp (294 kW), which is 60 hp (44 kW) more than its predecessor,” says Dr.-Ing. Stefan Knirsch, Audi Board Member for Technical Development.
“Together with the quattro drive, it ensures sporty driving pleasure with maximum traction. Audi uses Matrix OLED technology in the rear lights for the first time.”
Impressive performance: the new five-cylinder engine
A jury of international motor journalists has voted the 2.5 TFSI “Engine of the Year” six times in a row. Now Audi has further developed the five-cylinder engine in all areas – with lightweight construction measures, reduced internal friction and increased power delivery. As a result, the turbo engine gains a good 17 percent increase in performance at an unchanged capacity of 2,480 cc. At 294 kW (400 hp), it is more powerful than ever before. The maximum torque of 480 Nm (354.0 lb-ft) is available between 1,700 and 5,850 rpm. It ensures fantastic pulling power, which accompanies the unmistakable sound. Cylinders positioned directly beside each other and farthest away from each other fire in alternation. This brings with it a very special rhythm. The TT RS Coupé accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, the Roadster in 3.9 seconds – this corresponds to the performance of a supercar. Audi regulates the top speed at 250 km/h, or at 280 km/h upon request.
For the best traction and plenty of driving pleasure: the quattro drive
The forces of the 2.5 TFSI engine flow via a seven-speed S tronic, which shifts at lightning speed, to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive.
Its multi-plate clutch distributes the power freely between the axles. This provides strong grip and immense driving pleasure. The wheel-selective torque control makes handling even more agile and safe. Using the Audi drive select system, the driver can influence the quattro drive and other components such as the steering, S tronic, engine characteristic and exhaust flaps. The four modes available for this are comfort, auto, dynamic, and individual.
Pure dynamics: the chassis
In addition to its light weight, the Audi TT RS has its sporty chassis to thank for its outstanding handling. The direct steering provides close contact with the road and makes it a pleasure to drive challenging winding stretches.
At the front axle, ventilated and perforated steel discs are in action behind the 19-inch wheels – or 20-inch forged lightweight wheels as an option. Alternatively, lighter and particularly abrasion-resistant carbon-fibre ceramic discs are available. At the back, a steel monoblock disc is used.
As an option, Audi supplies RS sport suspension plus adaptive dampers in magnetic ride technology. In this case, the damping characteristics can be influenced electronically. The control technology is integrated into the driving dynamics system known as Audi drive select.
New feature: Matrix OLED lights
For the first time in a series-production Audi, Matrix OLED technology (organic light emitting diode) is used in the rear lights as an option. These emit an extremely homogeneous, high-contrast light. The light can be continuously dimmed, it does not cast any shadows and does not require any reflectors – this makes the OLEDs in 3D design efficient, light and visually impressive. Each rear light contains four wafer-thin units which become smaller from the inside out. The biggest bears the TT logo and the four Audi rings. The TT RS has LED rear lights and LED headlights as standard. Alternatively, the latter are available as intelligently controlled Matrix LED units.
Athletically streamlined: the exterior design
Large air inlets, a Singleframe grille with a newly designed honeycomb grille and quattro logo, a fixed rear wing and two large, oval exhaust tailpipes – the new TT RS Coupé and the new TT RS Roadster exude concentrated power. Along the flanks, aerodynamically-shaped side sills emphasise the dynamic design. Both models measure 4.19 metres in length, 1.83 metres in width and 1.34 metres in height.
Inspired by racing cars: the cockpit
Controls and display in the new TT RS are focused completely on the driver.
All information is displayed as standard on the fully digital Audi virtual cockpit with 12.3-inch screen. The driver can choose from three views, including a special RS screen that highlights the rev counter and provides information on tire pressure, torque, and g‑force, among other things.
The Audi virtual cockpit also displays a shift light which informs the driver that the engine speed limit has been reached. For the first time in the RS portfolio, the RS sport leather steering wheel with shift paddles has two operating satellite buttons for turning the engine on and off as well as the driving dynamics system known as Audi drive select, in addition to multifunction buttons. This means that the driver’s hands stay on the wheel at all times. The driver can influence the exhaust flap control via the sound button on the center console.
