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2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe, Sportback get exterior design, technology updates

For the 2021 model year, the RS 5 Coupe and Sportback have received a mid-cycle update and gotten special edition options.

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Fresh looks and new special editions are on tap for the 2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe and Sportback. The two models also get the company's new infotainment system as part of their mid-cycle refresh.

The refined refined exterior of the models brings them in line with the latest design in the Audi lineup. The Singleframe grille is flatter, wheel arches are wider, and the LED headlights are standard. At the back are new pentagon-shaped, contoured inlets. The more confident stance further differentiates the RS 5 from the A5 and S5.

2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe and Sportback The 2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe and Sportback Black Optic special edition model will feature a black roof.Photo courtesy of Audi AG

Horizontal lines dominate the interior of the RS 5. Standard honeycomb stitched S sport seats with RS embossing include power side bolsters and massage function, and are covered in fine Nappa leather, along with the center console and door armrests. The RS 5 Sportback is also now standard equipped with heated rear seats.

At the center of each model is now the 10.1-inch infotainment screen, which runs using the MIB3 operating system. That system allows for standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, among other capabilities. Special RS displays provide information on tire pressure and temperature, torque, power output, engine oil temperature, boost pressure, lap times, acceleration measurements and g-forces. The optional head-up display also offers an exclusive RS display mode.

All RS 5 Coupe and Sportback cars feature the automaker's 2.9-liter bi-turbo V6 engine that creates 444 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. The Coupe can get from zero to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds while the Sportback takes 3.8 seconds. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The company's RS sport suspension is standard. With the available Dynamic package, the RS sport suspension with the Dynamic Ride Control uses steel springs and adjustable dampers to increase the support and reduce pitch and roll movements to improve the vehicle's overall driving dynamics.

2021 Aud RS 5 Ascari launch edition

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Audi will sell the models in two new variants: the Ascari launch edition and the Black Optic launch edition. Both have unique exterior and interior design elements that set them apart from the flock.

The Ascari model has Ascari Blue metallic paint, bue brake calipers and ceramic front brakes, 20-inch five-arm-flag design forged wheels in silver finish with summer performance tires, carbon fiber trimmed engine cover, three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel in Alcantara with shift paddles, Audi dynamic steering which offers a variable steering ratio that adjusts based on vehicle speed and the Audi drive select setting, painted matte alu optic side sill inlays, RS Carbon matte inlays, RS design package interior with gray contrast stitching, RS sport suspension plus with Dynamic Ride Control, RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipes, the driver assistance package, and the navigation package. Just 25 Coupe and 100 Sportback versions of the car will be made.

The Black Optic model's features list is slightly different and includes more options for buyers. It starts with 20-inch five-segment-spoke-evo design wheels in high-gloss black finish with summer performance tires. Buyers can choose from Mythos Black, Glacier White, Daytona Gray, Nardo Gray, or Tango Red paint colors. Black details extend from the Audi rings and badges to the room (excludes Mythos Black), mirror housings, front spoiler, and rear diffuser trim. It has the same steering wheel as the Ascari model and also features dynamic steering.

Audi has given the RS 5 Black Optic a dynamic package that includes red brake calipers, RS sport suspension with Dynamic Ride Control, and the RS sport exhaust system with black tailpipes. It also features RS Carbon matte inlays, RS design package interior with red contrast stitching, the driver assistance package, and the navigation package.

Slightly more of these will be made - 100 Coupe and 325 Sportback models.

All RS 5 models come standard equipped with Audi pre sense city and lane departure warning. The available side assist package adds Audi pre sense rear, Audi side assist, and matte alu optic exterior mirror housings. The available RS driver assistance package adds adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, active lane assist with hands on detection steering wheel, park assist, top view camera system, and head-up display with traffic sign recognition.

The 2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe starts at $75,100. The 2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback starts at $75,400. Special edition pricing ranges from $87,400 for the 2021 Audi RS 5 Coupe Black optic launch edition to $95,900 for the 2021 Audi RS 5 Sportback Ascari launch edition. The price excludes a $1,405 designation charge.

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The new Tiguan sports an all-new front-end design.

Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Tiguan is an interesting compact SUV with a fun-to-drive personality and plenty of style. After 14 years on sale, the Tiguan is just in its second generation, but VW has given it a significant update for the 2022 model year that brings new tech, updated styling, and a refreshed interior.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan The rear has been massaged with new badging and standard LED taillights. Volkswagen

The restyled Tiguan is available in four trim levels: S, SE, and SE R-Line Black. All models get a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive are standard, but VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive can be optioned in.

Styling updates are the big story for the 2022 Tiguan. The front end is entirely new and carries design cues from the larger Atlas and Atlas Cross Sport. LED headlights are now standard, and an illuminated light line is available for the SUV's grille. On the rear liftgate, the Tiguan model name lettering also mirrors that of the Atlas, with the name spelled out underneath the VW logo.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan Most trims get an 8-inch touchscreen.Volkswagen

Inside, the Tiguan now comes standard with heated seats, while a heated steering wheel and ventilated seats are available. Cloth upholstery is standard, while mid-range trims get leatherette. The top SEL R-Line comes with leather and a perforated leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. Front-wheel drive models come standard with three rows of seating as well, making the Tiguan one of the more family-friendly vehicles in its class.

2022 Volkswagen Tiguan The top trim gets upscale leather upholstery.Volkswagen

The base Tiguan S comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen running Volkswagen's excellent MIB 2 software, but all others get MIB 3 infotainment software running on a glass-covered 8.0-inch touchscreen. The automaker notes that it's a capacitive touch system, which functions more like a smartphone than other infotainment systems, which sometimes require pressure to register a touch input. All Tiguans get a digital gauge cluster with an 8-inch display, while the top SEL R-Line upgrades to a 10.25-inch configurable gauge cluster that offers full-screen navigation and other views.

Pricing for the 2022 Volkswagen Tiguan starts at $25,995 for the base S trim with front-wheel drive. Adding all-wheel drive pushes the prices to $27,495. All Tiguan models will see a $1,195 destination charge tacked on at the bottom line.

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Both the Jetta and Jetta GLI are refreshed for 2022.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen is busy in 2021. The automaker has a brand-new SUV in its lineup and is implementing tech updates for almost all of its vehicles. The venerable Jetta sedan is one of them, but along with new tech, the car receives a new engine and updated safety features for the 2022 model year.


2022 Volkswagen Jetta The Jetta GLI gets standard projector LED headlights.Volkswagen


The 2022 Jetta gets the new turbo-four that powers VW's freshman SUV, Taos. It's a 1.5-liter unit that makes 158 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The Jetta GLI is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard, and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is available.

Both cars are based on VW's MQB platform, but the GLI gets additional go-fast chassis and handling components. Like its spiritual cousin, the Golf GTI, the Jetta GLI carries a VAQ electronically-controlled torque-sensing limited-slip differential. That extremely hyphenated component works with the car's XDS Cross Differential System and DCC adaptive dampers to help keep things tidy when the driver puts their right foot down.


2022 Volkswagen Jetta The Jetta comes standard with a digital gauge cluster.Volkswagen


Styling updates include new front and rear bumpers with a new grille and chrome trim pieces. The GLI features a signature red accent strip and a honeycomb lower fascia. The standard Jetta gets LED headlights and daytime running lights, while top Jetta trims and the Jetta GLI get projector LEDs.

New standard tech headlines the cars' interior updates and include a standard digital gauge cluster, measuring eight inches for the Jetta and ten inches for the Jetta GLI. The Digital Cockpit system can display maps, audio information, and other data from the car's infotainment system. Top Jetta trims and the Jetta GLI also come with VW's MIB3 infotainment software, which brings wireless charging and wireless app connectivity.


2022 Volkswagen Jetta New safety tech is available for the 2022 Jetta.Volkswagen


The Jetta's standard and available safety technologies also get an overhaul for 2022. Front assist, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts are now standard, while Volkswagen's IQ.DRIVE safety package is available for some cars and is standard for the GLI. The package includes a lane-keeping system, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, a semi-automated driving assistance system, and a semi-automated medical emergency vehicle assistance system.

Pricing details for the 2022 Volkswagen Jetta have not yet been released. The automaker expects the cars to begin arriving on dealers' lots in the fourth quarter of 2021.

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