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The Audi Q5, smaller but capable SUV

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Anyone looking for a massive SUV should look elsewhere, but if you want a capable, yet not too big SUV, you should check out the new and improved Audi Q5. While the SUV space is crowded, when looking at the best, it’s easy to come back to the Audi Q5, every time. Like most carmakers, Audi is going out of its way to make an appealing SUV on the outside and the inside, but it’s the only one that is truly succeeding in doing both, all while offering power and off-roading capability.

With an imposing front grill and distinctive headlights and turn signals, it’s obvious that the Q5 is part of the Audi family, and if you only get a look at it from the distance, you may think that it’s a Q7. But, once inside the cockpit and behind the wheel of an Audi Q5, you will certainly be blown away by the Virtual Cockpit System. Included is a massive 12.3 inch display, which replaced the analogue dials, and with easy customization, you will love the 1,440 X 540 pixel screen. With a few clicks of the steering wheel, you can select songs from your connected phone or add a new destination to the navigation system. While the virtual cockpit system isn’t a standard feature, it’s not expensive, and it certainly helps make the Audi Q5 stand out.

While most people love new tech, others want more power, and Audi doesn’t disappoint, and the company will offer a variety of powertrains. While the current Q5 offers a V8 engine, the new Q5 will not have one. Though, Audi quickly pointed out that the new four-cylinder engine gives drivers 252 horses and 273 lb-ft of torque. This actually beats the current generation six-cylinder engine, and the new four-banged will offer drivers a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds. Car owners who truly crave performance can get their hands on a future vehicle – the Audi SQ5, which will feature a turbocharged V6.

With a small and capable SUV, people will want off-roading capability, and the Q5 was certainly made for any terrain and weather condition. With a history of great off-roading vehicles, drivers now expect Audi to leave others in the dust. With 8.2 inches of ground clearance, the Q5 can clear just about anything that the world throws at it. While the Audi is great for off-roading, driving it on the freeway, through city traffic or on a curvy highway will not present any problems, unlike bulkier and larger SUVs. Without a doubt, this is a huge benefit as most SUVs either provide solid off-roading capabilities or great on-road capabilities, but nearly every other SUV on the market doesn’t offer both.

If you are looking to get an Audi Q5, you will have to wait till early Spring of this year. But, if you want to see a current Q5 or any other Audi, you can test drive one now at Audi of Tucson. If you do, you are sure to see how Audi makes great SUVs and cars.

The 2017 Audi A4 comes equipped with new technology that takes the guesswork out of waiting for the light to change. It’s called vehicle-to-infrastructure, or V2I technology. It allows the vehicle to communicate with municipal traffic systems and make intelligent predictions about traffic. The A4, Q7 and All-road models that were produced after June 2016 can have it. Drivers of those Audi models can use the new technology at almost all 1,300 Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada run traffic control systems.

This new time management device is available with the Audi Connect Prime package. The V2I systems let’s drivers know exactly how long it will take for the light to change. It even gives a countdown so you can see exactly how much longer you will have to wait. It’s a step in the direction of your automobile providing real-time traffic data. It’s anticipated this technology will help improve traffic safety and congestion when its fully developed. Drivers will know where traffic jams exist and avoid them. Audi is the first automotive manufacturer to use the system in Nevada.While this is great tech, there is so much more to most Audi cars and SUVs, and if you go to Audi of Tucson, you are sure to see how great Audi truly is.

The V2I system is displayed on the Audi’s Virtual Cockpit as a red light with a counter. Test have shown this simple feature helps the driver to relax a little in the middle of what can be a stressful commute. While it currently only works in Nevada, Audi is in talks with about a dozen other cities about bringing the V2I technology there. And, as more people drive connected cars, it’s anticipated that other cities soon will follow suit. This could help to reduce traffic light accidents dramatically if drivers use it properly.

Often it’s considered automotive news when a company talks about technology it will unveil in the future. Well, Audi is doing a lot more than just talking about innovation. The company already has it in place and benefitting customers while the competition is talking about what it will do over the next few years. The V2I technology Audi has debuted in conjunction with it’s virtual cockpit, which brings the future of driving to a road near you. Using the V2I technology you could end up getting to work or back home safer, faster and more relaxed. As it continues to evolve, it will yield many other benefits as well.

