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.
As an option, Audi will offer the sport package which includes front sport seats with adjustable thigh support, the Driver Assistance package offered with Audi side assist and Audi parking system with rearview camera, Audi MMI navigation plus with 7.0-inch color monitor, power tailgate with programmable preset opening angle, Prestige trim package which includes extended infotainment and convenience features such as Audi Connect and the Bose Surround System featuring a ten-channel receiver delivering 465 watts of power to 14 speakers.
“Coming off the recent A3 family announcement we are now for the first time entering into the premium compact class of SUVs with the introduction of the Audi Q3 into our line-up,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “Our growing SUV family will now offer three distinct products in the premium SUV category; and like the successful Q5 and Q7, the Q3 will continue with the established standards they started with regards to utility, technology, craftsmanship and performance.”
Confident and strong, these are the two words that describe the road stance of the new Q3 from Audi. The way the sharply sloped D-pillars come together with the coupe-like roofline results in the profile having an athletic and expressive appearance. By having the front and rear sections dominated by horizontal lines, it allows for the width to be highlighted.
It also makes this model not only expressive but also unique. On the front section, the defining element is the Singleframe grille. The top corners have been made larger and are now able to extend to the vehicle’s headlights. Then there is the bumper, which has a new design, and the air intake struts and honeycomb grilles that are all bordered with sharp edges.
For the front splitter, it has been extended forward and under the center flat intake. The headlights have a new structure and represent yet another change to the front section. Now fitted as standard are the xenon plus units that come with the daytime running lights that have LED. Standard as well are the all-weather lights. Audi revealed that its LED headlights are offered as an option. These headlights show a unique LED daytime running light curve that surrounds the headlight.
Under this option, there are a total of 27 light-emitting diodes, all energy efficient, that give the needed lighting functions. Customers have the choice to supplement both headlights with what is known as the high-beam assistant. When it comes to the dimensions, the new Q3 remains to be compact much like the previous version. Overall length is 14.4 feet (4,388 mm) with the wheelbase measuring 8.5 feet (2,603 mm).
Width is measured to be 6.0 feet (1,831 mm), and not counting the antenna, the height is at 5.2 feet (1,590 mm). Like the front section, the side has its own defining element which is the early-sloping and flowing roof with a coupe-like feel. This same roof eventually narrows to a flat D-pillar. The body itself shows the powerful and strong surfaces that are bordered with the sharply drawn lines.
As expected of the brand’s athletic design language, the body to greenhouse ratio of the new Q3 is two-thirds to one-third. Below the vehicle’s windows is a tornado line which results in that light-refracting elegant edge. Looking at the side sills, they are clearly more pronounced. While the wheel wells are indeed strongly defined, this is boldly offset by the wheel arches.