Any motor show is important for brands to get their ideas across and to show off their latest concepts and models for the coming years.
This year’s Paris Motor Show was a bumper event for Audi, as it unveiled four new road cars, new trim levels for one of its most popular vehicles and a new racing version of the A3 for 2017.
The main display was the revealing of the new A5 and S5 Sportback, which is Audi’s newest model in the executive coupe sector. With a beautifully designed interior and exterior, the A5 and S5 Sportback models are both technologically advanced also, with the Audi virtual cockpit coming as standard and is teamed with Audi Connect and smartphone interface. This new model will be arriving in Audi Showrooms in early 2017.
Also revealed for the first time was the all-new Q5 SUV, which was the best-selling model in its field during its first generation. This updated version of the mid-size SUV is more dynamic-looking than the previous model and has also lost 90kg to yield better efficiency and handling capabilities. The new Q5 will be in Audi Centres in Spring 2017.
To invigorate the A3 Saloon, the RS 3 Saloon will be introduced towards the end of next year. The medium-sized saloon has been given a wider track for more stability at high speed and a 394hp 2.5-litre engine, offering a 0-60mph time of 4.1 seconds and a top speed of 174mph. With a seven-speed transmission and quattro all-wheel drive, it comes with the stability and assurance of its RS predecessors.
For the Q3, Audi has introduced a new trim line-up to revitalise its small SUV. The new Black Edition will be the top of the range trim, which features metallic paint, privacy glass and extensive black detailing for a darker and more powerful look. With more accessories from the entry level, such as SD navigation, the Q3 is a more attractive option in the crossover market.
Finally, to entice privateer racing teams, Audi revealed its RS 3 Saloon LMS; a mean-looking race car for the international TCR touring car series. With its extensive racing upgrades, it will also be used in endurance events, such as the world-renowned Nürburgring 24 Hours.
It was obviously a very busy show for Audi, and to get more information on the new models, contact your nearest Inchcape Audi Centre.