Audi is planning to offer 4G LTE or 3G high-speed data connectivity to almost all of its 2016 model-year vehicles in the United States, partnering with AT&T. Only those US MY2016 models with the Audi connect infotainment system will be equipped with the data connectivity feature.
In 2014, Audi launched in-vehicle 4G LTE connectivity in the MY2015 A3 and S3 while its 3G service has been on the bucket list since 2011. Filip Brabec, director of product management for Audi of America, said in a statement that the connectivity services serve as a competitive advantage for the Audi brand.
According to Brad Stertz, Audi’s corporate communications manager, over 70 percent of new models sold in the US have Audi connect -- the A3, S3, A4, S4, allroad, A5, S5, Q5, A6, S6, A7, S7, RS7, TT, TTS, A8 and S8. These models will feature Audi connect for MY2016, with the exception of the R8.
Audi disclosed at the Geneva auto show that the next-generation R8 will be a 2017 model due early 2016 and will feature 4G LTE. Owners of the covered models will get an AT&T SIM card that will allow them to connect with either 3G or 4G LTE service while on the road – providing them access to improved traffic information and navigation, social media and mobile app integration as well as to over 7,000 radio stations and Internet radio.
The new A6/S6, A7/S7 and TT/TTS models will come with an upgraded version of Audi connect with 4G LTE featuring Google Earth and Google Street View, faster downloads and HD video streaming. Customers for both Audi and AT&T could opt for the Mobile Share data plan for $10 per month. Other rates depend on the amount of data and the length of time.