Premium automaker Audi Ag. has unveiled today it’s latest creation – the Q3 – a baby SUV that will compete with the MW X1, Range Rover Evoque andforthcoming Mini Paceman, as well pinching potential Ford Kuga customers.
The design of the Q3 is classic Audi: the big, single-frame grille is present, LED daytime running lights are an option, and the slanted D-pillars mean it leans towards the lifestyle rather than luggage-carrying side of the market.
Measuring 4.39 meters in length and 1.83m in width, the new Q3 is similar in size to the BMW X1 and 239mm shorter than Audi’s own Q5.
The Q3, like the Tiguan will use transversely mounted engines to power it. Two petrol engines and one diesel engine will be offered to begin with – the 2.0-litre TDI with 140 bhp with front-wheel drive, the 2.0 TSI producing 168 bhp with front-wheel drive and the 2.0 TFSI with 211 bhp and quattro permanent all-wheel drive. A fourth engine option – a more powerful version of the 2.0 TDI with over 170 bhp will go on sale later and will be available with quattro.
Drivers can use the four modes of Audi drive select to have various systems adjust to their individual driving style; these include engine management and the optional adaptive dampers. The chassis of the Q3 – featuring a four-link rear suspension, electromechanical power steering, and robust wheel brakes – is the fruit of great design labor. The hold assist function is an available option; down the road, the hill hold assist system will be made available.
Audi offers 12 different colours for the Q3, and customers can choose either a full paint finish or color-contrasting panels in anthracite gray to replace the black underbody guard and wheel arches. The S line exterior package, conversely, represents classic Audi and appeals to especially sporty customers.
Inside the Q3 features a smart-looking, driver-focussed dashboard and the interior is available in five colour schemes. Interior space seems reasonable and there’s even 460 litres worth of boot space with the rear seats in their normal position.
According to Audi, buyers can supplement the standard specification with numerous options “straight from the luxury class” but then that’s not news to anyone.
Audi will provide a full range of infotainment technologies for the Q3. The connectivity package, for instance, includes the Audi music interface for integrating mobile playback devices and a GPS interface, which the customer can activate at once or at a later date.
Again, many additional solutions are taken straight from the luxury class. For example, the Bose surround sound system integrates 14 speakers, and the woofers up front illuminate handsomely when the interior darkens. The high-end infotainment cornerstone is the large MMI plus, a hard drive navigation system. Its manually extendable seven-inch color screen displays high-resolution 3D images; the system can also process whole-word voice input.
The Audi Q3 – which will roll off the assembly line in Martorell, Spain near Barcelona – will go on sale in June. The basic price in Germany for the basic version will be 29,900 euros.