The 2015 Audi Q3 is inspired by the larger and more popular Q5. The Q3 shall be a smaller SUV built for those who are after a compact Audi crossover. A quick peek at the U.S. Q3 model specifications show a great resemblance to another small size crossover in the VWAG family-the Volkswagen Tiguan.
Similar to the VW Tiguan the Q3 has a 2.0l turbo-charged I-4 engine that’s able to produce up to 200hp and 207lb-ft of torque and is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Q3 in Europe is offered with a TDI option, it will for the first time use this as the sole Powertrain in the U.S. market and shall be presented to the buyer in the option of either 2WD or an optional Quattro AWD (all-wheel-drive).
2015 Audi Q3 Exterior
Although the Q3 and the Tiguan share underpins and other mechanical components, they both have distinctive different styling, with the Audi having, a more casual D-pillar and rear glass compared to the Tiguans upright shape.
The Q3 has xenon-plus headlights and LED driving and tail lights which seem to have become the Audi’s trademark lately. The LED lights are also on its side mirrors and for its interior lighting.
Audi Q3 Interior
The standard material used in the Q3’s interior are; high quality leather used on its seats. The Q3’s interior features; heated 12 way –power front seats, a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstered seats and an Audi’s –advanced key-system.
Optional features are; 465-watt-Bose (surround sound) system, power actuated tailgate, 14 Speakers and an inbuilt Wi-Fi connectivity. The Audi MMI which optional features; Google-Earth maps and the – myAudi Destination Feature –that allows one to download up to 50 destinations directly to the car.
Though still not officially confirmed by Audi is the Hot-rod 5-cylinder RS Q3, which is expected to adopt mush of the running gear from the RS3. The next Gen Q3 is expected to come from the Audi’s under-construction company in San Hose Chipas -Mexico while the Q5 crossover shall be built for the purpose of global export.
Release Date and price
The Audi 2015 Q3 is expected to be launched in the fall of this year and starts sales in Europe soon after its launch. Sales in the U.S will be a little delayed. It is expected to retail at a base price of $30,000 which is considerably cheaper. However, in the U.S market, the Q3 is set to retail at a different price which is yet to be disclosed.