2015 NAIAS LIVE: Audi Q3 image

Audi has larger fish to fry in Detroit during the 2015 edition of the North American International Auto Show taking place right now in Detroit – namely the introduction of the second-generation Q7 large crossover, but the smaller Q3 sibling also makes an appearance in its facelifted form.

In typical Audi fashion, the updated version is rather hard to spot if you don’t know your business, meaning that die-hard fans and specialists can see differences. With minor tweaks to say the least, we have a restyled single frame trapezoidal front grille and upgraded headlights that feature the xenon plus lighting system and LED daytime running lights. For an extra charge customers can add the LED headlights to compliment the new taillights equipped with the same lighting technology. There is also dynamic turn signal – if anyone was asking. Design aside, the interior features little to no changes and only boasts added equipments – from the LED interior lighting package to the MMI navigation plus with Audi connect.

Speaking of technical highlights, the engines span three TFSI and three TDI four-cylinder options, all turbocharged and coming with up to 17% lower emissions. The displacement varies from 1.4 to 2.0 liters and the power can have anyone covered, ranging from 120 HP (88 kW) to 220 HP (162 kW). Anyone wanting more should direct his attention towards the RS Q3 that boasts its five-cylinder 2.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine offering now 30 horsepower more for a tally of 340 HP (250 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque. The quattro AWD system gets all that oomph through the seven-speed S tronic transmission for a 62 mph time of 4.8 seconds (0.7s faster) and a maximum speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).