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2018 Audi Q3 will receive Competition Package, Sport trim in the United States

The Audi Q3, also known as the smallest crossover option in the United States, is getting a new upgrade, with an overall sportier look. This is because the automaker will introduce a new Sport trim to the lineup next year. Though it is a “Sport” trim, do not expect it to perform better because the sporty upgrades are only limited to the exterior. Having said that, it focuses more on convenience features and styling.

For those who are interested, the 2018 Audi Q3 Sport Premium can be had for $34,875 (including $975 destination fee). That makes it $1,000 more expensive than the standard Q3. You are probably wondering what upgrades you will get with the additional $1000. Well, this trim includes new exterior treatments like 19-inch 10-spoke wheels and brushed matte aluminum inlays. This goes with a power tailgate, mirrors that automatically dim, and proximity key with the $1,350 Convenience Package equipped.

The higher trim, which is the Sport Premium Plus, on the other hand, costs a little more at $36,775 for 2018. If you will include the optional technology package, that will cost you an extra $1,200. This trim features a Bose audio system and other fancy things. And for those who would like to go for the sporty luxury option, there is the range-topping S Line Competition Package that comes loaded with features as well as blacked out design touches. But naturally, this costs a little more too.

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2016 Audi Q3 Connected Mobility Concept Comes with Electric Longboard

During the 2016 Beijing Motor Show, Audi finally launched its latest Connected Mobility Concept based on the Q3, which comes with smartphone integration. But guess what, it also gets an electric longboard in the rear bumper. The longboard primarily serves as an alternative mode of transportation, making mobility more creative and convenient.

The Q3 Connected Mobility Concept basically looks like the Q3 crossover— both exterior and interior. No modifications have been employed aside from the enhanced connectivity and mobility. Through the Audi MMI connect app, the Q3-compact-crossover-inspired concept can be synced to a smartphone calendar, enabling the vehicle to know where the driver is going. In addition, it can also be linked to the vehicle’s infotainment system. Moreover, the concept can determine the fastest routes. When the fastest route no longer needs the vehicle, the driver can easily hop on the longboard and scoot the rest of the way after the app has found a perfect parking spot for the Audi.

The 3.44-feet electric longboard can run up to 7.40 miles and accelerate up to 18 mph on a single charge-up. Moreover, the scooter has a spot for the smartphone on the handlebars to make it more convenient for the user to access the Audi MMI connect app. When not in use, the electric long board can be placed back at its rear bumper storage tray, where it automatically recharges.

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367 hp Audi RS Q3 Performance unveiled at 2016 Geneva Motor Show

The new Audi RS Q3 Performance can best be described as raw power in motion. Equipped with its award-wining 2.5 TFSI engine giving a 270 kW (367 hp) output and 465 Nm (343.0 lb ft) of torque, this top-of-the-line offering from Audi barrels down the road with a jaw-dropping maximum speed of 270 km/h (167.8 mph) and accelerates from 0 to 100km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.4 seconds.

No surprise there since this legendary Audi five-cylinder engine has been named for six consecutive years now (since 2010) as the “International Engine of the Year” by an international panel of automotive journalists. Complementing the sports SUV’s unparalleled power and control is the RS Performance’s equally impressive glance-stealing profile, a honed version of the signature sporty look of all Audi models.

A standard feature of this premium SUV is the RS sport suspension with an optional damper control, taming the effects of its engine’s awesome power and gives the new RS Q3 a lower body profile by 20 mm (0.8 in) compared to the previous Q3 model.

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Fuel-efficient Audi Q3 crossover promises to keep the lead over BMW X1

Expect a more fuel-efficient Audi Q3 next year as the carmaker is making true plans to endow the revised crossover with more efficient powertrains. Audi did not only enhance the output of its gasoline-powered TFSI engines, but also installed a fuel-saving cylinder deactivation technology called “displacement on demand” system.

This system shuts down two cylinders when not needed, making the powertrain around 7 percent more efficient. The upgrade is part of the Q3’s mid-cycle refresh, which entails a revised design and more standard features. Audi will roll out the Q3 in Europe in February 2015 and later in the United States.

The Q3 currently stands atop Europe’s premium crossover segment, followed by BMW X1. Audi sold 5-percent more Q3s in the first half of 2015 to 40,730 units, helping the overall European premium crossover segment to post a 9-percent jump in sales in the period to 232,075 units, according to JATO Dynamics.