In some models, Audi has the V2I display and other elements integrated into a windshield display. This gives the driver all the real-time traffic information they need to make intelligent decisions. It allows the driver to assess a wide range of data without ever taking their eyes off the traffic in front of them. That can help prevent the many accidents that happen when a driver look away from traffic to the dashboard for a few seconds. That can help make any commute less stressful. Everyone can see the value in that.

Once again, Audi has proven itself to be a leader in automotive innovation. With the V2I system, it has succeeded in bringing us tomorrow’s technology today.

Audi Q5 Gets a Big Update

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The Audi Q5 is an excellent automobile, and it just got even better. The German automaker has just revealed several big updates it made to the gorgeous SUV. The changes to the 2018 Audi Q5 were revealed at the recently completed LA Auto Show and have many people rethinking what they are going to ask Santa for this Christmas. The team at Audi has people on their best behavior as they hope to get on Santa’s ‘nice’ list. That’s because the shiny new Q5 is the best looking vehicle many people have ever seen. This is no surprise. It’s just what you’d expect from this innovative automaker.

The 2018 Audi Q5 made quite a splash at the LA Auto Show. First introduced in 2009, the Q5 has become one of the top performing models in the Audi line-up. Now with dramatic updates made to both the interior and exterior of the 2018 Audi Q5, the vehicle is now the fulfillment of the wishes of many Audi enthusiasts. This vehicle has a sleek new look, all the creature comforts, performs like a champ and looks good doing it. This should put a smile on the faces of Audi dealership owners as customers rush in for the chance to see and experience this exciting new SUV that’s perfect for any driving situation. To see for yourself, check one out and take one for a drive at Audi of Tucson.

The changes to the exterior of the new Audi Q5 begin with its redesigned front fascia that now sports Audi’s three-dimensional Singleframe grille. The SUV also comes equipped with a new parking system that features sensors in the front and rear that will make drivers feel safe and confident, no matter how tight the spaces into which they’re trying to maneuver. This should come in handy whether they’re trying to fit into tight parking spaces or make their way through or around bumper to bumper traffic or roadway obstacles.

The interior of the Q5 has now been upgraded to include the best technology the innovative automaker has to offer. Audi’s groundbreaking virtual cockpit is now available on the 2018 Q5. That includes the 12.3-inch display replete with vivid visuals and colors which are supported through a 4G LTE connection. Drivers also have the option to upgrade and get a sound system by Band and Olufsen or a heads-up display that comes in full-color. These help to make riding around in the new Q5 even more exhilarating that it already was.

Audi has also made some substantive changes under the hood of its flagship SUV. The 2018 Audi Q5 will now get its power from a brand new 2.0 TFSI quattro engine. Plus the vehicle also has AWD to make it easier for drivers to navigate quickly and easily through any situation no matter how tough it may be. This helps to make the Q5 more nimble no matter the weather or road conditions.

Audi hasn’t yet said when this new updated version of the Q5 will be available. But smart drivers are already contacting Santa and their local Audi dealers.

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Audi continues to amaze. The company has taken two good cars and made them even better. Audi recently revealed that the 2018 Audi A5 will be available with a manual transmission and now boasts 369 lb-ft of torque. These enhancements will help the driver have an even more fun experience when driving down the highway. Long known for elegant lines, technological advances and smooth handling, these automobiles now give owners more options when ordering the vehicle of their dreams. And the Audi A5 and S5 are indeed the car many people worldwide dream about driving.To test drive an Audi or just look behind the wheel, head on over to Audi of Tucson.

The 2018 Audi A5 and S5 Coupes answer all question about what type of drivetrains and transmissions these European gems would offer the American market. The A5 has a 252-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 273 lb-ft of torque. Buyers in the American market will have the choice of either a classic six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission to pair with the engine they get. When combined in any order, these allow the 2018 A5 to go from zero to 60 mph in between 5.6 and 5.7 seconds. There is also an A4 sedan that’ll be released soon.

