Audi Q3

Audi Q3

  In an attempt to compete head to head with BMW's entry level X1 CUV, the German automaker Audi have come up with the Q3 compact crossover, based on the A3 hatchback. Bringing the 2007 Cross Coupe Quattro concept to life, the Q3 small SUV will be built atop the same platform as the Tiguan and will be offered in both two and four wheel drive variants. The Q3's engine line up will include a 2.0 Liter TDI turbo diesel making anywhere from 138 HP up to 168 HP, as well as the 2.0 Liter TFSI unit from the hot hatch VW Golf GTI cranking out a total of 207 HP.

Remember the Audi Q3 Jinlong Yufeng Concept that was revealed at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show ? Well, it turns out the German automaker has another Q3 concept SUV in the pipeline: the Red Track Concept.

Taken from its name, the Q3 Red Track Concept has been finished with a fiery piece of Energy Red color, an ironic color choice considering that the concept SUV is being pegged as a winter vehicle. How else do you explain the carbon fiber skis on its roof?

But more than just its supposed purpose, the Q3 Red Track Concept actually looks a whole lot like the Q3 Vail Concept , except that the former has some added aesthetic touches. Either way, the SUV looks all sorts of spicy in that aforementioned Energy Red color.

Too bad there’s been no official indication as to whether the Q3 Red Track Concept is bound for production. Whatever the case may be, expect to see the concept at the 2012 Wörthersee Tour, where it is expected to be one of the front and center models in Audi’s booth.

Find out more about the Audi Q3 Red Track Concept after the jump.

The Chinese phrase Jinlong Yufeng, when translated into English means "Golden Dragon in the Wing".

Appropriately, that’s what Audi named this special edition Q3 concept to commemorate the SUV’s launch in the Chinese market.

The Q3 Jinlong Yufeng, which is making its debut at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show , comes finished in a special Liuli Yellow luminous monochrome paint and comes with plenty of add-on components that have been finished in matte quartz. In addition, Audi also added flared arches on the Q3, as well as steel side steps, a new radiator grille, and two carbon fiber-reinforced polymer kite boards that have been mounted on the roof of the SUV.

Inside, Audi went with a more luxurious design on the interior, complete with a titanium gray Alcantara roof liner, an instrument panel upholstered in black Fine Nappa Leather with matching yellow seams. The seats have been dressed in velvet leather while the dashboard comes with plenty of aluminum accents, steel decorative inlays, and gloss black trims.

As for the engine, the Q3 Jinlong Yufeng Concept is powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder TFSI engine that produces 310 horsepower and is capable of hitting 0-62 mph in just 5.5 seconds with a top speed of 155 mph.

China’s ever-growing automotive market has became such a boon for a lot of automakers that concept vehicles that would otherwise be introduced in auto shows like Frankfurt or Geneva are already making their way to either Beijing or Shanghai.

For their part, Audi is bringing one of these concepts to the 2012 Beijing Auto Show: the 2013 Audi RS Q3 Concept. This concept serves as a response to some Audi drivers that just needed a little more “umph.”

The RS Q3 Concept is a fresh look at what an RS-badged Q3 crossover could look like and since Audi has just released the Q3 , it appears that we won’t have to wait long to see a production model soon.

As for the concept itself, the RS Q3 Concept looks hot in its blue-and-black color scheme. As an RS model, Audi also added several RS elements to the concept’s overall look, including a black honeycomb grille, tinted headlights, a new bumper with graping air intakes, and a new set of 20" aluminum wheels. The RS Q3 is planned to borrow the same 2.5-liter engine from the Audi TT RS , so getting that little extra something should be simple for Audi lovers.

Unfortunately, the Q3 will not arrive in the U.S. until later in 2012, and the RS Q3 has yet to be mentioned in the same breath as the U.S. With the growing love for crossovers here, it may become a possibility. Also the fact that the TT RS finally made its way here greatly increases the chances of us U.S. buyers seeing the RS Q3. So let’s have a look at the upcoming RS Q3’s information, courtesy of Audi’s latest press release.

Find out more about the Audi RS Q3 Concept after the jump.

German tuner ABT Sportsline is bringing a host of new programs to the 2012 Geneva Motor Show , one of which is the QS3 program based on the Audi Q3 .

Drawing on their expertise in building fantastic programs for Audis , ABT Sportsline took the Q3 and added a host of aesthetic and performance modifications on the crossover. On the outside, the QS3 program comes with a new body kit that consists of a completely redesigned front bumper fascia, front grill, door strip attachments, rear spoiler and a new rear bumper fascia. ABT also dressed up the Q3 with a full body graphics package that’s similar to what they did to the other vehicles they’re bringing to Geneva.

As far as performance improvements are concerned, the QS3 program comes with significant power increases for a number of the engine options available to the Q3. For starters, the 2.0 TDi version gets 205 horsepower, an increase from the 177-horsepower output of the standard model. Meanwhile, the 2.0 TFSI model scores an impressive 270 horsepower, up from the standard model’s 211-horsepower output.

The Audi QS3 will be joined by other ABT-tuned vehicles in Geneva, particularly the Audi AS6 Avant , the Volkswagen Beetle , and the Volkswagen Up! .

German tuning company, MTM , is prepared to make quite an impression at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show and they’re doing so in a very colorful and patriotic manner.

