Join­ing the Audi Q

PAUL GOVER spec­u­lates on the look of the lat­est Ger­man SUV

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

THE Audi Q5 is barely up to speed in Aus­tralia and al­ready a Q3 baby is con­firmed for de­liv­ery in two years. The lat­est model in Audi’s SUV push is not of­fi­cially con­firmed from Ger­many but is clearly re­vealed in new Carparazzi artists’ im­pres­sions that have been drafted from in­side in­for­ma­tion fresh from Europe.

The Q3 is re­vealed as a com­pact and classy soft-roader that will take Audi’s SUV drive in a new di­rec­tion, well away from the wag­on­style look of its clos­est ri­val, the BMW X1 (which will be re­vealed later this year for sales in 2010 in Aus­tralia).

The de­sign of the Q3 picks up the softer, rounded look of Audi’s re­cent com­pact con­cept cars and is clearly re­lated to the baby A3 hatch­back.

But it will sit higher and have a body shape closer in some ways to the con­tro­ver­sial BMW X6 that has po­larised SUV buy­ers since it was launched last year.

The Q3, like the Q5, will come late to the class, but Audi is con­fi­dent it will do well against the X1 and such ri­vals as the pro­duc­tion ver­sion of the Land Rover LRX, a baby city car also pro­grammed for 2010.

The big dif­fer­ence is BMW is tak­ing a wagon-style ap­proach to the de­sign of the X1, which uses the me­chan­i­cal pack­age from the 3 Se­ries all-wheel-drive model. It is in­tended more as a go-any­where fam­ily wagon than a sporty SUV.

For more Audi Q3 pic­tures and Carparazzi scoops go on­line

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