Peter Schwarzenbauer, Audi AG board member for sales and marketing, says executives within the German manufacturer are still talking on the possibility to launch the Q3 in the United States but even if the car receives the approval to go on sale there, this won't happen sooner than 12 to 15 months.
The A3 on the other hand will most likely step on American soil very soon, but only in sedan form. The grand debut is expected to take place in 2013, when it will take the place of the low selling A3 that's currently available in the country.
"If you look at this specific segment around the world, you come to the conclusion that this car is designed -- but it is not yet decided -- with the U.S. and China in mind," Schwarzenbauer said. "These are two markets where the segment is quite big."
The A3 concept displayed in Switzerland came with a five-cylinder engine, coupled with a 7-speed S tronic transmission, generating 408 hp from a displacement of 2.5 liters. Its peak torque of 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) is available over a broad rev range between 1,600 and 5,300 rpm. This allows the car to accelerate to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.1 seconds, up to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155.34 mph).