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30th March, 2012

Audi's new compact SUV, the Q3, has just been released in Australia. The Audi Q3 is sporty, efficient and versatile a vehicle that is said to be equally comfortable on or off the road. Every aspect of the Spanish-manufactured Q3 showcases Audi technology: the body, the drivetrain, the chassis and the assistance and multimedia systems.

The Audi Q3 is immediately recognisable as the newest member of the Audi SUV line-up. Like its bigger 'brothers', the Q3s sleek lines are a visual expression of its sporty character. Sharp edges frame elegantly arched sheet metal surfaces, and the optional bi-xenon headlights give the Q3 a distinctive and formidable presence on the road.

The Q3 is being launched in Australia with a choice of four highly efficient engines (two TDI and two TFSI engines) that also deliver the kind of sporty performance expected from Audi. All engines are 2.0-litres in capacity, and are turbocharged with direct fuel-injection. Start/stop technology saves fuel while the car is sitting still, and the electromechanical steering yields fuel economy savings of up to 0.3 l/100 km. The Q3 also leads its class in aerodynamics, with a drag coefficient of 0.32Cd.

The 103 kW 2.0 TDI (diesel) manual Q3 delivers fuel economy figures of just 5.2 l/100 km on the combined cycle, and with a full 64-litre tank of fuel, it has a range of over 1,000 kilometres. The vigorous 130 kW 2.0 TDI quattro provides an even more impressive driving experience, with a substantial 380 Nm of torque arriving between 1,750-2,500 rpm. Paired with the seven-speed S tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive, it will reach 100 km/h from rest in 8.2 seconds.

The 125 kW and 155 kW TFSI petrol drivetrains also deliver good fuel efficiency on the combined cycle, with figures of 7.3 and 7.7 l/100 km respectively. The 155 kW model offers drivers the sportiest performance, reaching 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 230 km/h.

Australian buyers will find the Audi Q3 is very generously equipped, with features like Bluetooth interface with audio streaming, Audi parking system rear, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, driver information system and multifunction leather steering wheel standard on all models.

The Audi Q3 is likely to attract young professionals who are successful in their chosen field, middle-aged couples and families who want an urban SUV that can be used for recreational activities, along with empty-nesters who lead an active lifestyle and want the versatility of a premium SUV.

The Audi Q3 is now on-sale nationally.

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Audi Q3 range Australian pricing*

Q3 2.0 TDI manual 103 kW $44,800*
Q3 2.0 TDI quattro S tronic 130 kW $54,500*
Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro manual 125 kW $47,000*
Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic 125 kW $48,950*
Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro manual 155 kW $56,000*

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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