Ingolstadt adds one more Quiver to its bow
Audi unveiled its new Q3 crossover model in Shanghai recently
AUDI is set to expand its crossover range with the unveiling in Shanghai last week of its new Q3. Following the Q5 and Q7, the Q3 will have its international launch in the second half of this year and go on sale in SA in 2012.
The most diminutive member of the Audi Q-series has been designed to be in tune with the times. As a new departure for an Audi SUV, the predominantly quattro-equipped range will include a front-wheel drive model powered by a 2.0TDI engine that will give priority to efficiency. Other models will also include a highpowered 2.0TDI engine as well as a 2.0TFSI petrol unit.
Numerous additional measures are also set to contribute to improved efficiency. These include a body made of lightweight aluminium and hi-tech steel, low rolling resistance tyres, engine start-stop, energy recuperation and electromechanical power steering. The optional Audi drive select adaptive dynamics system features a fuel-saving efficiency mode, and when this option is specified the further developed S tronic twin clutch transmission can now disengage drive each time the throttle pedal is released to reduce draw on the engine.
When the efficiency mode is selected, the electronic climate control and cruise control systems operate at the optimum level for minimal fuel consumption, and in mod- els with S tronic transmission, the active clutch is disengaged each time the driver lifts off the throttle, allowing the Q3 to use the momentum already built up to coast without the need for engine input.
All versions will have the necessary grounding to make unruffled progress over a variety of terrains thanks to their raised 170mm ride height and robust multilink front and rear suspension. This is bolstered by the sophisticated electronic stability program with electronic differential lock, which regulates torque distribution by braking individual wheels when they start to slip. The predominant configuration will be quattro all-wheel drive.
Its city-friendly size is said to encapsulate a roomy interior with seating for five and an accommodating load bay with a 460l capacity, rising to 1 365l if the standard split/folding rear seat is stowed.
Specification is yet to be confirmed; however, in international markets there will be both SE and S line models. The SE features 17-inch alloy wheels, contrasting painted bumpers, chrome window trims, aluminium roof rails, rear parking sensors, light and rain sensors, dualzone climate control, a Concert audio system with 6,5-inch manually retractable colour display screen, Bluetooth interface, and Audi Music Interface iPod connection.
S line models will upgrade with 18-inch alloy wheels, S line exterior and interior styling enhancements and xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps and LED rear tail lights.
Options are expected to include adaptive light technology for the xenon plus headlights, a high-beam assistant to illuminate the road, the hard drive-based navigation system plus with seven-inch colour screen and 3D mapping and the side assist blind spot warning and lane assist lane departure warning driver aids. Among the practical options are a luggage compartment package, a front-passenger seat with a folding seat back, a reversible loadliner and a stainless steel load sill protector.
The Audi Q3 is set to offer a rugged look for an adventurous lifestyle.
The Q3 could be the new word in urban crossover chic.