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Audi Q2
Look out world, here comes the Audi Q2. This diminutive car combines the visibility and roominess of an SUV with enough technological wizardry to make a tech geek’s head spin in a car the size of a hatchback. It’s all part of Audi’s plan to improve the driving experience and make it safer one car at a time. With the release of the Q2 Audi continues to introduce innovative automotive technology that’s ushering in the future of driving. This little car is expected to make a big splash with drivers in Europe when it’s released this fall. Sadly, it isn’t being released in the North American market.

The Audi Q2 has an innovative design. This coupe-like muscular crossover looks like it’s in a crouching stance ready to pounce. But inside it has a surprising roominess that belies its size. What really grabs people’s attention once they get in the Audi Q2 is its amazing array of technology. Unlike other crossovers, the Q2’s infotainment screen isn’t centrally mounted. Instead Audi has replaced the instrument cluster with a 12.3 inch high resolution Virtual Cockpit screen that provides both instrumentation and infotainment. It’s a great design element that frees up dashboard space.

This arrangement does more than just look good, it functions great as well. The navigation system is located behind the speedometer, so at a glance the driver can not only see where they are headed, but how fast they are going. Plus the Virtual Cockpit displays select smartphone content including a Twitter feed. And the screen is large enough that both the driver and front seat passenger can easily see it clearly. The configuration of the interior of the Q2 also helps improve the visibility of the Virtual Cockpit for anyone in the front seats. While it is easy to sit in, you should check one out for yourself at Audi of Tucson.

But that’s just the first of the conveniences offered by this great little crossover. People with the latest iPhones can even transfer addresses wirelessly directly into the navigation system of the Q2. People without iPhones can also take advantage of the crossover’s connectivity. There’s a free app which allows people with smartphones to be able to transfer information from their calendars directly into the vehicle’s infotainment system. The Audi Q2 also has onboard display along with a head-up display. This allows for the vehicle’s speed, navigational directions, and other data to be projected onto the windshield. Futuristic indeed.

But Audi’s forward thinking doesn’t end there. The Q2 also has loads of safety technology. There’s adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, and blind spot monitoring. These systems use forward facing cameras that allow the system to recognize traffic signs. Plus the Q2 also features full auto braking that immediately stops the car should a human, animal, or anything else suddenly get in the way. The coup de gras is that the Q2 can even park itself. No matter how tight the parallel parking spot, the vehicle can maneuver itself into it either forward or backwards. The driver simply controls the brake and throttle while the vehicle steers itself.

Audi SQ7

The Audi SQ7 TDI is a great automobile. It has a 4.8-liter V8 diesel engine assisted by two powerful turbochargers and an electric compress. Together they produce over 435 horsepower along with 664pound-feet of torque. The 2016 Audi SQ7 TDI powers the electromechanical adaptive suspension and one of the compressors with its newly introduced 48-volt electrical system . Plus it has an 8-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and a four-wheel steering system. It also delivers incredible performance and precise handling. The only problem is the Audi SQ7 TDI isn’t available in the United States. Yet. That may change soon, and if you want to get your hands on one or any other Audi, you can visit Audi of Tucson.

Well-placed sources say this could be the year Audi brings its TDI powered SQ7 to North America. Mark Dahncke, Audi USA’s spokesman, says he’s optimistic it will happen, but the decision to bring the Audi SQ7 TDI to the U.S. has not yet been made. While he did not confirm that the Audi SQ7 is on its way to a showroom or roadway near you, his statement is cause for optimism among Audi lovers and people that appreciate quality automobiles. Turbo diesel powered automobiles aren’t very popular in the U.S., but the Audi SQ7 TDI may help change that.

Many people got their first look at the 2016 Audi SQ7 TDI at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. For those who missed the announcement after the show, experts were raving that the new Audi SQ7 TDI is a technological tour de force. It packs a punch, has endless safety features, and is beautiful inside and out. Plus it represents the first time the S performance badge has been applied to Ingolstadt’s largest model. For American drivers, the downside is the vehicle was initially announced for the European market. Still, there’s a chance it can make its way to the States.

Another question about the potential for the Audi SQ7 TDI to make its American debut is whether American SUV buyers will be interested in a diesel powered vehicle. American automobile buyers have shown a distinct preference for gasoline powered vehicles. So Audi may be forced to swap the SQ7’s diesel engine for a gasoline powered one that’s just as powerful to please American motorists. But making this type of change for the U.S. market is nothing new for Audi. They did the same thing with the smaller SQ5. However, Dahncke said if the Audi SQ7 does come to North America, it will be a TDI.

In the wake of Audi’s diesel emission scandal which smeared the whole Volkswagen Group, deciding to sell a diesel powered SUV in the American market would be a very bold move by the German automaker. Audi has long been an ardent believer in diesel propulsion. And should they get approval to market the SQ7 TDI in the U.S., it would be a better value than its chief competitors, the diesel powered Range Rover, Porsche Cayenne, and the Mercedes GL-Class. It can also pave the way for Audi’s other TDI powered models. That’s sure to play a role in Audi’s decision.

off-road audi

‘A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.’ So says Juliet in William Shakespeare’s Romeo. The same thing can be said of the Quattro all-wheel-drive system created by Audi. That’s because the company has changed the name of their popular all-wheel-drive system to ‘Quattro Ultra’. While the name has changed, the quality and effectiveness of the system has remained the same. In fact, it has improved. Audi engineers have overhauled the design of the AWD system to improve its efficiency and now installs this more efficient Quattro Ultra system in its new automobiles. To see all that Audi has to offer, come to Audi of Tucscon.

