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18th April, 2011

The new Audi Q3 is an SUV in a compact form. According to Audi this new model sets standards in all aspects of engineering – from its body through drivetrains and chassis to its state-of-the-art assistance systems and multimedia systems. The Audi Q3 is a versatile companion for everyday life – with an urbane character.

The design of the Q3 is classic Audi: its sleek styling is one-of-a-kind among SUVs and symbolises its sporty identity. Distinctive lights add a striking touch and the very flat-set rear window emphasise the sporty nature of the Audi Q3.

Thanks to systematic lightweight design, the basic version of the Audi Q3 weighs less than 1,500 kilogrammes (3,307 lb). Its engine bonnet and wraparound tailgate, which houses the taillights, are made of aluminium; the safe and solid passenger compartment features many ultra-high-strength steels.

The interior of Audi’s latest model is roomy; its ergonomics and its workmanship are exemplary. Just as for the exterior, customers have many opportunities to express their very own style in the interior: Audi offers a wide selection of materials and colours. The luggage compartment offers 460 to 1,365 litres (16.24 to 48.2 cu ft) of capacity – ideal for sports and leisure.

Customers can opt to supplement the standard specification with numerous options straight from the luxury class. Examples include adaptive light technology for the xenon plus headlights, which ideally illuminates the road ahead – even around corners. And an enhanced parking assistant alerts the driver to obstacles, even if they are off to the side.

Furthermore, Audi offers an entire set of infotainment components, spearheaded by the large MMI navigation plus – a hard drive navigation system – and the Bose surround sound system, with handsomely illuminated woofers up front.

This compact SUV by Audi will roll off the assembly line at the SEAT factory in Spain, with three different four-cylinder engines on offer: one TDI and two TFSI units. All three will combine direct injection with turbocharging, and will feature not only an energy recovery system but also a start-stop system. With power outputs ranging from 103 kW (140 hp) to 155 kW (211 hp), these engines will be as efficient as they are powerful. The entry-level Q3 2.0 TDI will join the line-up at a later date.

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In Europe, the most powerful petrol engine and diesel engine, respectively, will be paired with quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a seven-speed S tronic, which switches gears at lightning speed (so to speak). And the S tronic features an innovation: during coasting, the dual-clutch transmission disengages the clutch and allows the Q3 to roll freely – provided that the driver has selected efficiency mode in the optional Audi drive select system. This measure also boosts fuel efficiency.

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 labour. The hold assist function is an available option; down the road, the hill hold assist system will also be made available.

The Audi Q3 will go on sale in June in Europe, and in the first half of 2012 in Australia. Local pricing and specification will be announced closer to the release date.


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