Seat upholstery made with recycled polyester

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Post by Rob » Tue Jun 22, 2021 10:27 am

Among the many high quality materials and finishes available either as standard or optionally for the Q4 e-tron are upholstery choices in either premium fine Nappa leather or combinations of leather and artificial leather or artificial leather and the microfibre material Dinamica. This looks and feels like suede but is made of 45 percent recycled polyester from various sources, including textiles and PET bottles. Some upholstery options form part of interior packages that also include additional upgrades to décor, lighting and functionality.

The S line interior has a particular sustainability focus. Like the optional Dinamica material, its standard Pulse cloth upholstery, which is combined with artificial leather, is produced using secondary raw materials, including repurposed PET bottles. Up to 50 percent of the textile used for the Pulse material is derived from the bottles, which are transformed into yarn in an elaborate procedure that yields the same quality standards in terms of look and feel as conventional textile upholstery. A new lease of life is given to 26 1.5-litre plastic bottles to create a set of seats with this upholstery for the Q4 e-tron.

More familiarly, the S line cabin is also marked out by illuminated aluminium ‘S’ door sill trims, pedals with stainless steel supports, a black headlining, S embossing for the seat backrests, a perforated leather-bound steering wheel with contrasting stitching and S badging. These details also enhance the interiors of Edition 1 and Vorsprung models, the latter also bringing on board additional comforts such as fine Nappa leather upholstery, a panoramic glass sunroof, Audi Phonebox wireless handset connectivity and charging and the Sonos audio upgrade.

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