Price from £23,000 (est)
On sale 2011
What is it? Splice together a coupé andan SUV, and voila!
First the big Q7, then the mid-sized Q5 – and now the compact Q3, which will take on the likes of the new BMW X1.
Although we won’t see the production-ready version until 2011, our artist’s impressions give a good idea of what the Q3 will look like when it goes on sale. Our pictures are based on Audi’s Cross Coupé concept car that was shown at the Shanghai motor show in 2007, and take on board the company’s description of its new baby as‘a coupé-like five-door SUV’.
The Q3 will borrow mechanicals from the Volkswagen Tiguan and will have front-wheel drive. Quattro four-wheel drive should also be available, however, along with Audi’s usual comprehensive array of petrol and diesel engines, as well as the choice of different gearboxes.
‘This will be one of the busiest sectors over the next couple of years. In keeping with the downsizing trend, there will be bags of pint-sized SUVs arriving.’
The Q3 prompts two interesting questions. One is whether there’s space for an even smaller Q1. Answer: probably, considering Audi’s model proliferation in recent years.
The other is whether the fact that the Q3 is to be built at Seat’s factory in Martorell means the Spanish brand might also get a Tiguan-based crossover for itself.
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Price from £13,000 (est)
On sale 2010
What is it? The third generation of Kia’s pint-sized crossover
It’s a little tricky to tell from our spy shot, but we suspect that there’s a more rounded look to the new Sportage underneath the disguise. Hopefully the car will have some of the Venga MPV’s styling cues, some of the sassiness of the Hyundai ix35 and, perhaps, a little of the interest that the Kia Soul has brought to the company’s line-up.
Our snatched photographs show that development work on the third-generation of the car is well under way, with the small new crossover set to arrive in the same year as its bigger brother, the Sorento. Just as before, the new Sportage will be sold with the option of either a two- or four-wheel-drive layout.
Price from £21,000
On sale 2011
What is it? Diesel-electric hybrid
This four-wheel-drive crossover also aims to be eco-friendly, with a diesel-electric hybrid system, rather than the usual petrol-electric set-up.
Peugeot claims the Hybrid4 will hit the all-important sub-100g/km tax-free target for CO2 emissions. It’ll also come with a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox.