We have bad news for all of those folks who are located in the United States and are interested in the upcoming Audi Q3 crossover: the German manufacturer is not yet convinced that the new car will male it there. Apparently, some of the dealers in the United States believe that the car could get some impressive sales but the final decision will come from Ingolstadt.
Regarding the Q3 debut, Audi will bring it to the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show next month and sources confirm the fact that the production will start this year.
For those who don’t know, Audi will build the new Q3 in Spain in co-operation with Seat, a member of the Volkswagen Group. Regarding the, expect the new Audi Q3 to carry the same design philosophy seen on the Audi Q5. Some of the engines which will be seen on the Q3 are the 2.0-liter TFSI, found also on the Tiguan and capable to deliver 210 hp, but also the popular 2.0-liter diesel engine delivering 140 hp.
And, what is more interesting is that Audi will keep the Q3 designation, although back in 2008 there was a small conflict between the German manufacturer and Infiniti.
In addition to having a unique road stance, the Audi Q3 has a powerful, robust, and sporty appearance. This rather progressive design has been strongly integrated to the design language of the brand. The brand has been known to bring innovations and ideas from the show version to a production one. A good example is none other than the Audi Q3 which uses the concept first presented with the 2007 Cross Coupé quattro showcar.
When it comes to dimensions, the Q3 exhibits dynamic lines through numbers. In terms of length, this compact SUV measures 4,385 millimeters long (14.39 ft.) with width at 1,831 millimeters (6.01 ft.) and height, excluding roof rail and antenna, coming in at 1,590 millimeters (5.22 ft.). It has short overhangs with a wheelbase at 2,603 millimeters (8.54 ft.). As result of the D-pillars being sharply sloped and the coupe-like roof line, the Q3 gets a more sporty profile. At its front end, it is clear that the Q3 has been intensively sculpted, helping to direct attention to its accents. The front has a single-frame radiator grille; the upper corners of which are bevelled.
And the lattice is composed mainly of vertical elements. Its side has two rising lines that carry over to its engine hood. Horizontal bars and the large air inlets highlight the already powerful appearance. The front also has the standard fog lights. Similar to the Q5 and the Q7, the Q3’s headlights are shaped like wedges. These are then set deep to its body with the turn signals placed just behind the complex fascia vapour that had been coated with aluminum.
Much like each Audi model, the Q3 comes with the standard halogen headlights. Offered as an option are the xenon plus units and when available, these result in the daytime running lights being executed as two LEDs that only use up a total of 10 watts with the light being emitted through a light guide. This light guide is able to have a U-shaped and flat clasp that is open even to the outside. For the first time in the compact SUV class, the headlights are paired with the high-beam assistant, which is offered as an option. What this system does is to utilize a small camera which tries to detect incoming vehicles, and when it does, it makes the necessary change from low beam and high beam.
There is also the dynamic cornering light -- another high-end option. Dominating the side view is the coupe-like flowing roof that immediately starts to slopes backward in a downward motion. After that, it flows to the D-pillar reminiscent of the A3 models. This D-pillar gives the rear a more energetic look and is highlighted by the long roof spoiler. The standard two-third to one-third sheet metal to greenhouse ratio comes as a standard in the brand’s sporty design language. Its wheel arches are more pronounced and there is an offset wheel measuring up to 19 inches in diameter. On its side can be found the sharply drawn lines which help frame its arched sheet metal surfaces.
It is this wedge-shaped path that ensures the Q3 has an appearance that is fast and lean. The tornado line meanwhile helps define the shadow contour. Starting from the headlights, it goes under the edge of its windows and all through the tail lights. On top of the side sills is the dynamic line which is also an important feature of the brand’s library. Increasing the tension is the line that is in the vicinity of the sills. Uniquely bow-shaped are the door handles with the housing of its side mirrors have the sport LED turn signals.
One of the most well-known features on the Q model series is the width of the rear end which in the case of the Q3 is highlighted by the wrap-around tailgate emphasizes. Its tailgate offers a 3D look and draws back a few centimeters on top of the license plate. Just under this edge is the electric button which can unlock the tailgate.