High processing power: the new MIB 3
All control and infotainment functions in the Audi e-tron S and Audi e-tron S Sportback are operated via the MMI navigation plus. Behind it is the new third generation modular infotainment platform (MIB 3) with its high processing power. It cooperates closely with
the communication box, which connects the car with the environment via LTE advanced and with the passengers’ smartphones via a Wi-Fi hotspot. After the vehicle is started, the MIB 3 with all of its functions, apps, and services boots up within a few seconds. The navigation has new features: It provides information on the traffic flow for a specific lane and can make predictive calculations on its development.
One of the online services in the broad portfolio of Audi connect is the enhanced e-tron route planner. When calculating the optimum route, it calculates the overall travel time, i.e. the driving time and the charging time, and takes forecasts regarding the traffic situation and occupation of charging points into account. In any case, it plans the sections between the charging stops such that the driver arrives at their destination as quickly as possible. To do this, it may suggest charging twice with high power instead of one long stop with lower power. The directory of charging points, which often includes detailed information on the charging capacity, is updated every day.
Audi connect also includes the Car-to-X services that connect the car with the environment. For example, they can help with finding free parking spots on the roadside or allow the driver to surf the green wave by communicating with traffic lights. The Amazon Alexa service provides access to many thousands of Alexa skills. Features such as the Bang & Olufsen 3D premium sound system round off the infotainment offering.
Even greater confidence: the driver assist systems
Whether parking, in the city or on a long-distance drive, there are many assist systems in the Audi e-tron S and the Audi e-tron S Sportback to make the journey even more relaxing and effortless. They are available in two packages. Behind them is the central driver assistance controller (zFAS), which continuously computes an exact model of the environment. Data for this is provided by up to five radar sensors, six different cameras, and 12 ultrasonic sensors.
The efficiency assist is on board as standard. It supports an economical driving style by means of predictive information and, if requested by the driver, automatic recuperation. In conjunction with the optional adaptive cruise assist, which assists with longitudinal and lateral guidance, the system detects the traffic environment and the course of the road by means of sensor and navigation data as well as Car-to-X information. In this way, it can decelerate and accelerate the car predictively.
In the fall: market launch in Europe
The two electrically powered S models will be launched on European markets in fall 2020. In Germany, the base price for the Audi e-tron S starts at EUR 91,435.29; for the e-tron S Sportback, it starts at EUR 93,628.58.
All terms in blue in the text are explained in detail in the technology lexicon at www.audi-mediacenter.com/en/technology-lexicon.
The equipment, data and prices stated here refer to the model range offered for sale in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.