One of the vehicle’s that are set to be on-hand in Geneva is a modified version of the Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro . The obvious take-away from this particular Q3 is the vinyl body wrap which harkens to the colors of the German national flag. In addition to the visual homage to their motherland, MTM also put in a slew of new components, including a new rear diffuser, a lowered suspension, and a new set of 20" Bimoto alloy wheels wrapped in ZR rubber tires with a Brembo brake system that comes with 380 X 34 mm discs gripped by 8-piston calipers.

Under the hood of the Q3, MTM installed a new turbocharger kit that saw the output of the Audi crossover’s 2.0-liter TFSI engine spike from 170 horsepower all the way up to an impressive 310 horsepower. The significant bump in output - almost double! - allows the MTM-tuned Q3 to hit 0-62 mph in just 6.1 seconds with a increased top speed of 155 mph.

In the past, Audi has dazzled the crowds in Detroit with a number of vehicles, but in 2012, they have opted to only bring a Q3 Vail Concept equipped for the winter season. The concept was named after the famous winter sports venue in the United States and has been designed for young fans of winter sports who love skiing or snowboarding.

The Audi Q3 Vail is painted in a very cool Energy Red combined with add-on body parts in a matte gray quartz-based paint and vertical struts made from aluminum. The most striking elements, however, are the flared wheel arches and running boards, which Audi will incorporate into the extensive range of Q3 accessories. The front roof-rail support integrates compact, energy-efficient, wide-angled LED lights that illuminate the area around the Audi Q3 Vail. The concept sits on 8.5 J x 20 five-arm wheels.

For the interior, Audi is offering a combination of black, gray, and red. The headlining is made from titanium gray Alcantara and large parts of the interior, including the carpet, are black and edged with narrow strips of red velvet-finish leather.

The Q3 Vail Concept is powered by a 2.5-liter five-cylinder TFSI engine with direct injection and turbocharging that generates an output of 314 HP and 295.02 lb-ft of torque. The power is transferred to the quattro permanent all-wheel drive system via a seven-speed S tronic transmission. The concept will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds and can hit a top speed of 162.80 mph.

Now that Audi has released the Q3 SUV out on the market, people have started talking about a sportier version primed to deliver some 300 HP. A prototype of this model was secretly displayed at a press event in Switzerland and it was powered by the 2.5 liter TFSI engine currently found in the Audi RS3 . Now, it looks as though we’ve caught a few glimpses of this hotter model as it took its turn around the Nurburgring.

The 300 HP turbocharged five cylinder engine hidden under the hood of the hotrod Q3 produces a good 90 HP over the standard Q3 , a boost provided by the added ventilated brake discs and new aerodynamic package. This engine is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission and its power will be sent to all four wheels using Audi’s quattro system. The only thing left to uncover is the name of this new, more powerful Q3. Will it be the S, RS, or the plainly put Q3 2.5 TFSI? Only time will tell.

With just a few days before its official debut at the Shanghai Auto Show, Audi ’s has unveiled the official details on their smallest SUV in the line-up, the Q3 . At least the smallest at the moment, as it will be followed by the Q1 in the future years.

The Audi Q3 weights 3,307 lbs and measures 4.39 meters in 14.4 ft, 6.0 ft in width, and 5.25 ft in height, while the luggage compartment offers 16.24 to 48.2 cu ft of capacity. The Q3 will be available with all the latest technologies, including the MMI navigation plus – a hard drive navigation system – and the Bose surround sound system, with handsomely illuminated woofers up front.

Customers will have the chance to choose from three engines: one TDI and two TFSI units, with power ranging from 140 HP to 211 HP. A new diesel engine will be offered at a later date and will deliver an impressive fuel economy of 45.23 US mpg.

In Germany sales will begin in June at a price of 29,900 euro, or about $43,000 at the current exchange rates.

Updated 04/13/2011: This review has been updated with the official details and images on the car. Hit the jump to read more about the Q3.

When BMW launched the X6 out on the market, many members of the press highly doubted that this "sports activity coupe" would stand a chance at success, but the customers spoke and the X6 turned out to be more successful than BMW itself expected. Then, soon after the surprising success of the X6, Acura brought their own version of the X6 and now Audi has announced plans to build their own version of the crossover to serve as competition to the original.

When talking about the X6 in an interview with Inside Line, Audi Group Design’s Wolfgang Egger said: "It has been a big success in China, where it’s become a second car driven by women. There, it’s a female sports car." He then added that Audi’s Q3 (pictured above) is just enough to serve as competition for the BMW, but he also said that Audi could do better. How much better is yet to be seen.

Egger also gave InsideLine some insight on other models in the Audi lineup. He said that the A1 line-up would include a five-door hatchback, a 180-HP S1 , and a cabriolet. As for the Quattro concept , Egger said that it "wasn’t dead," but has yet to be confirmed for production.

Source: Inside Line

It has been a very long time since we last heard about the upcoming Audi Q3, but with BMW launching the X1 small-SUV there was something to be expected from the four ringed automaker.

Prceeded by the Cross Coupe Quattro concept from the 2007 Shanghai Motor Show, the next Audi Q3 will go into production starting in 2011 at SEAT’s Martorelli plant in Barcelona.

The Q3 SUV will be built on the same platform as the Tiguan CUV and will be offered in both two and four-wheel drive versions. The engine line up will include 2.0 Liter TDI turbo diesel making either 138 HP or 168 HP, as well as the 2.0 Liter TFSI unit from the Golf GTI pumping out up to 207 HP.

Source: AutoExpress

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