Audi has finally unveiled the Q3, the compact SUV ready to do battle against the BMW X1.
In Audi’s relentless quest to leave no niche unturned, the Q3 is the dinghy to the Q5’s and Q7’s superyachts. At about 14.4 feet long, it’s a tick bigger than the A3, at 13.9 feet, and its styling—which Audi says is “coupe-like” and “one-of-a-kind among SUVs” mimics that of its older siblings to a tee.
Under the hood, the Q3 will be equipped with four engines: a 140-horsepower 2.0 TDI diesel and two TFSI gasoline engines with either 170 or 211 horsepower. All three are turbocharged and direct-injected, and all three feature energy-recovery and start-stop systems for maximum mileage-wringing. In true Audi form, quattro and trick transmissions will be available, including a six-speed manual and a seven-speed S-tronic.
Technology options include a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system, LED headlights with corner-adapting xenons, lane assist, hill hold assist, and self-parking with 12 sensors, and wireless Internet through Audi connect—accessible through a 7-inch screen that pops up from the dash.
When it goes on sale in June, Audi will offer off-roadand S Line sporty styling packages, and no less than twelve colors for the exterior. Expect at least 9 of those to be monochrome.
Audi has yet to announce if the Q3 will make its way to North America.