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The Audi Q3 made its debut back in 2011 and since then, it became a successful model for the German company. Still, Audi needed to improve its smallest crossover and unveiled today the facelifted version. When it comes to design, the redesigned Audi Q3 arrived with a new Singleframe grille, brand new headlights which are offered as standard with xenon plus technology and LED daytime running lights, optional LED headlights as well as redesigned LED taillights.

At the top of the two new Q3 trim lines design and sport are the S line sport package, the S line exterior package, the Audi exclusive design package and the Audi exclusive exterior design package. Engine lineup comprises three TFSI units and three clean diesel four-cylinder units, developing between 120 hp (88 kW) and 220 hp (162 kW). Due to their fuel efficiency, the 1.4 TFSI COD and the 2.0 TDI bear the “Audi ultra” badge.

When equipped with a manual transmission, the Audi Q3 1.4 TFSI ultra is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 9.2 seconds, while top speed is limited at 204 km/h or almost 17 mph. The engine develops 150 hp (110 kW) and 340 Nm (250 lb-ft) of torque Using 17-inch tires optimized for fuel consumption, this model needs only 5.5 liters per 100 km (42.8 US mpg), corresponding to 127 grams CO2 per km.

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Audi announced that the front-wheel-drive 2015 Q3 will start at $32,500 in the United States, excluding the $925 destination charge. If you want the model fitted with the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, you need to pay $34,600, excluding $925 destination charge. The 2015 Audi Q3 Prestige (FWD) model costs $46,400, while the Quattro model is priced at $38,500.

Prices do not include the $925 destination charge. Each model is powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI engine that generates 200 hp, bolted to a six-speed Tiptronic transmission.

Audi offers as standard the distinctive exterior lightning that includes Audi xenon plus and LED daytime running headlamps but also LED taillights. As an option, there is the Sport Package that includes new sport seats, shift paddles and the Audi drive select.

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The 2015 Audi A3 US-spec made its debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, looking ready to join the Q5 and Q7 on the US market. Available this fall, the 2015 Audi Q3 will be offered as standard with the 2.0-liter TFSI four-cylinder engine rated at 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque.

The engine will be mated to the standard six-speed Tiptronic transmission which will transfer the power to the front wheels or to the optional Audi Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system. As an option, the company will offer the Audi drive select system, which will allow drivers to adjust handling and response at the touch of a button. Three drive modes will be available: Comfort, Dynamic and Auto.

Audi will offer as standard the panoramic sunroof with power retractable sunshade, xenon plus front lightning with LED DRLs and taillights, 12-wat power front seats (heated), leather seating surfaces and the well-known Audi advanced key.

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Chinese automaker Qoros can’t use the letter "Q" as part of the name of a new sedan intended for Europe and China after Audi was granted a temporary court injunction, according to a German newspaper. For the second half, Qoros aims to launch a compact sedan named the GQ3 in China. It’s set to launch in Europe towards the end of 2013.

Die Welt reported that Audi makes use of the letter "Q" for its SUVs and crossovers and had opposed the letter that shows up in the GQ3 name. According to the paper, Audi had been granted a court injunction on January 14 against Qoros in Hamburg's civil court. The injunction was confirmed by a court spokesman. Qoros is set to debut the GQ3 in March at the Geneva auto show. The compact will be displayed together with concepts that preview a crossover hatchback and a station wagon, which all use the same underpinnings.

Qoros is a partnership between Chery, a China-based automaker, and Israel Corporation, an investment firm.
Qoros said that Audi’s complaint had been a shock since the company had filed the GQ3 trademark at the European Trademark office and had given Audi a formal notification. When interviewed by Automotive News Europe, a Qoros spokesman said that GQ3 was an initial name for the sedan and has yet to be finalized, saying that Qoros will fight the court injunction "to keep its options open."

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Audi has unveiled a new ‘entry level’ version of the popular Q3 compact sports utility vehicle, the Audi Q3 2.0 TDI quattro 140PS. The Audi Q3 2.0 TDI quattro, Audi’s 250th model equipped with an all-weather traction aid, can now be ordered at just £26,510 OTR and is expected to account for up to 40 percent of total Q3 sales.

The new Q3 model is powered by a 2.0-litre direct injection diesel engine that provides 140PS of power and 320Nm of torque, which is transmitted via a six-speed manual gearbox to the quattro system. Thanks to the engine start-stop and recuperation technology, the new model’s engine can return up to 49.6mpg combined and emit just 149g CO2 per kilometre travelled.

