It’s only been a week since the release of the first sketch teaser and Audi has already come up with a full set of images detailing the new addition to Audi’s offroading range, which will get an official public reveal at the Shanghai Auto Show next week.
The vehicle that will compete with BMW’s X1 is based on the Volkswagen Tiguan, and measures 4.39 meters in length (14.4 ft), 1.83 meters in width (6.0 ft), and 1.60 meters (5.25 ft) in height with the roof rails, so it’s quite a bit smaller than the Q5. Just like its larger brothers, the Q3 is not exactly a looker, but the sharper headlamps make it a bit more aggressive and palatable.
The interior offers everything you would expect in terms of fit finish and trim, plus it offers seating for five adults. Boot space is 460-liters (16.24 cubic ft) in the normal configuration, but it can swell to a volume of 1,365 liters (48.2 cu ft) with the split rear seat backrests folded down.
At launch, the Q3 will be available with two petrol units and a single TDI, with a second one to come onto the scene at a later date. Things might get a bit confusing at times, as all four units have a displacement of 2 liters.
First off, a 2.0 TFSI will be available with two different outputs - 170 hp and 211 hp. The most powerful one can push the Q3 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a not-so-shabby 6.9 seconds an on to a top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph).
A 2.0 TDI, with 177 hp and later on with 140 hp, should prove popular with customers that are economy-driven, as the latter will only burn through 5.2 l/100 km (45.2 mpg US) on the combined run.
The Q3 will go on sale in Europe starting in June and will have a base price in Germany of €29,900 (USD43,300 at today’s exchange rates). There’s no word on US availability at the moment.