2015 Audi Q3 to Reach US Dealers This Fall

2015 Audi Q3 to Reach US Dealers This Fall

Audi announced today that it will begin marketing its small Q3 crossover to the U.S. next fall following a North American debut at next week’s Detroit Auto Show.

Its arrival will mark the most direct competition to Mercedes’ new GLA-Class, both of which are based on front-wheel drive platforms from their respective manufacturers. The Q3 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 200 hp.  Base models will be offered with front-wheel drive while the four-ring brand’s signature quattro all-wheel drive setup will be offered as well. A six-speed tiptronic transmission is the only gearbox offered.

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Audi discontinued the hatchback version of its previous A3 for North America, and the new Q3 could serve as a viable alternative to drivers who need the added hatchback space.

Its arrival will also mean Audi dealers offering three crossover nameplates in their showrooms: the Q3, Q5 and Q7. Compact crossovers as a segment are ballooning and the German three – like the rest of the industry – are rushing to capitalize on strong global demand.

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