Audi Q3: the story so far - Audi Q3 at Shanghai, April 2011
The Q3 is slightly longer than the current A3 and is almost as tall as the Q5 – making it a premium rival for the likes of the Mini Countryman when it’s launched later this year.
The sloped roofline also gives the Q3 the sleek profile of a coupe, while boot space of 460 litres gives it the added element of practicality desired by families.
There will be four 2.0-litre engines available from launch: two petrols and two diesels. Power ranges from 138bhp with the 2.0 TDI 140 up to 208bhp in the 2.0 TFSI 211 unit. The lower-powered petrol and diesel get two-wheel drive and a six-speed manual gearbox as standard. The other two engines will come with Audi’s quattro four-wheel-drive system and S tronic seven-speed semi-auto transmission.
Standard equipment includes alloy wheels, air-conditioning, and an MP3 connection, while cost options range from a storage package and climate control to a panoramic sunroof and heated electric seats.
The Q3 will go on sale in June, with the base model costing €29,900 (around £26,597) in Germany.