The smallest SUV in the Audi range has its world premiere at the Shanghai Auto Show 2011: Audi Q3. Here are all the pictures and information about the new Audi Q3, BMW X1′s rival. After four years ago the concept Audi Cross Coupe Quattro, was unveiled in China, here at the Shanghai Motor Show opening in 2011 we have the production model derived from that compact: Audi Q3. Not too much brings no surprises to the Cross Coupe Quattro, but no official drawings submitted from a little while ago.
EXTERIOR DESIGN The first thing to be said is that Audi Q3 Audi Q5 looks like a little water came with an idea allure enhanced with lights and counting on a more aggressive style. The front is dominated, as expected, the grid huge pentagon-shaped, elongated headlights and bordered by the benefits of LED sticks, with a strong high-tech look. At the rear, we find the same generous cut in the side of the tailgate, taillights integration, as the Q5 and Audi Q7. Unlike older brothers, the Audi Q3 lights are fine pencil behind me breathing machine ş quite so much momentum for a compact SUV. And when we say “compact”, the figures come to confirm this statement: Q3 has a length of 4.39 meters, 24 centimeters shorter than his brother Audi Q5, but shorter even than the main rival BMW X1 (4.45 m ) or just “cousin” of the Volkswagen Tiguan (4.43 meters). However, Q3 is greater than 30 cm Mini Countryman, not even a “bug” from the city. Otherwise, Audi Q3 has a width of 1.83 meters and a height of 1.6 meters and is suitable for urban traffic. Drag coefficient is a good one for its segment, being 0.32. Of course, not missing from the menu S-Line package for customizing the exterior of the car, which brings additional cough elegance and sportiness.
INTERIOR SPACE Q3 Audi’s interior is very youthful and sporty style detach the Q5′s sober. The interior ambience of Q3 has undergone major changes over small class A1 model, although we expected to move similarities. You could say that Audi Q3 comes with its own philosophy in terms of interior design. The steering wheel is sporty and gauges high-tech look, especially because of the speedometer and tachometer display. Ventilation apertures are not round, but have a more classic paralelipedica, integrating harmoniously into the overall design. In the top of the console we find a generous 7-inch display that folds up when the car is stopped. The controls on the center console are judiciously mixed, the ergonomics are very well studied. At the top we find the audio and navigation system controls and buttons on the console are automatic air conditioner. Of course, as Audi does too far, in ambient light illumination is red. Equipment versions benefit from higher aluminum trim and the optional sport seats are available or custom leather upholstery. The first impression is of outstanding quality materials and assembly, and the designers promise that the car benefits from many useful storage spaces. Audi Q3′s boot is a good value, and 460 liters in 5-seat configuration, by folding down bringing it up to 1365 liters, enough to load the sports car. Wheelbase value has not yet been communicated, but the place for rear passengers seems at least sufficient.
ENGINE AND TECHNOLOGY Audi Q3 will be released for sale with two petrol and one TDI will be offered again after a TDI engine. All engines benefit from direct injection, turbocharged, start-stop system and energy recovery system from braking. The petrol versions are equipped with the 2.0 TFSI, which is offered in two variants of power: 170 hp and 211 hp. If top version, Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI accelerates from 0-100 km / h in 6.9 seconds and maximum speed amounts to 230 km / h. 2.0 TDI diesel offered at launch will have a power of 177 hp and will occur later version will have 140 hp. It will provide an average consumption of 5.2 litres/100 km (amount available for front-wheel version). For all engines will be available, clear, and quattro all-wheel drive, and an automatic gearbox with seven-speed S-Tronic. All will be offered optional Audi Drive Select system, with four programs (Comfort, Auto and Dynamic Efficiency) by modifying the selection of the strength and direction of acceleration response. Standard, Audi Q3 comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, but the offer from the list of options includes up to 19 inch wheels, while the tires have a reduced resistance to abrasion. Ground clearance of the Audi Q3 is 17 cm, a satisfactory value for a compact SUV class, and ESP stability control system has a function of the electronic differential lock – in cornering, adjusts torque distribution between the wheels of axles. In addition, ESP also benefit from a support function to tow caravans (maximum towing weight is 2 tons).
PRICES AND PRODUCTION Audi Q3 will be produced at Martorell (near Barcelona, ??Spain) and sale on the European market launch is scheduled for this summer. In Germany, the base price of the Audi Q3 will be 29,900 euros, as well equipped as standard and optional announcing the list very long. Main competitor, the BMW X1 has a starting price of 27,600 euros in Germany and the larger Audi Q5 starts at 36,800 euros. Audi Q3 as price is much better even than the Audi A4 Allroad crossover version, which starts in Germany at 37,350 euros.