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2012 Audi Q3


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.

The Exterior

Audi Q3

The new Audi Q3 comes with a sportier and a more progressive design. The single-frame grille features tapered upper corners and continues with a dynamic curve of the engine hood. The front is dominated by wedge-shaped headlights available as a xenon plus version including LED daytime running lights and large air inlets. On the side the Q3 gets dynamic lines and muscular wheels, while the D-posts resemble those of a coupe.

Customers will have the possibility to choose from twelve different colors, including a full paint finish or color-contrasting add-on parts in anthracite gray for the underbody guard and wheel arches. Customers who want a more sportier look will have the possibility to opt for the S-Line package. The entry level models will be offered with 16-inch lightweight alloy wheels fitted with 215/65 tires;while the top-of-the-line engines are available with 17-inch wheels.

The interior

Audi Q3

The interior is defined by the same sporty lines as the exterior, but is also all about luxury. The driver and the front-seat passenger are encapsulates by the now famous brand’s large curve, while the dashboard with its horizontal layout comes with an optional color display (as large as seven inches diagonally) on the instrument panel is a first in the Q series.

Customers will have the possibility to choose from five interior colors: black, gray, beige, and two shades of brown. With regard to upholstery, there are three fabric designs and three leather designs. For the inlays, there are four optional versions – including open-pored larch inlays and new silvery aluminum inlays with supplementary wire mesh and a 3D look. The S line sports package offers an additional inlay and bathes the entire interior in a cool black color.

The list of standard equipments includes an on-board computer with efficiency program, an ambient lighting package with a great many LEDs, a panoramic glass roof, a storage package, sports seats, electrically adjustable and heated seats, a convenience key for entering the vehicle and starting the engine at the touch of a button, two-zone deluxe automatic air conditioning, tinted rear windows, and a three-spoke leather steering wheel in a new Q-specific look.

Engine and performance

Audi Q3

At its launch the Q3 will be offered with three engines: two gasoline engines and one TDI engine will be offered; a second TDI engine will appear a little later. All of them will be four-cylinder engines, with a displacement of 2 liters, and all combined with direct fuel injection, turbocharging, the start-stop system, and the energy recovery system.

The 2.0 TFSI will be offered in either 170 HP or 211 HP versions and will sprint the Q3 from 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, while top speed will be 142 mph. The first diesel version will deliver 177 HP, and it will be followed by a 140 HP one, with an average fuel economy of 45.23 US mpg, when paired with a front-wheel drive system.

Pricing

The new Audi Q3 will go on sale in Europe this June, with prices starting from 29,900 euro, or about $43,000 at the current exchange rates. No words just yet if the US market will also get it.

Competitors

Audi Q3

The new Q3 it’s going to have its hands full against a number of competitors, including the BMW X1 , the Land Rover Evoque , and ironically enough, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz BLK-Class . But of course the company’s main target will be to hit the same sales numbers as the X1, a model that is on sale for about a year now. In Europe customers will have to choose from four different engines - one gasoline and three diesels - and comes in both rear-wheel drive and xDrive all-wheel drive configurations. For the X1, power ranges from 143 to 258 HP, almost similar to the Q3. However, despite the fact that the X1 is offering a more powerful version, we believe that the Q3 has the advantage of offering a more fresh design that will also attract younger buyers.

As for the upcoming Mercedes BLK things are a bit uncertain. It is known that it will be placed under the GLK and that it will be offered with four-cylinder direct-injection gas and diesel engines, sized between 1.6-liters and 2.2-liters. We expect to see the new model in the next two years.

LOVE IT
  • Both petrol and diesel engine
  • Fresh design
  • Looks great when equipped with S-Line package
LEAVE IT
  • Not available on the US market just yet


65 comments:

The car seems great! And i think the interior is so classy and it looks so reliable just like what we are expecting from the Audi. I just wonder what is the status of this car in the market? Is is sold out already?

yeah, Just like what we expect from them, they always give us a good car. It really looks great from the outside until in the interior!

Wow, they really never disappoint when they said that the Q3 is going to be a great ride. Just look at all the features that they have in this one, quite impressive indeed.

Well, the Q3 does have a pretty good set of specs, so it is rather promising. But what really amazes me is the expected mileage. At 45 mpg, this one us rather economical for an SUV.

don’t worry about that one, they would probably release the Q3 in the US by early next year. But I still would bet any higher on this one yet, since I want to see this perform first.

The design of the car actually looks very impressive, and the specs are rather good too. However, I would still prefer the BMW X1 over this one, since it has all of the features that I am looking for.

Oh no! Its not yet available in the US market!I hope i would be sale here as soon as possible. I want to experience driving this sportier crossover.

I like the sportier look of the Audi and its great to know that this car can be found in twelve different color. For a crossover, I bet this car would be a great option.

I like the detailing of this car its kind of impressive! I love how the Audi mixed the luxurious and sportiness in this car!

Aesthetically, the car looks great and the performance as well. I bet there would a tough competition in the market!

The guys at Audi really never disappoint when they said that the Q3 would be something. Judging from these pictures, I can definitely say that the car would be a success.

Yes, they’re finally releasing new pictures of the Q3. I have been looking forward to seeing this car in more detail, and I would say that I really like the outcome.

I agree with AdamA3, it’s a nice car but not sure it’s offering anything different to the marketplace. I’m more excited about the Land Rover Evoque to be honest

It looks a lot like the other similar sized Audi’s out there. Don’t get me wrong, it looks good. I was just expecting something mind-blowing. Am I the only one who is a tad dissapointed?

Well, that would be one of the big pluses for me on this one. SUV’s are notoriously difficult to drive, so this one would be really a good thing.

Yeah, the spy shots makes me excited over this one too. The looks of the car is really what I have expected. And it looks like it can handle pretty well too.

The spy shot details for the Q3 is makes me want for more. Since it will be using the VW i bet this car would be good. I cant wait for the future release.

Well, I think that the Q3 still has its own merits. For one, it looks to be more spacious than its competitors, that one is certainly going to be a plus.

I’m not sure if the price of the Q3 is reasonable since the full details is not yet clear to me. So, maybe i need to wait on its debut.

I think the Q3 will have a tough competition ahead of it. The X1 is pretty much well established in terms of popularity. But it will be a tight race between the Q3 and the LRX.

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