Best entertainment: infotainment and Audi connect
Audi also offers a huge amount of high-end infotainment technology. The options include MMI navigation plus with MMI touch including free text search and natural voice control, as well as the Audi connect online module with Wi-Fi hotspot. Using Audi phone box, compatible cell phones can be charged inductively and paired with the onboard antennae for optimal reception. The new Audi smartphone interface technology displays selected apps from the cell phone directly in the Audi virtual cockpit. The Bang & Olufsen sound system is a highlight for fans of excellent acoustics.
The new Audi TT RS will arrive in Australia in mid-2017. Further details, pricing and specification will be announced closer to launch.
New Audi A4 arrives in Australia
Australia, 26 February, 2016 – The all new Audi A4 has arrived in Australia, with the four-model line-up starting from just $55,500 (MLP). The all-new A4 will be the most technologically-advanced Audi that has ever been sold in Australia. It is a quantum step forward in the fields of progressive technology, sophisticated quality and sporty driving dynamics.
- The new generation of Audi A4 boasts progressive new connectivity and infotainment technology
- Stunning interior design is a hallmark of this newest model
- All-new A4 awarded a 5-star ANCAP safety rating
“The all-new A4 is a landmark vehicle for Audi. It redefines what we believe a customer is looking for in this segment, and offers more progressive technology than any Audi before it,” said Andrew Doyle, Managing Director of Audi Australia.
“In doing so, the new A4 stays true to the core principles that owners have come to expect from any Audi, like beautifully crafted interiors, distinctive styling, confident dynamics and strong engine performance and efficiency,” said Mr Doyle.
The all-new Audi A4 has been awarded a 5-star ANCAP safety rating, with James Goodwin, CEO of the Australian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP), saying that the new A4 performed well in crash testing.
“The A4 features a long list of safety equipment that customers in this segment expect as standard, including three types of autonomous braking – City, Interurban and Vulnerable Road User.”
“The Audi is also fitted with impressive technology known as “Exit Warning” which scans the road or footpath and warns the occupants of the car of approaching traffic, such as cars and cyclists, and lets people know when it’s safe to open the door.”
“This is the first time we have included ‘Exit Warning’ on our data sheet and it’s hoped that technology like this will help reduce the number of ‘dooring’ incidents to cyclists,” said Mr Goodwin.
The distinctive new Audi A4 will arrive in Australia with a choice of four drivetrains, including three TFSI petrol variants and one TDI diesel model. All engines are paired with the 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission as standard.
The 1.4 TFSI engine develops 110kW between 5000-6000rpm, and maximum torque of 250Nm from 1500-3000rpm. Performance is brisk, reaching 100km/h in 8.5sec from rest, with fuel consumption of 5.5 L/100km.
The all-new ultra-efficient 2.0 TFSI engine features a revolutionary combustion method that allows a higher compression ratio, and delivers extraordinary efficiency, sipping just 5.3 L/100km on average. Power is substantial, with 140kW available from 4200-6000rpm and 320Nm of torque from 1450-4200rpm. Accordingly, acceleration is lively, taking just 7.3 seconds to reach 100km/h.
The most powerful 2.0 TFSI model is paired with the latest generation of the legendary Audi quattro all-wheel drive system. With 185kW from 5000-6000rpm and 370Nm from 1600-4500rpm, the quattro system channels the power to the road very effectively, resulting in 0-100km/h acceleration of 5.8 seconds. Combined fuel consumption is 6.3 L/100km.
The 2.0 TDI model is also equipped with quattro all-wheel-drive. It offers sporty driving characteristics, with 140kW available from 3800-4200 and 400Nm from 1750-3000rpm. Audi TDI technology ensures excellent fuel efficiency, delivering 4.6 L/100km on the combined cycle. The 0-100km/h sprint takes only 7.2 seconds.