Audi is not a company that rests on its laurels. That’s why even though its Quattro AWD system was among the best in the automotive industry, the company still asked its engineers to improve it. The result of their efforts is an improved AWD system Audi calls the Quattro Ultra. During normal driving this new version actually disconnects the rear wheels and re-engages them instantly when a slip is detected or more spirited driving is desired. This allows the vehicle to use front-wheel drive during normal driving conditions, but immediately change to all-wheel drive when ever its needed.

The Quattro Ultra system acquires and analyzes an incredible variety of data every ten milliseconds. Some of the information the system processes includes engine torque, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, and steering angle. Using this information the intelligent software is able to accurately predict if one of the wheels is going to slip about 0.5 of a second before it happens and instructs the rear axle to increase traction. Even on the rare occasion when it isn’t possible to predict the slip, like when a wheel goes from dry asphalt to ice covered roadway, the system instantly makes the corrections. On winding roads the Quattro Ultra makes sure the rear wheels are constantly engaged.

The system also uses information on ambient conditions, electronic stability control data, driving situation, as well as which driving mode of the Audi Drive Select system the driver has chosen, to decide the amount of drive torque to send to each axle. Due to the use of the Quattro Ultra system, drive torque can always be distributed optimally between the two axles. Plus on vehicles equipped with the optional Sport Differential the Quattro Ultra system is enhanced and provides even more refined handling. It does this by distributing the drive torque from one rear wheel to the other. The result is more predictable road behavior and increased agility.

Audi is one of the most forward-thing automobile manufacturers in the world. They have a wide range of futuristic automotive technology they integrate into their new automobiles each year. The Quattro Ultra AWD system is just one of them. Audi’s new Quattro Ultra all-wheel-drive system was designed to be used with most of the next-generation Audis that feature longitudinally mounted front engines. The new and improved Quattro Ultra all-wheel-drive system will see its first application when the new Audi A4 Allroad is released later this year.

Audi Q5

Reports say Audi has entered the final stages of the new Q5s development. Spy shots of the Q5 during winter testing reveal the all-new second-generation Q5 slated to be released later this year has a front-end treatment that’s similar to what Audi did with the Q7. However, its headlights are more angular and is surrounded by a thick grille and finished in chrome. The rear lights are more rakish, but the Q5 has maintained its muscular profile. It will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2016 in the UK. To see current Audi models availble in the United States, come down to Audi Of Tucscon.

The mid-sized SUV features a new, more contemporary look and its high-quality new interior shows off Audi’s latest in-car connectivity functions. Audi will release a frugal, stylish, plug-in hybrid followed soon afterwards with a performance-orientated RS Q5 that will blow automotive enthusiasts away when they put it through its paces.

The new 2016 Audi Q5 has shed over 100kg and been re-engineered from scratch. At about 1600kg the price-leading, entry-level model features rear-wheel drive and is lighter than vehicle in the new line-up because it adopted the latest iteration of Audi’s MLB platform. The Q5 uses more cast aluminum elements and hot-formed high-strength steel and more rigid underpinnings compared to its 7 year old predecessor. However, it is still around 4700mm in length, 1950mm wide and 1650mm in height. Its moderately increased 2810mm wheelbase provides more leg and shoulder room, and a larger boot.

The new Q5 has a more rugged look, more prominent wheel arch flares and larger wheelhouses. However the clamshell-style one-piece tailgate featuring integrated tail-lights has been retained. Buyers can choose between the standard LED bi-Xenon headlights or optional LED-based Matrix units. The new Q5 has a highly contemporary dashboard, three different control systems, 3-D camera technology which provide several driver aids, and two different Nvidia Tegra 30 chipsets which can work with the new Google Earth 7.0-based navigation and MMI Plus. It will be available with four-cylinder and V6 fuel-saving diesel and petrol engines.

Audi also plans to offer options like a new hybrid plug-in driveline option which uses two electric motors and a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre petrol engine. This allows the new Q5 get up to 31 miles on electricity alone. Audi is said to be considering several performance engine options for the Q5 and a more powerful 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. There are also rumors about a planned twin-turbocharged 500 horsepower 3.0-litre V6-powered RS Q5 model. An added optional rear-wheel drive with the four-cylinder diesel and petrol engines with the least power and the choices among a six-speed manual, seven-speed dual-clutch automatic S tronic, and an automatic eight-speed with a torque converter, and buyers will have options galore.

The new Q5 will have a new five-link front and rear suspension system that has adjustable dampers and steel springs and an optional air suspension with an automatic self-levelling feature to enhance the ride and improve towing. The new Q5 will be produced in Aurangabad, India, Changchun, China, and Audi’s new factory in San José Chiapa, Mexico.