Desirable, technologically formidable and environmentally responsible – the latest Audi range is designed to be all these things and more, but as the continual pursuit of progress is a cornerstone of Vorsprung durch Technik an update programme for the 2022 Model Year is about to further accentuate all these attributes in many model lines. Attractive new trim levels, detail enhancements and wheel designs, fresh colours and advanced new entertainment features from Amazon and Sonos are among the changes, which now take effect for orders placed with UK Audi Centres.
Giving voice to technology – the MIB3 infotainment platform and Amazon Alexa
Media and navigation in the majority of Audi models are now delivered by an updated, third-generation modular infotainment platform known as MIB 3, and one of its many additional benefits is 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 vocal commands as the in-home service. For the 2022 Model Year, Alexa becomes available in the range from the A4 Saloon and Avant upwards, and other models will follow. Via Alexa users will be able to stream music and audiobooks, access over 80,000 Alexa skills and even lock household doors, control lighting and operate garage doors from within the car via the smart home control function.
Sonos – now a big noise in the A1, Q2 and Q3
Famous for its compact home speakers and amplifiers with expansive sound, new and exclusive Audi audio partner Sonos applied its considerable expertise to the development of an exceptional 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 as part of the 2022 Model Year update programme also now deliver an exceptional listening experience courtesy of the highly regarded company. Their advanced new Sonos system, which replaces their original Bang & Olufsen components, is also available for other trim lines in each range as part of the optional Comfort and Sound Pack.
Cover story – Dinamica Microfibre upholstery from sustainable sources for many more models
Also seen first in the Q4 e-tron SUVs and the e-tron GT models, the breathable microfibre material Dinamica brings 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 new material replaces the suede-effect Alcantara trim which has been a longstanding feature of the sport seats in these models, and has very similar properties.
More choice, consistency and simplicity – revised trim structures, new trim lines
Rationalisation of the Audi range structure and optional equipment lines continues to be a key priority for Audi UK as it seeks to simplify and expedite the model selection and ordering processes for customers wherever possible. To this end, adjustments to trim structures form part of the latest update programme. In the A5 range the limited-run Edition 1 trim, introduced at the same time as extensive revisions to the model lines in 2020, has been phased out in Sportback and Coupe variants in favour of the popular Black Edition specification; and in the e-tron range the fully electric SUV’s Technik, Sport and Black Edition trim levels also now become available for the e-tron Sportback to equalise their respective ranges.
A shade darker – the updated Black Edition and Vorsprung specification options
Included in the package of changes for the new model year are external enhancements for the range-topping Vorsprung versions of the majority of models, which already combine S line styling with black trim detailing for elements such as the Singleframe grille and frame, air intakes and window cappings as part of the black styling pack. Updated Vorsprung models will now also feature front and rear Audi rings and model designation badges in either matt black or gloss black and their engine or motor designation badges will also be removed, except in the case of ‘S’ and ‘RS’ models. Depending on the range, some Black Edition models also benefit from these changes (see below for more detail).