The 2018 S5 comes with a 354 horsepower 4-cylinder engine and 369 lb-ft of torque. This allows the 2018 A5 to go from zero to 60 in a brisk 4.4 seconds. It comes with either a manual or automatic transmission. The turbo-charged V6 S5 has an impressive 8-speed transmission. Skilled drivers know how to use the additional torque to get even more out of the automobile. It’s sleek, aerodynamic body is a combination of art advanced engineering designed to reduce drag and look good doing it.

Underpinning all A5 and S5 models is the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, which now includes torque vectoring. A vast array of shocks, springs and sway bars lets the driver decide when and whether they employ a standard or sport suspension. The use of comfort adaptive damping suspension aids in the process. This system employs constantly adjusting electronic shocks. This helps improve the ride. On the 2018 Audi S5, the available sports adaptive suspension plays the same role. Plus Audi also offers a dynamic steering option on the S5 with the power to alter steering ratios.

Audi has long been known for the latest technical advancements, and these new vehicles do not disappoint. The A5 and S5 have an extensive list of safety and lifestyle features, many of them standard. That includes a panoramic sunroof and LED interior lighting. Some of the options include the transformative Virtual Cockpit LCD instrument cluster and the Lane Keeping Assist. The 2018 A5 now also features the MMI touch system. This system enables drivers to use their fingers to draw characters.

Audi has signaled much more information is forthcoming. At that time, Audi plans to give more details about pricing and availability of the A5 and S5. It’s an exciting time to be an Audi lover with so many quality, technologically advanced, fun automobiles from which to choose. If you can’t wait and want a current model, you can still get your hands on a current Audi A5.

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If you liked the 1.8-liter A3 but longed for a bit more power, Audi has good news for you. The German automaker is releasing a front-drive 2017 A3 that features a more powerful 2.0-liter engine. That’s right, Audi has ditched the 1.8 liter engine on the A3, and now whether you choose the front or all-wheel drive model, it comes with a 2.0-liter unit that produces 186 horsepower, up from 170, and combines it with 221 pound-feet of torque. Plus no matter which drivetrain you choose, the new A3 looks even better than it did before. That makes 2017 model year a great one for A3 enthusiasts.

More Changes Equals Faster Starts

Along with the upgrade in horsepower and torque, the 2017 Audi A3 has several other welcome changes. The company has also replaced the A3’s old six-speed transmission with a brand new seven-speed dual-dual clutch transmission. Now when you put the pedal to the metal in your front-wheel drive 2017 Audi A3, it will not take a pedestrian 7.2 seconds to go from zero to sixty. The combination of the new transmission and more powerful 2.0 liter engine will get you to sixty miles per hour in an impressive 6.6 seconds. While you won’t be able to push the limits as much as you may want to, a test drive at Audi of Tucson would be wise.

Improved Fuel-Efficiency

Another plus – the upgrade to the new 2.0-liter I4 is that it not only provides the A3 with more power, it also makes it more fuel-efficient than the 1.8 liter version. EPA estimates show the vehicles gets better mileage in both city and highway driving. The new front-wheel drive A3 now gets 26 miles per gallon in city driving. That’s an increase of three miles per gallon. In highway driving, the 2017 Audi A3 now gets a two mile per gallon increase to 35 MPG. Although the upgraded all-wheel drive version will keep its six-speed dual clutch transmission in the short-term, it will soon be replaced by the seven-speed version.

More Changes, Aesthetic Improvements And Value

The new engine is a further upgrade after the 2017 A3 had been refreshed mid-cycle. The fascia in the front as well as the rear have been updated with new headlights plus a grille that’s wider. The new Virtual Cockpit uses a large configurable screen to replace the gauge cluster traditionally used.

When the front-wheel-drive 2017 Audi A3 goes on sale this fall, the sedan will cost $31,200, and about $37,600 gets you the Cabriolet. The sedan version of the top-trim four-wheel drive Prestige costs $40,150, and the drop-top is available for $46,550.

The Future Of Driving

The upgrades to the new 2017 Audi A3 are just the beginning. While A3 lovers worldwide are sure to enjoy the changes, there are several more coming to the iconic brand’s vehicles. Audi is long known for introducing groundbreaking automotive innovations, and the company shows no sign of slowing down. The new A3 is faster, more powerful, more fun to drive, and with its Virtual Cockpit technology, the company is leading the way into the future of driving.

