Meet the all new Audi Q3 and Audi A6 Sedan 2.0 TFSI
The Audi Q3 and A6 Sedan 2.0 TFSI have landed in Singapore. On top of the familiar Audi values like design, driving verve and an exceptionally welcoming interior, the distinctly different duo feature the Audi connect functionality that complements the digital lifestyle of the Audi driver. The cars are now available for test drive at the Audi Centre Singapore and retail for $168,800 and $242,500 (inclusive of COE and CEVS) respectively.
The new Audi Q3 continues the success of the first-generation model that debuted in Singapore in 2011. Visually more confident than ever, roomier inside and more versatile, the premium compact SUV is the latest from the Audi Q family to join the line-up in this market.
Strength and presence: the exterior design
The new Audi Q3 looks even sportier than its predecessor does. Thanks to the striking Singleframe in octagon design, which is divided up by vertical bars, along with the large air inlets. They characterise the masculine front-end with its intensive play of light and shadow. The narrow headlights run inwards with their wedge shape. The side view epitomises the balance of the exterior design with the symmetrical lighting graphics of the headlights and rear lights. The shoulder line formally connects them and, with strong muscles above the wheel wells, ensures an athletic overall impression. The contours draw their inspiration from Audi’s quattro DNA and make the SUV seem even wider; the colour-contrasting wheel arch trims emphasise the offroad look. Supported by a long roof edge spoiler, which also flanks the rear window at the side, the steeply raked D pillars of the body line also create an appearance of forward thrust.
Driver-oriented and sporty: the interior
Taut lines, three-dimensionally styled elements—the interior continues the design of the exterior and echoes in many ways the brand’s full-size models. The architecture harmonises perfectly with the new operating concept. Its central element is the MMI touch display with its high-gloss black glass-look surround. Together with the air conditioning controls underneath, it is tilted 10 degrees toward the driver. All displays, buttons and controls are located ergonomically. The comfortable seats provide a sporty position; the steering wheel is steeply angled accordingly.
Generous and variable: the space concept
Compared with its predecessor, the new Audi Q3 has grown in virtually all dimensions. It is 4,484 millimetres long, 1,849 millimetres wide and 1,585 millimetres high without a roof antenna. Its wheelbase, which has been stretched by 77 millimetres, is spacious yet, at the same time, extremely versatile: As standard, the rear seats can be moved fore/aft by 150 millimetres.
Their three-way split backrests in the ratio 40:20:40 can be tilted in seven stages. Depending on the position of the rear seats and backrests, the luggage compartment capacity is between 530 and 1,525 litres. The loading floor can be adjusted in up to three levels and the parcel shelf can be stowed underneath the floor if not needed. An electric tailgate, which can also be opened and closed with a kicking motion, is also available as an option.
Digital world: Controls and displays
The operating and display concept of the SUV has been overhauled from the ground up—Audi has done away with the analog instruments. In fact, the Audi Q3 is the first model to feature Audi virtual cockpit plus, which is a further development of the innovative digital instrumentation that made its global debut on the Audi TT in 2014. The system features three different views, including a new, particularly sporty display. The intuitive operating concept with its flat menu structure is supplemented by natural-language voice control. It also understands freely structured wording. The ingenious dialog manager asks questions if necessary, allows corrections, offers choices and defers to the speaker when
The top-of-the-line infotainment system in the Audi Q3 offers the same technical functions as in the higher segments. Its data transfer module supports the LTE Advanced standard with integrated Wi-Fi hotspot for the passengers’ mobile devices. The navigation system recognises the driver’s preferences based on previous journeys, allowing it to generate suitable route suggestions. The Audi connect portfolio ideally supplements navigation guidance with traffic information online, the point-of-interest search and information on parking spaces and filling stations appearing directly in the navigation map.
A6 Sedan 2.0 TFSI
Following the successful debut of the eighth-generation Audi A6, a new variant has been added the brand’s mid-size executive sedan offering—the 2.0 TFSI with 245hp. Alongside this derivative, the Audi A6 range in Singapore will also feature the extended Audi connect suite of functionalities. The new engine variant complements the 3.0 TFSI quattro model to offer consumers in Singapore more choices. Both engines feature an efficient mild-hybrid system.
High-performance TFSI with mild-hybrid system
The 2.0 TFSI features an innovative 12V mild-hybrid system that reduces consumption while improving comfort. A belt alternator starter (BAS) works together with a compact lithium-ion battery. The A6 can coast between 55 and 160km/h and the start-stop kicks in right from 22km/h. The system instantly and smoothly restarts the combustion engine. During deceleration, the BAS recovers up to 12 kW of energy. The energy stored in the battery is then used to power the various ancillaries, reducing demands of the internal combustion engine.
The exterior design—technical and elegant
Like the A8 and A7 Sportback models, the A6 is the expressive ambassador of the new Audi design language. With taut surfaces, sharp edges and striking lines, the business sedan unmistakably conveys its character: sporty elegance, high tech and sophistication.
The exterior stands out with its balanced proportions – long hood, long wheelbase and short overhangs. The A6 is 4,939 millimetres long, i.e. 7 millimetres longer than its predecessor. The width has been increased by 12 millimetres to 1,886 millimetres while the height at 1,457 millimetres is now 2 millimetres more than on the outgoing model. The wide, low-slung Singleframe grille, the flat headlights and the powerfully contoured air inlets exude sportiness.
Audi connect—more convenience in the business class
The A6 features a full range of navigation, infotainment and Audi connect offerings that make it a smart business-class sedan. With each profile, up to seven drivers can individually store around 400 preferred settings. The natural-language voice control responds to operating commands and questions on the basis of data stored onboard; also with detailed knowledge from the cloud in conjunction with the MMI navigation plus which is standard for Singapore. With its extensive connectivity lineup, the new Audi A6 is always online. The data transfer module uses the new LTE Advanced standard. When it comes to navigation, both systems offer many innovations, including a self-learning function based on the driven routes.