Wednesday, 26 August 2020

Audi Oman Introduces the Powerful Elegance: Audi Q3 Sportback

A compact SUV coupé with an expressive design and highly dynamic handling

Audi Oman, represented by Wattayah Motors, announced the addition of a compact SUV in coupé shape to its model range: the Audi Q3 Sportback. The new model combines the strong presence and versatile everyday convenience of an SUV with the sporty elegance and agile handling of a coupé. This makes it the first compact crossover of the Audi brand.

“We are delighted to welcome the arrival of the Audi Q3 Sportback to our showrooms in the Sultanate. The Audi Q3 Sportback embodies both strength and precision, which is reflective in all its design elements. The coupé-like passenger cabin acts as a contrast, with colors that emphasise the SUV’s character. It is the perfect vehicle of choice for driving in the city or for travelling for long distances,” said David Ryan, General Manager of Wattayah Motors.

Sporty on and off the road: the suspension

The Audi Q3 Sportback offers driving fun on various terrains. In the city, on long-haul routes, or on easy terrain – the compact crossover is a dynamic all-rounder. It features progressive steering as standard, whose gear ratio becomes increasingly direct as the steering angle increases, and the sport suspension.

Variable comfort: Interior and space concept

The Audi Q3 Sportback is 4.50 m long, 1.84 m wide and 1.56 m high; its wheelbase measures 2.68 m This results in a large and highly variable interior. The rear seats offer space for three people. They can be moved 130 mm longitudinally as standard; their backrests are divided into three sections, and their inclination can be adjusted in seven stages. The volume of the luggage compartment ranges from 530 l to 1,400 l The loading floor can be adjusted to two levels, and the rear shelf is located beneath it. As an option, Audi will deliver an electric tailgate that can also be opened and closed with a foot motion. The front seats – electrically adjustable and heated on request – offer a sporty position and a high level of comfort. Depending on the equipment, there are sports seats with contrasting stitching and colored stripes along the side panels.

In addition, Alcantara surfaces on the instrument panel and the armrests emphasize the progressive design philosophy. In the dark, the optional contour/ambient lighting package sets lighting accents with its 30 selectable colors.

Digital world: Displays and operation

The operating and display concept proves how Audi is pushing ahead with digitalization: Even the basic equipment includes a digital instrument cluster with a 10.25-inch screen diagonal, which the driver operates using the multifunction steering wheel. In the top-of-the-line system, MMI navigation plus, the displays appear in the Audi virtual cockpit, which offers many additional functions. A touch display measuring 10.1 inches is positioned in the center of the instrument panel. When a function is selected, it emits acoustic feedback. Just like in the brand’s full-size class models, it is surrounded by a wide, high-gloss black trim. Together
with the air-conditioning control unit located beneath it, the display is ergonomically tilted
10° towards the driver. On request, the 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit plus is available with three selectable layouts, including a particularly dynamic view.

The flat menu structure is complemented by a control unit that uses natural language and can also understand free wordings. Entering a navigation destination and the MMI search are based on free text input. The system recognizes the driver’s most frequent destinations based on previous journeys, allowing it to generate suitable suggestions. When doing so, it takes into consideration statistical empirical values regarding the traffic load and time of day.

The content of the smartphone is shown in the MMI display via Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and no cables are required if the top infotainment system is used with an iPhone. The Audi phone box and the Bang & Olufsen Premium Sound System with virtual 3D sound round off this comprehensive offer.

Outstanding in any situation: the assist systems
In the Audi Q3 Sportback, four systems are used for safety. These include the lane departure warning and the lane change warning. While the former helps the driver to remain in the lane, the latter points out critical situations when changing lanes, such as if there is a vehicle in the blind spot. The series scope in Germany also includes Audi pre sense front. If a head-on collision is imminent, it outputs a visual, acoustic, and haptic warning to the driver.

In an emergency, it causes full braking and initiates the Audi pre sense basic safety measures. This involves tightening the front seat belts, closing the windows and the optional sliding roof, and activating the hazard warning lights.

The adaptive cruise assist is a highlight of the optional systems. It takes the burden off the driver during longitudinal and lateral guidance. Ultra-modern systems such as the 360-degree cameras offer assistance with parking and maneuvering. They show the direct surroundings of the SUV coupé on the MMI display, and the driver can choose from several perspectives. The park assist automatically guides the car into and out of parking spaces. If, for example, the driver wants to back out of an entrance, the rear cross-traffic assist warns about approaching vehicles that the system classifies as critical.

“We would like to invite our customers and Audi brand enthusiasts to visit our showrooms and take a first-hand look at the magnificent Audi Q3 Sportback. We also encourage them to request for a test drive to truly experience its power and performance, alongside a unique driving experience,” he added.

Audi models are available in the Sultanate with a 5 years /75,000km service package, 3 years warranty and 24-hour roadside assistance. To learn more about Audi or to book a test drive, please call +968 24500200 or visit the Audi Oman showroom or www.audi-oman.com.