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Audi is set to release its electric SUV in 2018. It’s a vehicle that will simply be called ‘e-tron’. Electric vehicles have long been a hot topic, and Audi is always in the forefront of the most innovative automotive technologies. By releasing an electric SUV in 2018, Audi is embracing groundbreaking new technology once again. Audi doesn’t need to tag its new electric SUV with an evocative name for it to stand out. The company will let its performance draw the attention from automotive enthusiasts.

Rupert Stadler, Audi’s CEO, recently revealed to British car mag Autocar that the electric SUV Audi will introduce in 2018 will simply be called e-tron. That’s very similar to e-tron quarto name the company used when the electric SUV concept was previewed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2015. Many reports had predicted Audi would call the new SUV the Q6 e-tron, a name more closely aligned with the naming scheme the company uses for its current SUVs. Stadler explained that the name e-tron is meant to evoke the ‘Quattro’ nameplate it used in the 1980s on its first all-wheel drive model the Coupe Quattro. To see how you like Audi or the handling, you should test drive one at Audi of Tucson.

For Audi, the e-tron name plays two roles. It denotes a particular piece of technology as well as a specific model. Therefore it’s expected that as the German automaker continues to produce other models with electrified powertrains that will continue to have the e-tron name. That’s exactly what Audi did with the designation ‘Quattro’. And Audi is nothing if not consistent and dependable. So it means in the coming years, the e-tron designation will be found on Audi’s next generation of electric cars.

German automakers have a penchant for being understated. By simply calling its electric SUV ‘e-tron’, Audi is following in that tradition. The company isn’t depending on interesting or attractive names to sell its new electric automobile. Audi has always earned its place in the automotive landscape with industry-leading technological advances and superior performance. And it plans to do exactly the same thing with the electric SUV. Audi, like many other German firms, see fancy names as trivial. To Audi, the real story is what happens when the vehicle hits the road.

In 2009 Audi introduced the e-tron name. It was used on the concept version of an electric R8 supercar. Audi has since released the Q7 e-tron plug-in hybrids, the A3 Sportback e-tron and the R8 e-tron. The new Audi e-tron seems likely to keep the powertrain and styling elements seen in Frankfurt last year on the e-tron quarto concept. It had a range of about 300 miles and got 430 horsepower from the combination of three electric motors. Audi has stated that it will soon start producing it at a Belgian factory, so it will be ready for launch in 2018.

Audi announced 25 percent of its vehicles for the U.S. market by 2025 will electric to meet stricter emission standards and compete with its rivals. So the electric SUV is likely the first of many electric Audi automobiles.

Audi is known for being a cutting-edge company, and its plans for an electric SUV shouldn’t be a surprise. Set to launch in 2018, it’s sure to be a game-changer.

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The new Audi A4 is the leader in its class when it comes to refinement, understated, evolutionary styling, elegance and comfort. It’s wider, longer, and much roomier inside than ever before. Its quieter, gets great fuel economy and is a dynamic performer on winding roads. Plus the engine responds instantaneously. Then there’s the A4s technologically advanced Audi Virtual Cockpit and seamless connectivity. The Audi MMI with its keys and buttons offering quick access makes it the simplest and most intuitive multimedia system. Include its five star rating and it’s easy to see Audi is taking their A4 in a bold new direction.

The new A4 has a longer wheelbase than the previous model. Even with its increase in size, the A4 weights as much as 120 kilograms less than before. Part of the reason for the loss in weight is its aluminum-intensive chassis which is 45 kg lighter than previous models. Although it appears much bigger because of its sleeker, tighter, more dynamic lines, as well as folds and creases, and a bolder Audi horseshoe radiator grill, the new A4 still boasts excellent fuel economy.

One example of Audi’s evolution in style is their full LED headlights which has DRLs and dynamic LED signal lights as well as taillights. Add an array of alloy wheel designs, an S-line bodykit, interior LED mood lights, soft, supple, rich-looking leather covered interior, along with sporty three-spoke steering wheel and you get a sense of the A4’s visual changes. Under the hood the evolution takes the form revamped engines including the 2.0-TDI diesel and 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline models available on the new Audi A4 which is devoid of lag and produces lower exhaust emissions and improved fuel economy.

