Audi has unveiled the new Q3 at the Shanghai Motor Show – which takes place just on these days (21-28 April) – it is a small SUV with a unique design like a coupe and is intended to compete with the BMW X1. The model is derived from the Audi Cross Coupé Quattro concept and debuted also in Shanghai in 2007.
DESIGN: the Audi Q3 is a fairly a compact sport utility, 4385 mm long, 1831 wide, 1608 high, with a wheelbase of 2,603 mm and 0.32 of cx, then this model is shorter of the Q5, of BMW X1 and of the Volkswagen Tiguan which inherits the base (transverse engine, the electromechanical steering and 4-link rear suspension). Audi Q3 promises a weight less than 1,500 kg, a result achieved by using aluminum for hood and tailgate and special steel for the frame. The cockpit can be configured with five groups of colors: black , gray, beige and two brown shades. Upholstery is available with three versions and three type of leather. The luggage compartment ranges from 460 to 1,365 liters.
CAR TRIM: among security systems, Audi Q3 uses lane assist and side assist, adaptive cruise control and readout system of speed limits. Regarding comfort and entertain the Q3 offers the ultimate technologies: the Bose audio system with 14 speakers, Wi-Fi hotspot, navigation system with 3D high-definition screen with Google Map and then the semi-automatic parking system. Available on request are panoramic top, 17 ” to 19″ wheels, a special lighting package and active bi-xenon headlights.
ENGINES: The Audi Q3 it is sold with two petrol engines 2.0 TFSI, respectively, 170 or 211 hp and a diesel 2.0 TDI with 177 hp, while later comes the TDI 140 hp front wheel drive with manual six-speed transmission . All Q3 models adopts 4-wheel drive and six-speed manual transmission or the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch – standard only for the most powerful – which eliminates some of friction and should contribute to a better fuel efficiency. The Audi Q3, as other Audi, adopts the drive select to adapt the vehicle behavior in 4 different modes: normal, comfort, sport and efficiency, changing simultaneously the engine response and setting of transmission, suspension and ESP.
FUEL CONSUMPTION AND PERFORMANCE: in terms of consumption, Audi says 5.2 liters per 100 kilometers for Q3 2.0 TDI 140 hp front wheel drive, while in terms of performance 230 km/h and 6.9 seconds on the 0-100 km/h for the petrol 2.0 170 hp and 211 hp.
The Audi SUV will debut in the German market in June with a prices starting at € 29,900.