New for 2015: Audi
By Jeff Youngs, February 22, 2015
2015 Audi Overview
Look at Audi's 2015 model lineup and one thing becomes clear: the company's engineers and designers certainly haven't been enjoying a lot of leisure time. While many of the automaker's models may appear to be direct carryovers from 2014, the truth is most models--such as the A4/S4, A5/S5/RS 5, A6/S6, A7/S7/RS 7, and TT/TTS--return with changes ranging from added standard features to new paint colors and option packages. The A8 and S8 go a step further with updated front and rear styling, and the R8 is tweaked with an Alcantara headliner and Laser Red brake calipers. Audi's Q5 and Q7 crossovers and Allroad wagon have been updated as well, and are now joined by the all-new, 4-cylinder-powered Q3. Also making its debut is the 2015 A3, a smaller alternative to the A4, one that's available in sedan and convertible body styles.
2015 Audi A3/S3
Until recently, the so-called entry-level sedan in Audi's lineup was the A4, but that changes with the launch of the all-new A3, which is also available in convertible (or, in Audi terms, cabriolet) form. Buyers have their choice of front-wheel drive (FWD) or all-wheel drive (AWD), turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, and a 292-horsepower sport variant dubbed the S3.
- All-new model for 2015
- Sedan and convertible body styles
- FWD or AWD capability
- Turbocharged gasoline and diesel 4-cylinder engines available
2015 Audi A4/S4
Audi's popular A4 sedan returns for 2015 in Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels, which now feature the sporty S line style package, headlight washers, 60/40 split-folding rear seat, and triple-zone climate control as standard equipment. In addition to those upgrades, the 2015 Audi A4 has new Technology (formerly Navigation) and Sport Plus packages, as well as an S line Competition package consisting of black mirrors, piano black interior accents, and leather/Alcantara upholstery. All 2015 A4s are fitted with a 220-horsepower, turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that drives either the front or all four wheels.
For those who prefer to dial things up a notch, the 333-horsepower AWD S4 also continues to be available and shares upgrades with the 2015 A4.
- Standard triple-zone climate control, headlight washers, and 60/40 split-folding rear seat
- Optional 18- and 19-in. alloy wheels
- Updated equipment packages
- Florett Silver Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Sepang Blue Pearl, Daytona Gray Pearl, Utopia Blue Metallic, and Tornado Gray Metallic paint colors
2015 Audi A5/S5/RS 5
Essentially a 2-door coupe or convertible version of the A4, the AWD 2015 Audi A5 is available in the same Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige trim levels and draws power from the company's turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Progressively sporty S5 and 450-horsepower RS 5 models are also on the menu.
For 2015, the A5 has been treated to the S line exterior styling treatment on all but the base Premium trim level, which has been upgraded with standard HID headlights and LED taillights. Further enhancements include a lane-departure warning system bundled with the Navigation and Technology packages, the introduction of Sport Plus (replaces High Gloss Black package) and S line Competition packages, new carbon fiber engine cover and red brake calipers for the 2015 RS 5, and available matte black 20-in. wheels.
- Unique 18- and 20-in. alloy wheels
- New paint colors
- Added standard features
- Revised package content
2015 Audi A6/S6
Compared with many other Audi models, changes to the 2015 A6 and S6 are relatively minor, though still noteworthy. Among this year's enhancements are the debut of a Warm Weather package consisting of 4-zone automatic climate control and rear sunshades, standard lane-departure and rear-collision warning systems on certain configurations, and the addition of a head-up display and rear LED taillights on the top-of-the-line Prestige trim level.
The 2015 Audi A6 can be equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, gasoline-powered 3.0-liter V-6, or diesel-powered 3.0-liter V-6 engine. Packed under the hood of the 2015 S6 is a 420-horsepower V-8.
- Warm Weather package (3.0T and TDI Premium Plus models)
- Additional safety features
- Standard head-up display and LED headlights (Prestige model)
2015 Audi A7/S7/RS 7
Audi's sleek A7 4-door coupe, also available in S7 and RS 7 variants, has been mildly updated for 2015 with, among other things, a new Carbon package offered exclusively on the 560-horsepower RS 7 that includes a carbon front splitter and rear diffuser, sport exhaust system, red brake calipers, and a specially tuned chassis.
Trim levels for the 2015 Audi A7 consist of the gasoline- or diesel-powered Premium Plus and Prestige, both of which now feature standard lane-departure and rear-collision warning systems, and 4-zone automatic climate control. The A7 Prestige adds LED headlights and a head-up display.
