Monday, June 20, 2011


After months of speculation Audi revealed their smallest SUV ever at shanghai auto show.The Q3 is the third addition to Audi’s Q series placing itself as a premium rival to the likes of the Ford Kuga and the Nissan Qashqai, and in direct competition with the BMW X1, and the hotly anticipated Range Rover Evoque.

Head on the Audi Q3 is similar in appearance to the rest of the Audi range, with its gaping chrome framed grill and distinctive headlights, the rear seems to take its influence from Audi’s A1 city car.

The premium SUV promises to be as comfortable scaling hills and rough terrains, as it does driving around city streets. The Q3 has extensive interior customisation options, with a number of trim options, interior colours and fabrics to choose from as well as a lengthy extras list.

Initially the Q3 will be available with a choice of four engines which will all combine direct fuel injection with turbo charging backed up by start-stop and energy recuperation systems. There will be a 2.0 litre TFSI petrol engine with either 170PS or 211PS as well as the 2.0-litre TDI engine in either 140PS or 177PS variants. The 140ps 2.0-litre TDI unit will power the front-wheel-drive model only at launch, deliveries of which will start in December, shortly after the rest of the range. All other engines will be linked to the Quattro all-wheel-drive system.

Prices are expected to be starting from around £24,500 with order books opening this month. First deliveries are expected to take place in November

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