New Audi Q3 Black Edi­tion head­lines up­dated UK range

Pop­u­lar Black Edi­tion spec­i­fi­ca­tion reaches Audi com­pact SUV as part of a pack­age of range-wide styling and equip­ment en­hance­ments

Malta Independent - - MOTORING ON TUESDAY - Edited by John Peel

• New spec­i­fi­ca­tion line-up re­places SE, S line Nav­i­ga­tion and S line Plus with Sport, S line Edi­tion and Black Edi­tion

• Exterior en­hance­ments and equip­ment up­grades across the board

• Four TDI and TFSI en­gines of­fer­ing up to 62.8mpg with CO2 of as lit­tle as 117g/km

The dark and brood­ing good looks of the Black Edi­tion mod­els that have been main­stays of the Audi A4, A5, A6 and A7 Sport­back ranges have in­spired a new Q3 Black Edi­tion that spear­heads a whole­sale up­date of the pere­nially pop­u­lar com­pact SUV lineup. The new top flight Q3 and the sharper, even bet­ter equipped ver­sions that sit be­low it will be­come avail­able later this month and will reach their first cus­tomers to­wards the end of the year.

As part of the pro­gramme of re­vi­sions the cur­rent Q3 spec­i­fi­ca­tion struc­ture, start­ing with SE, mov­ing to S line Nav­i­ga­tion and then on to S line plus, has shifted fur­ther up­wards. At en­try level, SE be­comes Sport through the ad­di­tion of SD nav­i­ga­tion as stan­dard and through styling en­hance­ments that lend an even more pur­pose­ful air, in­clud­ing larger front air vents and a body­coloured front diffuser.

S line Nav­i­ga­tion mod­els be­come S line Edi­tion by gain­ing stan­dard in­te­rior fea­tures such as cruise con­trol and the Audi Park­ing Sys­tem Plus, and by adopt­ing a new look for the front end, which now in­cor­po­rates a dis­tinc­tive hor­i­zon­tal strut span­ning its full width, above which are air in­lets with more pro­nounced sur­rounds and a new di­a­mond-pat­tern mesh de­sign. They flank a more eye­catch­ing Sin­gle Frame grille with a new high gloss fin­ish which is also shared by the air vents.

The main at­trac­tion in the range is now the Q3 Black Edi­tion,

which stays true to the con­cept in­tro­duced so suc­cess­fully else­where in the Audi range. Re­plac­ing the S line plus model, it builds on that ver­sion’s al­ready ex­ten­sive spec­i­fi­ca­tion with fea­tures such as stan­dard metal­lic paint, pri­vacy glass from the B pillar rear­wards and a Bose sound sys­tem up­grade, but its key point of dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion is of course the dis­tinc­tive black treat­ment for many of its parts. These start in the cabin with piano black in­lays, and con­tinue out­side to take in ev­ery­thing from the 19inch al­loy wheels, wheel arch cap­pings and Sin­gle Frame grille sur­round to the roof rails, rear spoiler and tailpipes, all of which are fin­ished in gloss black.

Ex­ten­sive spec­i­fi­ca­tion

Aside from the now range-wide satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion, stan­dard equip­ment for all Q3 mod­els is plen­ti­ful, and in­cludes Audi Mu­sic and Blue­tooth in­ter­faces, sen­sor con­trol for park­ing (rear only in the Sport, front and rear in the S line Edi­tion and Black Edi­tion), for light­ing and for wiper func­tion, dual-zone cli­mate con­trol and a Con­cert au­dio sys­tem with DAB ra­dio linked to a 6.5inch man­u­ally re­tractable colour mon­i­tor. Xenon head­lamps with LED day­time run­ning lights and LED tail lights fea­ture as stan­dard in Sport ver­sions, while S line Edi­tion and Black Edi­tion spec­i­fi­ca­tion lev­els up­grade to all-weather LED head­lights and dy­namic ‘scrolling’ rear in­di­ca­tors which il­lu­mi­nate se­quen­tially within two-tenths of a se­cond from the in­side out in the di­rec­tion the driver in­tends to turn.

Un­der the skin, two TDI diesel and two TFSI petrol en­gines are avail­able, de­pend­ing on the cho­sen spec­i­fi­ca­tion. The 1.4-litre TFSI with Cylin­der-on-De­mand tech­nol­ogy brings 150PS and the op­tion of ei­ther man­ual or S tronic twin-clutch au­to­matic trans­mis­sion. It gives the ex­clu­sively front-wheel-driven Q3 1.4 TFSI a 0-62mph sprint time of as lit­tle as 8.9 sec­onds (S tronic), but also 51.4mpg ca­pa­bil­ity (man­ual) based on the com­bined cy­cle test. Above it in the petrol line-up is a 2.0-litre TFSI unit with 180PS, which can be linked to ei­ther man­ual or S tronic trans­mis­sion and works with quat­tro all­wheel-drive with­out ex­cep­tion.

Form­ing the diesel con­tin­gent are two four-cylin­der, 2.0-litre TDIs with out­puts of 150PS and 184PS. When linked to man­ual trans­mis­sion and Sport spec­i­fi­ca­tion with its 17-inch wheels, the 150PS ver­sion has the po­ten­tial to re­turn up to 62.8mpg with CO 2 out­put of just 117g/km.

The 2.0-litre 150PS TDI en­gine can work with ei­ther man­ual or S tronic trans­mis­sion and can chan­nel its out­put through ei­ther the front wheels only or through all four with the help of the quat­tro sys­tem. The 184PS ver­sion also of­fers two trans­mis­sion op­tions, but de­ploys its height­ened power and torque solely via quat­tro drive.

Audi drive se­lect as stan­dar

The com­posed agility of the Q3 chas­sis im­parts a nim­ble feel that be­lies its SUV di­men­sions, and the Audi drive se­lect adap­tive dy­nam­ics sys­tem - a stan­dard fea­ture of all Q3 mod­els – en­ables driv­ers to make the most of it by ad­just­ing throt­tle re­sponse, au­to­matic trans­mis­sion shift points and op­er­at­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics of other op­tional com­po­nents such as the damper con­trol sys­tem to suit per­sonal pref­er­ences.

Up to five adults can en­joy the ride in com­fort and with space to spare, and their lug­gage can be equally com­fort­ably ac­com­mo­dated in the 420-litre load com­part­ment, which in S line Edi­tion and Black Edi­tion ver­sions is ac­ces­si­ble at the touch of a but­ton thanks to pow­ered tail­gate op­er­a­tion. When the back seat is free, its split back­rest can be folded to lib­er­ate a to­tal of 1,325 litres of cargo ca­pac­ity.

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