Audi announces unique Q2 edition #2; debuts A3 Sportsback

AUDI Australia is enhancing its small compact SUV model range with the unique Q2 Edition #2. The latest offering extends the success of the Q2 to unite class-leading driver assistance technology and distinctive styling.

The Audi Q2 provides truly innovative technology that ensures a safe and connected driving experience. Standard features include Audi smartphone interface, MMI navigation and Audi connect technology with Wi-Fi hot spot and Google services.

The enhanced Audi Q2 Edition #2 extends the unique exterior design of the Q2 to offer an even sportier aesthetic with a suite of distinctive 19-inch alloy wheels, complementing a striking monochrome colour variation.

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In addition, helpful features like convenience key and side assist safety technology make the Edition #2 the perfect companion to a busy urban lifestyle.

“The Q2 Edition #2 provides even more outstanding value to further enhance the attractiveness of this popular compact SUV,” said Shawn Ticehurst, Product Planning and Pricing Director at Audi Australia.

“The Audi Q2 Edition #2 extends our compact SUV offering to customers that love the urban charisma of the Q2 but are seeking an even sportier exterior design.”

The Audi Q2 Edition #2 is offered with the comprehensive Audi service plan package, priced at $1,580 for three years or $2,140 for five years. It’s available with the Technik, Comfort and Assistance packages as optional add-ons.

Pricing for the Q2 35 TFSI Edition #2 starts from $44,550 plus on-roads, with the Q2 40 TFSI quattro Edition #2 fetching $52,400.

At the same time, Audi has revealed the next generation of the A3 Sportback, featuring updated compact proportions and a sporty new design. Larger air inlets and smoother lines that focus on the wheel arches, feature in the new look.

The digital daytime running lights and the Matrix LED headlights are a further innovation. They consist of a pixel array made up of LED segments in a three by five arrangement that create special light signatures and make the A3 immediately recognisable.

The sporty and sophisticated design is continued in the interior with the new shifter, aluminium or carbon inlays, striking door openers and an instrument panel with a black-panel look.

Seat upholstery made of recycled PET bottles and adorned with stylish contrasting stitching is being used for the first time. The cockpit of the A3 Sportback uses familiar elements from the brand’s full-size models too.

It’s equipped with a 10.1-inch touch display as standard, which is integrated into the centre of the instrument panel. The instrument cluster, which the driver operates via the multi-function steering wheel, is also digital as standard.

The Audi virtual cockpit offers additional functions such as a large display of the navigation map. The plus version measures 12.3 inches and offers three different views, including graphics with a sporty look.

A head-up display that projects important information onto the windshield in colour can be installed upon request. The MMI operating concept is powered by the new third generation modular infotainment platform.

Its computing power is ten times higher than that of its predecessor and it performs all tasks relating to connectivity, including telephony and the Audi connect services with LTE Advanced speed, and also has an integrated Wi-Fi hot spot.

The DAB+ digital radio is included as standard and online or hybrid radio is available as an option. Route guidance is even easier and more flexible, thanks to high-resolution satellite images from Google Earth and detailed 3D imagery of major cities.

Audi connect plus enriches points of interest with photos, opening hours and user reviews. The connect plus services also include the car-to-X services to help with finding free parking spots, for example.

The A3 Sportback comes with the myAudi app, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Audi phone box, the brand’s innovating phone charging system.

Being launched in Europe with a choice of three engine variants, the A3 Sportsback will be powered by either a 1.5 TFSI with 110kW or a 2.0 TDI that delivers 85kW or 110kW. The engine versions at start of production will be combined with front-wheel drive.

Power will be transmitted by a six-speed manual transmission or the quick-shifting seven-speed S tronic, the selector lever of which is now designed as a compact shifter. The driver can push and pull this to control the basic functions of the automatic transmission.

Shortly after market launch, Audi will be gradually expanding the offer to include further engine versions, including electrified drive systems and versions with Quattro drive.

Equipped with Audi pre-sense front, swerve assist and lane departure warning, the A3 Sportback helps prevent accidents with other road users and offers a high level of safety as standard.

Further assist systems, such as the lane change and exit warnings as well as the cross-traffic and park assist systems, are available as an option. Adaptive cruise assist is also on board to help manage driving.

The new A3 Sportback also offers more space and functionality than its third generation, combined with compact external dimensions. Depending on the position of the rear bench seat, the luggage compartment holds between 380 and 1,200 litres.

An electric tailgate, which can also be controlled with a foot motion, is available upon request.

The first Audi A3 Sportback vehicles are expected to arrive in Australia before the end of the year. Further details on specific models, pricing and specification will be announced closer to its local launch.

2021 Audi A3 Sportback
The fourth-generation 2021 Audi A3 Sportback
Mick Glenn
Mick Glenn
Mick is a car fanatic, with petrol pumping through his veins. With a deep love for cars, and what makes them tick, Mick likes things that go fast, very fast. But he also appreciates a Sunday cruise in the Rolls...... who are we kidding, he'd drive the wheels off that too.


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