Here's what's new from Audi this year.
Audi of America has just announced full 2021 model year updates for the majority of its lineup. As expected, the carmaker has introduced additional safety equipment, more package and trim options, and new driver-assist features. Audi has also released pricing for its 2021 lineup except for the 2021 Audi TT models, while the 2021 A3, Audi Q5, e-tron, RS, and R8 models will have their own separate releases in the near future.
The 2021 Audi A4 and Audi A5 lineup see the most significant changes after being refreshed last year. New for 2021, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine 45 TSFI models now produce 13 additional horsepower for a total of 261 hp with a new 12-volt mild-hybrid system. The base 40 TFSI models also get a 13-hp bump, bringing the total to 201 hp, and now benefits from standard Quattro all-wheel-drive. A new Audi smartphone interface comes standard with wireless Apple CarPlay, lane departure warning, and an integrated toll module (ITM).
Audi also made some additions to the Convenience package, Premium Plus trim, Prestige trim, and Black optic package. The Convenience package gets a heated steering wheel and parking system plus; Premium Plus gets adaptive cruise control with active lane assist, a top-view camera system, and a hands-on detection steering wheel; and the Prestige trim gets heated rear seats.
Audi's larger sedans don't change as drastically for 2021 but still have some interesting updates. The 2021 A6 mainly benefits from larger wheels, more standard safety tech, and a Black optic sport package. The A7 also gets new safety tech as well as a top-view camera system and MMI Navigation High on the Convenience package. A7 models now ride on standard 20-inch wheels with available 21-inch sport wheels while the S7 rides on 21-inch wheels as standard.
All 2021 Audi A8 models will include 22-way ventilated front seats, Audi phone box, and a top-view camera system with a Virtual 360 view. Opting for the V8-powered 60 TSFI model nets a Sport style exterior kit, HD Matrix-design LED headlights, and Valcona leather.
For 2021, the Audi Q3 45 TFSI will only be offered with the S line exterior. It also gets power front seats with lumbar support, lane departure warning, progressive steering, and paddle shifters as standard equipment. The 2021 Audi Q7 includes side assist, pre sense rear, and pre sense front as standard safety equipment with some updates to the Convenience, Executive, Cold Weather, Warm Weather, and Driver Assistance packages. An SQ7 model with a V8 engine joins the lineup for 2021.
2021 will likely be the final model year for the TT before it is discontinued. To make the 2021 model special, Audi has made Fine Nappa leather S sport seats, smartphone interface, MMI Navigation plus, Audi Connect, Audi side assist, and a Bang & Olufsen sound system standard equipment. TT Roadsters now get neck-level heating as standard and the TTS will come with 20-inch wheels. Chronos Grey and Navarra Blue join the color choices for the TT and TTS.