As with each all-new model generation from Audi, there was a clear focus on the use of lightweight technology throughout the all-new A4, resulting in a weight saving of 65kg. In addition, changes to the new A4’s suspension architecture were engineered to deliver even better driving characteristics, culminating in the introduction of a five-link rear suspension arrangement. Two different types of adaptive suspension are optionally available across the A4 range: comfort and sport. Customers can option either for the same cost: $1,700, or $1,100 for the quattro models.
An impressive array of standard safety features, many of which are unique in segment, headlines the standard equipment list for all new Audi A4 model lines, including:
- Audi pre-sense city with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and pedestrian detection
- Exit Warning system
- Cross traffic assist
- Audi side assist blind spot warning system
- Audi pre-sense basic (belt tensioning, window closing and other preventative measures if an emergency is detected)
- Audi pre-sense rear (warns following traffic if they are at risk of running into the rear of the car)
- Parking system plus with rear-view camera
In addition, the following safety features are available in all models, in the Assistance package tour ($1,900):
- Audi active lane assist
- Adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go, including Traffic Jam assist and distance indicator
- Turn assist
- Collision avoidance (steering assistant during evasive manoeuvres at speed)
- Audi pre-sense front (collision warning up to 250km/h)
- Predictive efficiency assistant
- High-beam assist
The new Audi A4 also offers customers a generous list of innovative and convenient features. Highlights include:
1.4 TFSI sport
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- LED headlights with adaptive function and dynamic rear indicators
- MMI Navigation plus with 8.3-inch screen, MMI touch, DVD player, 10GB music storage, live traffic and 5 included map updates
- Audi connect
- Audi Smartphone interface (Apple Carplay and Android Auto)
- 7.0-inch high-resolution colour Driver Information Screen
- Sport front seats including electric driver’s seat with electric lumbar support for driver and front passenger
- Sport steering wheel with shift paddles, leather-appointed seats
- 3-zone climate control, deluxe automatic air-conditioning with rear display
- New Audi Music Interface, with 2 USB connectors
2.0 TFSI sport (in addition to the 1.4 TFSI)
- DAB+ digital radio
- Convenience key with hands-free opening for boot (kick function)
- Auto dimming centre mirror
- Electric passenger seat
2.0 TDI quattro sport and 2.0 TFSI quattro sport (in addition to 2.0 TFSI sport)
- 19-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels
- Sport suspension
- Audi sound system
- Memory driver’s seat
- Folding exterior mirrors, with heating, dimming and memory functions
In addition to the above standard equipment, the following high-value packages offer additional features tailored to individual customer demand.
Technik Package – $2,100
- Virtual cockpit
- Heads-up display (HUD)
S line sport package – $5,200 (1.4 TFSI) $5,000 (2.0 TFSI)
$3,200 (2.0 TDI quattro & 2.0 TFSI quattro)
- 19-inch Audi Sport alloy wheels
- S line exterior package
- S line interior detailing
- Black headlining
- Sport suspension (where not already standard)
- Leather/Alcantara upholstery
- Flat-bottom steering wheel
- Additional colour/trim options
(Manufacturer List Pricing [MLP] – excludes dealer delivery and government statutory charges)
A4 1.4 TFSI S tronic 110kW $55,500
A4 2.0 TFSI S tronic 140kW $60,900
A4 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic 140kW $66,900
A4 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 185kW $69,900
The Audi Group
The Audi Group, with its brands Audi, Ducati and Lamborghini, is one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the premium segment. The company is present in more than 100 markets worldwide and produces at 16 locations in twelve countries. In the second half of 2016, Audi will start production of the Q5 in San José Chiapa (Mexico). 100-percent subsidiaries of AUDI AG include quattro GmbH (Neckarsulm), Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. (Sant’Agata Bolognese, Italy) and Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. (Bologna, Italy).
In 2014, the latest full financial year, the Audi Group delivered to customers approximately 1.74 million automobiles of the Audi brand, 2,530 sports cars of the Lamborghini brand and approximately 45,000 motorcycles of the Ducati brand. AUDI AG achieved total revenue of €53.8 billion and an operating profit of €5.15 billion in 2014. At present, more than 80,000 people work for the company all over the world, 58,000 of them in Germany. Audi focuses on new products and sustainable technologies for the future of mobility.