The highly efficient engine allows the new Q3 model to accelerate from zero to 62mph in 9.9 seconds and to reach a 122mph top speed. Still available for the Audi Q3 2.0 TDI Quattro are the SE and S line specification levels. The SE specification level features 17-inch alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, light and rain sensors and dual-zone climate control. It also features a Concert audio system with 6.5-inch manually retractable colour display screen, preparation for SD card navigation, Bluetooth interface, and Audi Music Interface iPod connection.

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At this year’s Wörthersee Tour, Audi will bring three custom Q3 models: the new Audi Q3 Red Track, the Audi Q3 Jinlong Yufeng or ‘Golden Dragon in the Wind’ and the Audi RS Q3 Concept. These models are quite different but their ”heart”remains the same: a five-cylinder TFSI engine delivering between 228 kW (310 hp) and 265 kW (360 hp).

The Audi Q3 Red Track was designed for winter-sport enthusiasts and features two pairs of Audi skis made from carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, found on the roof. Moreover, the vehicle comes with two hand lamps radiant heating elements and a thermos flask in the load area and the most interesting part is that these are supplied inductively with electric power.

Heatable seat cushions are integrated into the reversible load-area mat. The first visual impact with the car shows an Energy Red paint finish with golden pearl-effect particles. Furthermore, we see add-on body elements finished in matt grey quartz paint.

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It appears that China is becoming more and more important for Audi as the German manufacturer introduced at the Auto China 2012 in Beijing, the RS Q3 Concept, A6 L e-Tron Concept and the Q3 Jinlong Yufeng. The Audi Q3 Jinlong Yufeng is the latest addition at firm’s Auto China booth. And because 2012 is the Chinese year of the dragon. Jinlong yufeng means “Golden Dragon in the Wind.”

The vehicle is based on the fast-moving sport of kitesurfing, in which the objective is to fearlessly control the power of the wind. The Q3 Jinlong Yufeng comes with two kiteboards made of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) mounted on the roof but also a flat outdoor pouch as a special cargo floor liner. The latter not only offers protection against dirt, but can also be used to stow wet beach articles or can even be used as a sun umbrella or a seat cover.

The kite can be stowed in a kite pouch, especially designed for this vehicle. Moreover, two wet beach articles or can even be used as a sun umbrella or a seat cover. What is real interesting is that the kite surfers can mount the Audi Cams to the sail bar, their equipment or a helmet with an elastic band. The images are transmitted to the car via a strong WLAN router connection.

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As expected, Audi unveiled today the Q3 Vail at the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, a vehicle named after the famous winter sports venue in the United States. Apparently, the new concept was designed for the young fans of winter sports who love skiing or snowboarding.

The vehicle features an Energy Red which contains golden pearlescent particles, new add-on body parts finished in matt gray quartz-based paint and vertical struts made from aluminum, integrated in the single-frame grille. The restyled aluminum roof rails are specially designed for transporting skis and snowboards.

Moreover, the front roof-rail support integrates wide-angled LED lights that illuminate the area around the Audi Q3 Vail and are controlled via buttons in the roof module. The design of the car is completed by the 20-inch wheels which have visible edges have a high-gloss finish, while the inside areas feature the same matt quartz-based paint. Track width has increased 40 millimeters (1.57 inches) at the front and rear compared to series-built models, and the body is 30 millimeters (1.18 inches) higher.

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New Audi Q3 has been awarded the maximum five-star rating for passive crash safety by the Euro NCAP consortium. The results for adult safety in a side, frontal or rear collision, for child wellbeing and pedestrian protection mean that the new Audi Q3 is one of the safest vehicles in its category.

The consortium, which was established in 1997, is composed of worldwide representatives from European transport ministries, insurers, consumer protection organizations and automobile associations. It executes rigorous assessments of the crash performance of new vehicles. The test requirements far exceed the standards of European lawmakers.

The results of the Q3 for passenger and driver protection in side and frontal impact collisions easily earned the automobile the top rating of five stars. The test also revealed that children are well-protected in this new model. Euro NCAP also tests the fasten seatbelt reminder for the front and in particular the rear seat passengers. The Audi Q3 comes standard with both systems.

