Audi China announces that the Audi Q3 Trans China Tour 2011 starts tomorrow in Beijing. During 16 stages and a route covering a total of about 5,700 kilometers, the 160 participants will experience the dependability of the new Audi Q3 in every situation, from driving through the dynamic metropolitan centers to the off-road drives through spectacular mountain landscapes.
Four groups of participants will divide the entire route among themselves, with each group driving for four days. The first group will drive south from Beijing to Shanghai, and the second will drive on from there to Shenzhen. The destination for the third group is the city of Guilin, and the fourth group will ultimately arrive at the final stop of the tour in Hong Kong.
The Q3 is based on the same platform structure as the recently facelifted Volkswagen Tiguan, with which it also shares transversely mounted engines and gearbox combinations.
The Q3’s volume version has a body size that’s similar to the Cross Coupe Quattro concept that measures (LxWxH) 4629mm x 1880mm x 1653mm, and has a wheelbase of 2600mm and 450L luggage compartment capacity.
Audi Q3 customers currently can choose from among one TDI engine and two TFSI units. The three four-cylinder engines combine direct fuel injection with turbocharging and a start-stop system. They feature power outputs ranging from 125 kW (170 hp) to 155 kW (211 hp).
In the version with the 103 kW (140 hp) 2.0 TDI and front-wheel drive, which is to follow shortly after the market launch, the Q3 uses an average of 5.2 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (45.23 mpg).
Audi has been present on the Chinese market since 1988, and produces the Audi A4 L, the Audi A6 L and the Audi Q5 in Changchun in a joint venture with its partner FAW. The Audi Q3 will also be built in Changchun in the future. Initially, though, the compact Audi SUV will be available starting in 2012 as an import.
Between January and September 2011, Audi delivered 223,631 cars in China, which amounts to an increase of 29 percent compared with the same period last year. This record result clearly confirms the brand’s position as market leader in the premium segment in China.