Bound for SA in 2019
EXPECTED IN SOUTH AFRICA DURING THE SECOND QUARTER OF 2019
Those who have Audi’s new Q3 in their sights may want to get into the queue!
The second generation Audi Q3 appears visually more self-confident, but also roomier and more versatile. Like the other top-of-theline Audi models, it features a digital operating and display concept, extensive infotainment solutions and innovative assist systems.
The SUV also looks much sportier than its predecessor thanks to the striking exterior design, which features vertical bars and large air inlets at the front. Narrow headlights run inwards with a wedge shape for a touch of aggression.
Audi supplies the headlights in three versions up to Matrix LED technology whose adaptive high beam intelligently illuminates the travelling direction on the road. The side view accentuates the balance of the exterior design with the symmetrical lighting graphics of the headlights and rear lights. The shoulder line that connects them adds style and provides an athletic overall impression with strong muscles over the wheel arches. The contours draw their inspiration from Audi's quattro DNA, making the SUV seem even wider, while the colourcontrasting wheel arch trims emphasise the off-road look. Supported by a long roof edge spoiler, which also flanks the rear window, the steeply raked D pillars of the body line also create an appearance of forward thrust.
The interior continues the design elements of the exterior, showing its kinship to the brand's full-size models.
The architecture harmonises perfectly with the new digital operating concept. Its central element is the MMI touch display with a highgloss black glass look surround. Together with the air conditioning controls underneath, it is tilted toward the driver with all displays, buttons and controls located ergonomically. The seats promise comfort and provide a sporty driving position with the steering wheel angled accordingly.
Compared with its predecessor, virtually all dimensions of the new Audi Q3 have been increased. It is 4 485mm long, 1 849mm wide and 1 585mm high. Its wheelbase, which has been stretched by 77mm, is spacious yet extremely versatile.
As standard, the rear seats can be moved forward and back by up to 150mm. Their backrests, split three ways 40:20:40, can be tilted in seven configurations. Depending on the position of the rear seats and backrests, the luggage compartment capacity is between 530 and 1 525 litres. The loading floor can be adjusted to three levels and a parcel shelf can be stowed underneath the floor if not needed. An electric tailgate can also be opened and closed with a kicking motion under the rear bumper, available as an option.
The operating and display concept of the SUV has been completely redesigned and Audi has done away with the analogue instruments. Even the standard specification model includes a digital instrument cluster with a 10,25" screen diagonal, which the driver operates using the multi-function steering wheel. With the top-of-the-line equipment MMI navigation, the displays appear in the Audi's virtual cockpit, which also offers many additional functions. There is a 10,1" touch display in the middle of the dashboard. As an option, the driver can choose the larger virtual cockpit with three different views, including a new, particularly sporty display. The intuitive operating concept with its flat menu structure is supplemented by voice control which understands freely structured wording. The ingenious dialogue manager asks questions if necessary, allows corrections, offers choices and defers to the speaker when interrupted.
The top quality infotainment system in the Audi Q3 offers the same technical functions as in the higher segments. Its data transfer module supports the LTE Advanced standard with integrated WiFi hotspot for passengers' mobile devices. Offroad, the permanent all-wheel drive promises excellent driving pleasure with optimum traction and unshakeable stability. Activated at the push of a button, the optional hill descent control will maintain the pre-set speed on a steep downhill gradient.
The driver can vary the characteristics of the Audi Q3 depending on the driving situation, road conditions or personal needs. The Audi drive select dynamic handling system comes in six profiles, varying from markedly comfortable through highly efficient to completely sporty driving. The system also influences the optional suspension with damper control, in which sensors measure movements of the vehicle body.
The dampers are then adjusted to the road surface conditions and driving situation.
This results in enhanced driving dynamics with even more comfort.
Alternatively, there is a sport suspension
- standard with the
S line equipment - with tauter spring / damper tuning and progressive steering. Its ratio becomes increasingly direct with increasing steering angle, adding to agile road performance and light-footed handling of the new Q3.
The Q3 is available with four engine versions three petrol and one diesel unit - in combination with front-wheel or quattro drive. Their power outputs range from 110kW to 169kW. All engines are four-cylinder direct injection units with turbo-charging for a powerful, refined and efficient result. A six-speed manual transmission or a fast-shifting seven-speed S tronic transmits the power. The indication so far is that we will only get the S tronic options locally. We can expect the arrival of the new Q3 in South Africa during the second quarter of 2019.The model line-up is still to be confirmed, but Audi SA is looking at introducing an entry model 1,4 TFSI 110kW engine with a possible 2,0 TFSI 132kW and 2,0 TDI 110kW engine as well.
Compared with its predecessor, virtually all dimensions of the new Audi Q3 have been increased.