Audi's Q3 can tow a trailer weighing
up to 2.0 tons (4,400 lb).
16 April 2011: German luxury car brand Audi is
preparing the launch of its new, compact Q3 crossover this June, with
prices starting from 29,900 euros (Germany).
Fitting under the midsize Q5 and large Q7 crossovers, the new Q3
brings Audi into a new market segment, besides the compact A3 brother.
The Q3 aims to play the role of a versatile
lower-medium sized luxury crossover for everyday life, a notch above its
platform companion, the VW Tiguan... that is, in direct competition with
the new Range Rover Evoque
and BMW X1.
The new Q3 will be assembled at the SEAT factory in Martorell,
near Barcelona, Spain. The German VW group includes the Volkswagen, Audi,
SEAT, Skoda, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini and Porsche car brands (and a
fifth of Suzuki).
dividing the side
underneath the Q3 windows.
On the outside, the design follows Audi's coupe-like styling with
and a flat-set rear window, while the luggage compartment still offers a volume of 460 to 1,365
litres (16.24 to 48.2 cu ft) with the
split rear seat backrests folded down (a roof rail is standard).
The Audi Q3 is 4.39 meters in length (14.4 ft), 1.83 meters in
width (6.0 ft), and 1.60 meters (5.25 ft) in height – roof rail
included. Its drag coefficient of 0.32 is very good for a crossover shaped
body. Viewed from the side, a "tornado line" divides the side
underneath the windows.
The basic Q3 version weighs less than 1,500 kilograms (3,307
lb, front-wheel drive version), depending on equipment of course. The
weight gains are partly due to the aluminium engine hood and tailgate, in
addition to the ultra-high-strength steels in the passenger
Audi's Q3 coupe-like styling with a flat-set rear
Audi says that its Q3 can also tow a trailer weighing
up to 2.0
metric tons (4,400 lb)
The Audi Q3 will be available with four engine choices. First, two gasoline engines and one TDI engine; a second
TDI engine will appear a little later. All of the four
engines will have a displacement of 2.0 litres, direct fuel injection, turbocharging, the start-stop and the
energy recovery systems.
The 2.0 TFSI delivers either 125 kW (170 hp, 168 bhp) or
155 kW (211 hp, 208 bhp). The latter version propels the Q3 from zero to 100
km/h (62.14 mph) in 6.9 seconds, up to a top speed of 230 km/h
The 2.0 TDI is available with 130 kW (177 hp, 174 bhp); a version
with 103 kW (140 hp, 138 bhp) is to come a little later. The front-wheel
drive, version of the 103 kW (140 hp) engine averages less than 5.2
litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (45.23 US mpg, 54.29 UK mpg, 19.23 kms /
Audi Q3 dashboard
Both TFSI engines and the stronger of the TDI
units will be get the quattro permanent all-wheel drive with a hydraulic multi-plate
clutch which sends power from the front axle to the rear one when
The Q3 2.0 TDI with 103 kW (140 hp, 138 bhp) will roll off
the assembly line with front-wheel drive and – just like the Q3 2.0 TFSI
quattro with 125 kW (170 hp, 168 bhp) – with a six-speed manual transmission.
130 kW (177 hp, 174 bhp) TDI engine and the 155 kW (211 hp, 208 bhp) TFSI combine quattro
drive with a 7even-speed S tronic. Gears can also be shifted via
optional paddles on the steering wheel. When the driver selects efficiency
mode in the optional Audi
drive select system, the S tronic disengages a clutch while the car is coasting and allows it to roll freely – which further
enhances fuel efficiency.
Inside, the dashboard comes in a horizontal layout with
an optional colour display (seven inches diagonally) on the instrument panel,
a first in
the Q series. Five colour concepts are available for the
interior: black, grey, beige, and two shades of brown.
Five colour concepts for the
Q3 interior, including black.