The interior of the new Audi A4 is the largest in its class. Plus it’s quieter than ever. Add cosseting leather seats and the Audi Drive Select with its suspension settings, transmission sensitivity and engine mapping which can be tuned to dynamic, comfort or normal modes depending on the driver’s mood as well as the driving conditions and riding in the new A4 can be an exhilarating experience. The seven-speed dual clutch S-tronic transmission and lower weight helps give it a smooth ride, improved handling characteristics and dynamic performance on winding roads. While you can’t push the limits on a test drive, you should take an Audi A4 out for one at Audi of Tucson. That way, you will get at feel for the power it offers.

The new A4’s 12.3-inch LCD Virtual Cockpit technology is a game changer. The multidisplay system has multimedia settings including speedometer and tachometer or GPS and satellite navigation combinations. The soft-touch buttons and rotary dial on which you can scribble to search your connected mobile media device using Audi’s MMI system are futuristic. Android Auto and Apple Carplay are pre-installed. Plus the quick access buttons and keys on the Audi MMI makes it simple and very intuitive. Just plug in your cellphone or media device and the MMI syncs up to it.

With traction/stability control, ABS-EBD brakes and six airbags all standard and a five star rating to go with the new Audi A4’s comfort, technological advancements and refinements, and enjoy true luxury.

Next-gen Audi’s to get dynamic overhaul

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The message recently came down from people in the know that the next generation of Audi automobiles will be treated to a dynamic overhaul. Audi has committed to improving the steering feel of its new vehicles beginning with the 2017 A8. The company also said its new vehicles will have a more supple ride. Add Audi’s cutting-edge technology and it signals a very exciting time for Audi enthusiasts.

The plan is for Audi to redefine both the ride as well as the handling characteristics of its vehicles as the company launches each new generation. The promised changes are set to begin next year with the flagship of Audi’s fleet, the A8. Audi engineers have been given the task of maintaining the current generations sporty remit, while adding a wide range of new dynamic attributes. One of the most notable changes is expected to be the way the steering feels. Plus the ride settings are said to be more pliant where the engineers feel it’s appropriate. And, to see how appropriate Audi feels, check one of many out at Audi of Tucson.

The focus of Audi’s mainstream models has always been the way the vehicle rides as well as the handling balance. The goal was to make drivers feel they were controlling a sporty car. However, the cars were configured so they weren’t tiring to drive, especially when they were on the motorway going at high speed. The current generation of Audi automobiles are much better than previous generations in that regard. However, a common criticism of Audi automobiles is they have uninvolving dynamics. The German automaker has been listening to Audi owners and critics and are addressing the issue with each new generation.

The automakers goal for the next generation of the A8, for example, is to make it as comfortable as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the best selling automobile in its class. Plus the engineers at Audi will also seek to enhance the dynamic capabilities of the car. They will also continue to focus on the larger, mainstream Audi models’ comfort level when it comes to long distance driving. However, the new emission regulation make it necessary for the automaker to make advances when it comes to the calibration of the vehicles’ electrically power steering setup. The challenge is to do this while integrating new suspension technology designed to improve the way the vehicles ride and their handling characteristics.

The Audi models that are expected to benefit most from the improvement in technology are the faster S and RS. Still the better ride and handling will be experienced by people driving all Audi models. Plus Audi is set to make the ride much more compliant in the A1 and the A3. The feedback the company has gotten shows people think it’s more important that the ride feel more comfortable rather than sportier.

The technological advances will be added at the same time the Audi line will get an entirely new look created by design chief Marc Lichte. The sharp new design of the Audi Prologue concept gives a hint of how the 2017 A8 will look.

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The electric car is becoming more and more of a reality, and Audi is doing it’s best to make it a reality sooner. With three electric vehicles to take shape by 2020, you will star seeing on the road in no time. This is amazing if you think about it as the electric car always seemed out of reach. The company is famously tight-lipped, so there is not a lot to report, but, things are in motion. Here is a quick look at the three electric vehicles taking shape.

