Audi Q3 for 2012
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 Audis 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
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
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.