The upholstery is available in three fabric and three leather
designs (all equipment and data
refer to the model range offered in Germany). For
the inlays, there are four optional versions – including open-pored
larch inlays and new silvery aluminium inlays with supplementary wire mesh
and a 3D look. The S line sports package offers an additional inlay with the entire interior in
The chorus sound system with an AUX-IN input is
standard in the Audi Q3, as
are the air conditioner and occupant restraint
systems. Options cover a set of
infotainment components, with at the top, the large MMI navigation plus –
a hard drive navigation system – and the Bose surround sound system,
with illuminated woofers up front. An
online Bluetooth car phone will follow, with a WLAN hotspot to
provide the Q3 with full Internet connectivity.
include an on-board computer with
efficiency program, an ambient lighting package with many LEDs, a
panoramic glass roof, a storage package, sports seats, electrically
adjustable and heated seats, an electronic key for entering the vehicle
and starting the engine at the touch of a button, two-zone
automatic air conditioning, tinted rear windows, and a three-spoke leather
steering wheel in a new Q-specific look.
Other options include adaptive light technology (illuminates
parts of the corners when swerving) for the
xenon plus headlights and the high-beam assistant, an
enhanced parking assistant, a
luggage compartment package, a front-passenger seat with a folding seat
back, a reversible loadliner, a reversible mat, a loading-sill protector
made of stainless steel, a load-through hatch in the rear seat backrest
and a ski bag.
The chassis adopts a four-link rear suspension to
handle longitudinal and
lateral forces separately. The electronic stabilization
program (ESP) integrates an electronic differential lock, which – at the
vehicle’s cornering limit – regulates the distribution of drive
torques to the wheels via minor braking. The ESP also offers trailer
stabilization (all versions).
Ground clearance of 17
centimetres (6.69 in).
Thanks to its
ground clearance of 17 centimetres (6.69 in), the Q3 can also tackle rough
terrain. It comes with electromechanical power steering, ventilated brakes
discs at the front and electromechanical
The Audi Q3 is basically equipped with 16-inch
lightweight alloy wheels fitted with 215/65 tires; the top-of-the-line
engines are available with 17-inch wheels. Options include wheel sizes between 17 and 19 inches, some of which are quattro GmbH products.
Audi drive select is optionally available for
all Q3 engine types. It accesses the accelerator and steering. When
ordered with the equipment options S tronic, adaptive light and Audi
adaptive cruise control, the driver can vary
the function of these systems between the comfort, auto, dynamic and
efficiency modes. In efficiency mode, the air conditioner and cruise
control operate with the fuel saving priority.
Optionally available at a later time, the hill hold
assist system maintains a constant vehicle speed while driving
Within the available range of infotainment technologies,
the connectivity package 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.
The optional Bose surround sound system integrates
14 speakers, and the woofers up front illuminate when the
interior darkens. The high-end infotainment cornerstone is the large MMI
plus, a hard drive navigation system. Its manually extendable seven-inch colour
screen displays high-resolution 3D images; the system can also
process whole-word voice input.
A WLAN hotspot
to enhance Internet
connectivity on the road.
At a later date, it will become possible to link
the MMI navigation plus system with the online Bluetooth car phone, which
integrates a UMTS module. With the Audi connect, the Internet will be
on board the Q3 – including special services. A WLAN hotspot enables
mobile terminal devices to enhance Internet
connectivity on the road.
With the online Bluetooth car phone, a route
chosen by the driver can be portrayed on a Google Earth map. Audi’s
online traffic information helps drivers with the traffic situation
ahead. Information is up-to-the-minute and precise because data is
generated from the traffic.
Assistance systems for the Q3 include the Audi
side assist, which employs radar to help drivers change lanes and Audi active
lane assist to help remain in the lane by slightly correcting
steering, if necessary. The optional driver information system’s screen
shows important road signs thanks to the camera-based speed limit display.
Five systems help
drivers park. The park assist system does the steering while
the vehicle is reversing into right-angle or parallel spaces; if
necessary, it will execute several steering steps. Its twelve ultrasonic
sensors detect obstacles such as concrete pillars, even if they are off to
the vehicle’s side. The assistant’s software memorizes the obstacles’
locations and alerts the driver to them before the parking space is