The electric version of the Q6 crossover is only just in the beginning stages, so if you have seen any photos of this vehicle, don’t fret. Whatever the final product will be, it’s bound to look good, and the company will offer both hydrogen fuel-cell and hybrid versions with ranges of over 300 miles. The Q6 EV will not just provide a little burst of power; it’s going to provide top performance consistently. Again, this is a fluid situation, so things can change, but rest assured, the Q6 EV is going to be a hit. While you may have to wait a while for electric vehicles by Audi, you should check out some current models at Audi of Tucson.

The crossover SUV will also spawn the second electric vehicle, which will be a variation on the Q6 EV, with a bit sportier bodywork. Audi is aiming to keep people interested in electric vehicles by making sure that they are still quick, powerful and fun to drive. Though, very little has been said about this vehicle, which means that Audi is probably hard at work to make something that will blow the public away.

The concept for the third vehicle is still being worked on, and it’s more than likely going to be an executive sedan. But, it’s unlikely to be an A9 as the company doesn’t want to price the car too high and lose potential buyers. Needless to say, the plan is to provide a high-end, luxurious experience as Audi wants to show that you can have your cake and eat it too. Meaning, the company wants to show that an electric vehicle doesn’t have to be boring and slow.

The company is very confident when it comes to electric vehicles, it predicts a 25 to 30 percent take rate by 2025. There is also a lot of talk of a hydrogen-fueled Audi, which is indispensable to the company. Not only that, self-driving vehicles, both electric and non-electric versions, should hit the road soon. While there have been a few high-profile deaths involving self-driving cars, they are still safer, and Audi wants to press on with this tech, and and the company has said as much.

If you are loyal Audi customer, you know that Audi fulfills it’s promises. Whether we talk about safety, reliability, power or luxury, Audi always delivers – usually above and beyond most peoples expectations. By buying an Audi, you will get all you desire in a car, and if you are waiting for an electric vehicle to come out soon, you won’t have to wait long as Audi is sure to deliver on time, if not early.

Audi A1

Audi is at it again. The tech-savvy German automaker is poised to take its industry leading automotive technology to even greater heights when the all new 2018 Audi A1 is released soon. As if the outstanding vehicles are not futuristic enough, the company promises that the new A1 will get a boost in both technology and quality. The tease has Audi enthusiasts waiting with bated breath to see just what the innovative automaker has planned. The first generation A1 supermini had already broken new ground with all the technology it contained, now comes word that the second-generation A1 supermini set to be released in 2018 is slightly larger and even more sophisticated.

According to automotive industry insiders, the improved design of the 2018 supermini makes it more comfortable and technologically advanced while being more practical. While the company is attempting to temper outsized expectations by saying the new A1 is more evolutionary than revolutionary, Audi lovers are still excited to see what changes this evolution has brought. Early reports say one of the many changes is designed to make rear seat passengers more comfortable by giving them additional room to spread out without the compromising speed and agility of the vehicle. But, it’s hard to read about it and make a decision, so you must test drive one out at Audi of Tucson.

The next major improvement hinted at along with the new platform is new engines. While the engines on the previous generation of A1s were stellar, Audi is said to have re-engineered the current 100 horsepower, 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo engine to make it more powerful and even more responsive. There’s talk that Audi may even add the new 1.5-liter diesel and gas engine that the VW Group recently created. However, those in the know say the new VW Group designed engines will likely be first debuted on the next Audi A3 and then be offered as an option on the 2018 Audi A1.

As if that wasn’t enough to satisfy people that love the groundbreaking cars produced by the innovative German automotive company, the aesthetics of the 2018 Audi A1 have been improved, as well. Reports say the 2018 A1 will have sharper headlamps that feature unique new signatures on its daytime running lights, wider taillights, as well as the option across the range to have scrolling indicators. The new dashboard will also feature Audi’s new 12.3″ Virtual Cockpit, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as part of the automaker’s updated version of their MMI infotainment system.

For those with an eye out for an RS1, in recent weeks several sources have reported that a 280 horsepower pocket rocket might grace the Geneva Motor Show next year. It has also been confirmed that Audi will move its production from its facility in Brussels to the SEAT Martorell plant located in Barcelona. It’s the same facility where Audi plans to build the Ibiza and its smallest hatchback alongside each other.

Yes, Audi has some exciting new changes planned for it 2018 A1. And true Audi A1 lovers are having a tough time waiting to see just what the future looks like via Audi engineers’ vision.