Changes to the 2022 Audi Models

Jack R. Nerad | Nov 09, 2021

For the 2022 model year, Audi has significantly expanded its electric vehicle (EV) offerings while at the same time introducing an all-new bread-and-butter A3 model with a gasoline-fueled drivetrain. In a shot across Tesla's bow, Audi says it expects to have more battery-electric vehicles on sale in the United States than any other luxury-brand manufacturer by the end of calendar year 2021. This means multiple new 2022 E-tron models, including the 2022 Audi E-tron GT, RS E-tron GTQ4 E-tron, and Q4 E-Tron Sportback.

2022 Audi E-tron S and E-tron S Sportback 1

The additional new models are part of Audi's commitment to achieving net carbon dioxide neutrality by 2050. While that date seems distant, Audi expects 30 percent of its complete model lineup to be electrified by 2025. The brand includes both pure battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in its "electrified" total, by the way.

That said, the most critical models Audi has introduced for the 2022 model year are the all-new versions of the Audi A3 and Audi S3 small luxury sedans. In a bow to electrification, the A3 features a 48-volt electrical system and mild-hybrid powertrain for the first time.

Changes to individual model lines are listed below in alphabetical order.

2022 Audi A3/S3/RS 3 Changes - Find the best Audi deals!

The Audi A3 small luxury sedan and its S3 sport sedan sibling are all-new for the 2022 model year. The headline news is the use of mild-hybrid tech in the A3 for the first time. The standard 48-volt system gives the restyled sedan additional torque when accelerating from a stop and smooths gear changes. The new powertrain even enables coasting for added fuel efficiency. Audi says the new A3 40 TFSI quattro is 24 percent more efficient than the previous A3 quattro.

The S3 sticks with a conventional turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, but its output is up 18 horsepower, and it has more torque. The high-performance Audi RS 3 is the recipient of a boost to a heady 401 hp, giving it a claimed top speed of nearly 180 mph.

2022 Audi A4/S4 Changes - Find the best Audi deals!

The Audi A4 compact luxury sedan has few substantive changes for the 2022 model year. A Black Optic appearance package is now available on the A4 40 TFSI trim level. Meanwhile, the more powerful A4 45 TFSI version gets the previously optional sport suspension as standard. The high-performance S4 returns for 2022 with carbon inlays as its most significant change versus the 2021 model.

2022 Audi A5/S5 Changes - Find the best Audi deals!

The most substantial change to the Audi A5 for 2022 is a new 19-inch all-season tire option. Like its 4-door A4 sibling, the stylish A5 Sportback 40 TFSI features the availability of an optional Black Optic package. Audi made a sport suspension standard on the A5 S-line coupe and Sportback for 2022 as well.

2022 Audi A6/S6 Changes - Find the best Audi deals!

An improvement to the infotainment system is the most noteworthy change to the Audi A6 midsize luxury sedan for 2022. The Premium trim gets a larger 10.1-inch MMI screen and Audi's digital Virtual Cockpit Plus. A Black Optic package is now available on the A6 45 TFSI.

The high-performance S6 gets rear side airbags, and new 21-inch alloy wheels are added to its Black Optic package.

2022 Audi A7/S7 Changes - Find the best Audi deals!

Audi considers the A7 luxury hatchback to be its style icon, and for 2022 the model gets enhancements that include a larger MMI display screen, Virtual Cockpit Plus, direct tire-pressure monitoring (the sensor is mounted directly on the wheel), and rear side airbags.

The high-horsepower S7 performance variant of the A7 also benefits from a direct tire-pressure monitoring system and rear side airbags.

2022 Audi E-tron Changes - Find the best Audi deals!

The Audi E-tron and E-tron Sportback battery-electric SUVs return largely unchanged for 2022 except for package changes. But the performance-oriented 2022 Audi E-tron S and E-tron S Sportback have been added to the lineup. The E-tron S models employ two electric motors on the rear axle and one on the front to provide nearly 500 hp.