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Audi has made no decision yet on whether the compact Q3 crossover will be brought to the U.S. However, Johan de Nysschen, president of Audi of America, said that this may take place within three years after a midlife facelift. De Nysschen explained that the company first has to assess economic feasibility and whether it can reach targets.

Price is one “big obstacle,” de Nysschen adds. It has to be low to appeal to buyers but then, it also has to be profitable.

Peter Schwarzenbauer, Audi AG board member for sales and marketing, believes that there’s a market for the Q3 in the U.S. He said that the U.S. is prepared for a car that’s positioned below the Q5, according to Autonews. One year ago, the Q3 was launched in Europe.

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ABT Sportsline tuners have created a new look for the Q3, which will come with a power boost for the diesel or petrol variants. The Q3 is available with both 2.0-liter forced induction engines, in both diesel and petrol versions. The least powerful of these models is the 140 hp TDI that delivers 170hp. Meanwhile, the 177 hp variant of the same unit currently has the same output as that of the previous generation Golf GTI - 195hp.

The petrol front comes with the 2.0-liter TSI that originally had 170 hp in stock form now delivers 210 hp.

Meanwhile, Audi’s best version of a fast Q3, the 211 hp mode, has received a boost to 250hp. The tuner also said that it doesn’t matter what engine is selected as the buyer always gets “a vehicle which combines maximum driving fun with everyday usability and reliability. “

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Audi has been offering numerous customization options for the A1 and now, it offers the same for the Q3. Contrary to what Audi wants customers to believe, its interiors aren’t quite that edgy or exciting. In fact, they use a lot of grays and blacks on their sedans for executives and families. But now, Audi wants to liven up its little crossover by using platinum or truffle beige inlays as standard.

The Colour and Trim Team have developed additional options for owners that want a boost.

A dark brown larch wood inlay is the first new trim piece. Team member Rosalie Schrader said that Audi seeks to give a “strong aesthetic” to both the exterior and interior. To make the vehicle have its “very own soul,” the wood was left in a more natural state and was somewhat rougher.

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The Audi Q3 has a starting price of £24,560 when order books open in the UK this June. Prices could go as high as £31,360 for the range-topping 2.0-litre TFSI Quattro with 208bhp partnered to the 7-speed 
S tronic ’box. Deliveries are set to start this November.

The Q3 is available with two diesel (2.0-litre TFSI in 168bhp and 208bhp guises) and two petrol engines (2.0-litre TDI engines with either 138bhp or 175bhp). All of them feature stop-start as standard.

The power for the entry-level petrol and diesel variants will be transferred via a six-speed manual gearbox. Meanwhile, the more potent versions will receive the seven-speed S tronic transmission.

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The Q3 compact SUV from Audi, Volkswagen AG's luxury brand, will compete against the X1 of BMW AG as the two luxury carmakers hope to take advantage of the increasing demand for SUVs in urban areas. Audi is aiming to outperform BMW as the leading company in the luxury cars segment, which BMW created when it introduced the X1’s in 2009.

In 2010, BMW recorded sales of almost 100,000 X1s, accounting for 8.2 percent of the company’s overall sales. On the other hand, Audi is planning an annual production of 100,000 units for the Q3, according to Chief Executive Officer Rupert Stadler during the Shanghai motor show.

The Q3 will go on sale in June with a starting price of 29,900 euros, making the vehicle model around 7,000 euros cheaper than the mid-sized Q5 models. In addition, the Q3 is also 24 centimeters (9.5 inches) shorter than the Q5. The Q3 will appeal to the emerging urban centers market, especially to the female drivers, Audi's development chief Michael Dick disclosed in an interview at the motor show.

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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.

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As expected, as we told you in this article, Audi revealed today the all-new Q3, the so-called premium SUV in a compact form. Regarding the design, there is absolutely no surprise and the car follows the same philosophy seen on all Audi SUVs.

Moreover, the car looks like a smaller Q5 and weighs less than 1,500 kilograms (3,307 lb). The luggage compartment offers 460 to 1,365 liters (16.24 to 48.2 cu ft) of capacity. Under the hood, we find a choice of three four-cylinder engines: one TDI and two TFSI units.

Just like we told you, the car has the same engine seen on the 2011 Vw Tiguan, which means that the petrol engines deliver 103 kW (140 hp) and 155 kW (211 hp), while the popular 2.0-liter diesel engine (TDI) delivers 103 kW (140 hp).

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