- Added standard features
- Carbon package (RS 7)
2015 A8/S8/A8 W12
Revised front and rear styling highlight the updates for Audi's flagship sedan, the A8 (and its high-performance variant, the S8). On top of that, the turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 engine's output has increased from 420 to 435 horsepower, designers have created a new sampling of 20-in. alloy wheels, interior styling options have been revised, and the 2015 A8's available night-vision safety system now includes an animal-detection feature.
Shoppers considering the 2015 Audi A8 have their choice of short- and long-wheelbase versions, as well as several gas- and diesel-powered engines, including a 500-horsepower W12.
- Revised styling
- Updated interior color options (S8)
- More powerful turbocharged, 4.0-liter V-8 engine
- Redesigned 20-in. alloy wheels
- Added safety systems, including night-vision safety with animal detection
2015 Audi Allroad
Audi's AWD Allroad wagon is perhaps the least updated model in the company's 2015 lineup, as its changes include only a set of redesigned 18-in. alloy wheels, triple-zone climate control, and newly standard items such as LED taillights, HID headlights, and a power tailgate. Power comes from a turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine.
- Redesigned 18-in. alloy wheels
- Standard power tailgate, rear privacy glass, HID headlights, and LED taillights
- Triple-zone automatic climate control
2015 Audi Q3
Like the A3, the Q3 is an all-new model for 2015, slotting in beneath the existing Q5 and aimed squarely at buyers on the hunt for a small luxury crossover. Available with FWD or AWD, the 5-passenger 2015 Q3 is offered in Premium Plus and Prestige trim levels and is equipped with a standard turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft. of torque.
- All-new small crossover SUV
- FWD or AWD
- Seating for 5
2015 Audi Q5/SQ5
Serving as Audi's midsize crossover, the AWD 2015 Q5 truly offers something for most anyone, thanks to a powertrain lineup that includes a base 4-cylinder engine, 272- and 354-horsepower V-6s, 6-cylinder diesel that generates 428 lb.-ft. of torque, and a hybrid variant that averages an EPA-estimated 30 mpg on the highway. Trim levels include Premium, Premium Plus, and Prestige.
Among the revisions for 2015 are a standard power tailgate and HID headlights on all variants, new paint colors, lane-departure warning system added to the Navigation and Technology packages, introduction of a High-Glass Black package for the performance-oriented SQ5, and an Audi Exclusive Line package for the Q5 Hybrid.
- Several new paint colors
- Upgraded and additional option packages
- Premium trim levels add standard HID headlights and power tailgate
2015 Audi Q7
There are no major changes marking the arrival of the 2015 Audi Q7 crossover, though several new equipment packages and a few content tweaks distinguish this year's model from its predecessor. New-for-2015 options include Offroad Style Plus and Sport Style Plus packages, each with various black exterior accents, unique exterior styling touches, and either 20- or 21-in. alloy wheels. In addition, the Luxury package trims the interior in copious amounts of leather below an Alcantara headliner, the mid-level Premium Plus trim level now boasts Audi's side-assist safety technology as standard equipment, and the top-of-the-line Q7 Prestige features the company's Cornerview camera system.
Engine choices include supercharged V-6 gasoline engines generating 280 or 333 horsepower, and a turbocharged diesel that produces 406 lb.-ft. of torque.
- New and upgraded option packages
- Standard chrome accents
2015 Audi R8
With a redesigned 2016 model on the horizon, changes for the 2015 Audi R8 have been kept to a minimum. Updates include the addition of standard power-folding heated mirrors, optional Alcantara headliner with diamond stitching, Laser Red brake calipers, available sport exhaust system, and a few new paint colors. R8 shoppers continue to have their choice of hardtop and convertible (spyder) body styles, as well as 430-horsepower R8 V8, 525-horsepower R8 V10, and 550-horsepower R8 V10 Plus variants.
- Several new paint colors
- Alcantara headliner
- Optional sport-tuned exhaust and Laser Red brake calipers
2015 Audi TT/TTS
Offered with standard AWD and either a coupe or convertible (referred to as roadster, in this case) body style, the Audi TT and more powerful TTS models return for 2015 with a number of upgrades, among which are standard heated front seats, optional black leather-wrapped roll bars, S line Plus Carbon package (TT), and a new Competition package (TTS) featuring a rear spoiler, black brake calipers, silver alloy wheels, and premium leather upholstery with Imola Yellow accents.
- Standard heated front seats
- Restyled alloy wheels
- Optional black leather-wrapped roll bar
- Competition package
- S line Plus Carbon package
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