Model: Q3 TFSI Quattro
Engine: 2.0-litre inline-four
Power: 155 kW (211 PS)
Power per litre: 77.5 kW (105.5 PS)
Torque per litre: –
Transmission: 7-speed S tronic
Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
Kerb weight: –
0-62 mph (0-100 km/h): 6.9 seconds
1/4 mile (0-400 metres): –
Top speed: 230 km/h (143 mph)
The Audi Q3 – a premium SUV in compact form
Audi Press Release
13 April 2011
The new Audi Q3 is a premium SUV in a compact form. This genuine Audi sets standards in all aspects of engineering – from its body through drivetrains and chassis to its state-of-the-art assistance systems and multimedia systems. The Audi Q3 is a versatile companion for everyday life – with an urbane character.
The design of the Q3 is classic Audi: its coupe-like styling is one-of-a-kind among SUVs and symbolises its sporty identity. Distinctive lights add a striking touch and the very flat-set rear window emphasise the sporty nature of the Audi Q3.
Thanks to systematic lightweight design, the basic version of the Audi Q3 weighs less than 1,500 kilograms (3,307 lb). Its engine hood and wraparound tailgate, which houses the taillights, are made of aluminium; the safe and solid passenger compartment features a great many ultra-high-strength steels. Its low drag coefficient of just 0.32 also enhances fuel efficiency considerably.
The interior of Audi’s latest model is very roomy; its ergonomics and its workmanship are exemplary. Just as for the exterior, customers have many opportunities to express their very own style in the interior: Audi offers a wide selection of materials and colours. The luggage compartment offers 460 to 1,365 litres (16.24 to 48.2 cu-ft) of capacity – ideal for sports and leisure.
Customers can opt to supplement the standard specification with numerous options straight from the luxury class. Examples include adaptive light technology for the xenon plus headlights, which ideally illuminates the road ahead – even around corners. And an enhanced parking assistant alerts the driver to obstacles, even if they are off to the side.
Furthermore, Audi offers an entire set of infotainment components, spearheaded by the large MMI navigation plus – a hard drive navigation system – and the Bose surround sound system, with handsomely illuminated woofers up front. In the near future, an online Bluetooth car phone will follow, paired with a WLAN hotspot to provide the Q3 with full Internet connectivity.
This compact premium SUV by Audi will roll off the assembly line with three different four-cylinder engines: one TDI and two TFSI units. All three will combine direct injection with turbocharging, and will feature not only an energy recovery system but also a start-stop system. With power outputs ranging from 103 kW (140 PS) to 155 kW (211 PS), these engines will be as efficient as they are powerful. The basic version, the Q3 2.0 TDI, is scheduled to appear a little later and – with 103 kW (140 PS) and front-wheel drive – will average less than 5.2 litres of fuel per 100 kilometres (45.23 US mpg).
The most powerful gasoline engine and diesel engine, respectively, will be paired with quattro permanent all-wheel drive and a seven-speed S tronic, which switches gears at lightning speed. And the S tronic features an innovation: during coasting, the dual-clutch transmission disengages the clutch and allows the Q3 to roll freely – provided that the driver has selected efficiency mode in the optional Audi drive select system. This measure also boosts fuel efficiency.
Drivers can use the four modes of Audi drive select to have various systems adjust to their individual driving style; these include engine management and the optional adaptive dampers. The chassis of the Q3 – featuring a four-link rear suspension, electromechanical power steering, and robust wheel brakes – is the fruit of great design labour. The hold assist function is an available option; down the road, the hill hold assist system will be made available.
The Audi Q3 will go on sale in June. Its basic price in Germany will be 29,900 euros.