|July 5, 2011
Source: Audi of America
The Audi Q3 is the premium SUV in the compact segment, and its range of infotainment and multimedia systems taken directly from the luxury class underscores this status. As is typical for Audi, it follows a modular concept in which the components of the modular platform can be combined.
The chorus radio is the standard radio in the Q3. It offers a CD player that can also read mp3 formats and also has an Aux-in connection in the storage compartment in the center console. The chorus radio delivers its sound to eight passive speakers.
The concert radio is the first optional module. Its operating logic follows the MMI principle from the large Audi model lines. The manual fold-out monitor – a 6.5-inch color display – and a memory card reader are standard at this level. The concert radio has a tuner with phase diversity and a TMC tuner.
Audi offers the optional connectivity package featuring navigation system preparation in conjunction with the concert radio. The hardware is preinstalled, and the customer can activate the system at any time. An SDHC card with map data turns the radio into a navigation system. The connectivity package also includes a Bluetooth interface and the Audi music interface for the easy connection of a mobile player.
High-end media center: MMI navigation plus
Topping the infotainment lineup is MMI navigation plus, a high-end media center that is unmatched in this vehicle class. It comprises four primary components – the main unit with a 60 gigabyte hard drive, the radio unit, the MMI control terminal and the color display.
Thanks to its high 800 x 400 pixel resolution, the 7.0-inch monitor displays extremely sharp images. Graphics, including the cover art for the audio titles and the wizards for the main menus, are elegantly sculptured, as is the navigation map with many city models and points of interest.
A large rotary pushbutton is at the center of the MMI control unit on the front of the MMI navigation plus. It can be rocked like a joystick, which makes many functions even more convenient. Arranged around the pushbutton are the volume control, four soft keys and eight hard keys. The latter provide fast access to the Vehicle, Sound, Radio, Media, Menu, Telephone, Navigation and Info functions.
The MMI navigation plus system can store 20 GB of music on its hard drive. It includes two SDHC card readers and uses a Bluetooth interface and the Audi music interface to connect external players. The system also has a drive for audio and video DVDs and a voice control system that understands 12 languages. The driver can speak the destination address all at once, and also control the main radio, media and telephone functions by voice. The system’s on-board monitor can also display Cyrillic, Chinese and Japanese characters.
A number of additional modules are available for MMI navigation plus and the concert radio: a Bluetooth interface, a six-disc CD changer and a dual tuner for DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) reception. A Bluetooth cellular phone preparation kit connected to the car’s antenna makes using the phone convenient. The top-of-the-line system can also be supplemented with an analog/digital TV tuner.
Two high-end sound systems are available for the Audi Q3: the 180-watt, six-channel Audi sound system with ten speakers and the Bose surround sound system. The latter features a ten-channel receiver delivering 465 watts of power to 14 speakers, including a subwoofer. Their neodymium magnets combine powerful performance with low weight. The system uses a special algorithm to play stereo signals as 5.1 surround sound. Its amplifier uses a microphone to analyze intrusive noises and adjusts music playback accordingly.
From the concert radio up, Audi networks all of these systems using a MOST bus, in which the controllers are arranged in a ring and communicate with one another via fiber-optic cables. Designed specifically for the transfer of media data, the MOST bus is extremely flexible and makes it possible to also retrofit complex add-ons, such as navigation or Internet functions.