Audi releases video of 2012 Audi Q3 baby SUV

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 13, 2011

Audi has posted a short video to complement its recent unveiling of the baby vehicle on its SUV range – the 2012 Audi Q3. This video showed the vehicle on an oval circuit while giving a quick view of its exterior and interior. During the unveiling of the Q3, its exterior was shown to be typically Audi but on video, it looks awesome.

At the upcoming Shanghai International Auto Show, the 2012 Audi Q3 will make its world premiere alongside many other production and concept models.

It will start to sell first in Germany with a base price of €29,900 and it will be offered to the rest of Europe shortly after. But then, Audi has yet to decide if the Q3 will be brought to North America. The Q3, which is being marketed as a rival to the BMW X1, will be available with 2.0-liter engines, in either petrol or diesel. The 2.0-liter TFSI will also be offered in either 170 hp or 211 hp.

The more potent version will enable the Q3 to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.9 seconds and reach a top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph). The 2.0-liter TDI will have an output of 177 hp at first and it will offer 170 hp later on.

When mated with front-wheel drive, the 140hp version will allow the car to return a combined fuel economy of less than 5.2 liters per 100 kilometers (equal to 45.2 US mpg). The two petrols as well as the more powerful diesel will feature permanent all-wheel drive.

Audi is marking its entry into the premium SUV segment with the new Audi Q3. This new premium SUV is well equipped to travel on or off the road, featuring a number of premium technologies unique to Audi like its body, chassis, drivetrain and the assistance and multimedia systems. This compact SUV features coupe-like lines that reveal its sporty nature as well as sharp edges that frame its arched sheet metal surfaces.

The new Audi Q3 also features wedge-shaped headlights that could be optionally specified as xenon plus units and LED daytime running lights, which are also combined with LED tail lights. Its undivided tail lights, meanwhile, have been integrated into the tailgate that wraps around the pillars. The dynamics of the new Q3 is well conveyed by the early dropping low roof line and flat D-pillars. Optional parts could be availed in a variety of colors, including body color, black or anthracite.

Customers may also avail of any of the two available exterior packages. Measuring 4.39 meters (14.40 ft) long, 1.83 meters (6.00 ft) wide and 1.59 meters (5.22 ft) high, the new Audi Q3 features a low coefficient of drag of just 0.32 Cd. Audi will also offer a base version of the Audi Q3 that just weighs around 1,445 kilograms (3,186 lbs).

Interestingly, the Q3 features a rigid, safe and quiet occupant cell that makes use of a number of ultra-high-strength steels. Both the tailgate and the engine hood are made from aluminum. This five-seater SUV offers an interior that makes use of a wide array of materials and colors, thereby providing customers with a sense of personalized space every time they go on a trip. The new Audi Q3 borrows a certain design feature from the large Audi model series -- a large arc extending from one front door to the other.

Cargo room has been designed well, as the new Q3 offers a capacity of 460 liters (16.24 cu ft), which can be expanded to 1,365 liters (48.20 cu ft) when the split rear seat backs are folded. It is also provided with a roof rail for carrying other cargo types. Customers may avail of the optional luggage compartment package and a pass-through hatch for increased versatility and convenience.

As expected of any Audi premium vehicle, the Audi Q3 is also blessed with a wide array of standard equipment, like air conditioning, the chorus audio system and an all-inclusive package of restraint systems. Optional equipment – directly taken from the luxury class – includes the high-beam assistant, the adaptive light system for the xenon plus headlights, the LED interior lighting package, the panoramic glass roof and power-adjustable front seats.

Likewise, the new Audi Q3 is provided with a selection of driver assistance systems that include the park assist system that could autonomously maneuver the compact SUV into tight parking spots, with the driver only having to apply the gas and the brakes. This park assist system could also sense obstacles to the sides and provide ample warning to the driver. On the other hand, the new Q3 is installed with the Audi side assist system that makes use of radar to help change lanes, as well as Audi active lane assist that helps the compact SUV to stay in the lane by making slight yet necessary steering corrections. This new SUV also features a speed limit display that could recognize and present important traffic signs.

Topics: audi, audi q3, crossover

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