Among the non-S E-trons, the Chronos Edition replaces the Prestige, and it features special gray exterior paint plus the S-line interior. The E-tron Sportback Premium trim now gets an array of driver-assist features, and 22-inch sport wheels are available in a package on the Prestige trim.

2022 Audi E-tron GT Changes - Find the best Audi deals!

The 2022 Audi E-tron GT and the high-output RS E-tron GT are the brand's top-of-the-line battery-electric vehicles. The twin grand tourers offer the classic exterior styling of conventional gasoline-fueled cars combined with impressive performance from their electric powertrains.

Audi says the 637-hp RS E-tron GT will jet from zero-to-60 mph in just 3.1 seconds. The full-charge range for the E-tron GT is 238 miles, while the RS E-tron GT has a claimed 232 miles of range on a single charge.

2022 Audi Q3 Changes - Find the best Audi deals!

A lengthy list of newly standard features headlines the 2022 model-year changes for the Audi Q3 small crossover SUV. Audi has added the next-gen MIB 3 infotainment system, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and parking assist to the standard equipment list. A surround-view camera system is now included on the Premium Plus trim.

Audi Q4 E-tron Changes

The Audi Q4 E-tron models are all-new for 2022. They represent the brand's entry-level lineup of battery-electric-powered crossover SUVs. The rear-drive Q4 40 E-tron powered by a single asynchronous electric motor is the least expensive of the three-model lineup. The Q4 50 E-tron and the Sportback offer an all-electric version of Audi's quattro 4-wheel drive using dual asynchronous motors to power the wheels. All three variants seat five and offer roomy interiors. The quattro models can tow up to 2,600 pounds when properly equipped.

Q4 E-tron buyers can take advantage of Audi EV perks like using an Electrify America public DC fast-charging plan and in-home charging solutions.

2022 Audi Q5/SQ5 Changes - Find the best Audi deals!

The Audi Q5 crossover was refreshed in 2021, but the Q5 45 TFSI sub-model gets an enhanced exterior for the 2022 model year. Since black is the new black, a Black Optic package is available for 2022 on the Q5 45 TFSI, Q5 Sportback 45 TFSI, and Q5 55 TFSI e. The Q5 55 TFSI e also adds sport seats to its standard equipment roster.

2022 Audi Q7/SQ7 Changes - Find the best Audi deals!

The Audi Q7 large crossover SUV adds rear side airbags as standard. Heated, power-folding exterior mirrors with memory, direct tire-pressure monitor, and interior ambient lighting are also added to the standards on the Q7. Of course, a Black Optic package has been made available on the Q7 45 TFSI. The high-performance SQ7 now has adaptive cruise control and active lane-keeping assistance as standard features.

2022 Audi Q8/SQ8 Changes - Find the best Audi deals!

The Audi Q8 large crossover SUV receives additions to its various trim packages for 2022. The Premium trim adds 21-inch wheels, low-profile tires, rear side airbags, direct tire-pressure monitor, and auto-dimming power-folding exterior mirrors. The Premium Plus now has adaptive cruise control and active lane-keeping assistance.

The enthusiast-oriented SQ8 gets those features as well. A newly available package on the sport model includes heated rear seats and sunshades for the rear windows.

2022 Audi R8 Changes - Find the best Audi deals!

For 2022 Audi adds horsepower to its R8 mid-engine sports car to keep it relevant as competitive power numbers continue to escalate. The R8 Coupe V10 Performance RWD S tronic has a 562-hp version of the Audi V10 engine with rear-wheel drive. The R8 Coupe V10 performance quattro S Tronic has a 602-hp version of the V10 engine, quattro all-wheel-drive, and a special exhaust package.

The two R8 Spyder models essentially mimic the equipment of the two coupes but with a convertible body style.

2022 Audi TT Changes - Find the best Audi deals!

A new Bronze package is the lone substantive update on the 2022 Audi TT sport coupe. Available on the TTS trim level, it includes a Black Optic exterior plus 20-inch bronze wheels, Nappa leather interior, and bronze-colored trim.

Audi is the source of information in this article. It was accurate on November 1, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker's website or your local dealership.

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