The new Audi Q3

Production Cars 15 Apr 2011
The new Audi Q3

The official information and images on the Audi Q3, the new compact SUV that will go on sale this summer. Among the features are the lightweight construction and eco-efficient powertrains.

Debuting at the Shanghai Auto Show, the new Audi Q3 combines a compact SUV layout with an efficiency-oriented design and construction.

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The body and structure make use of tailored blanks, hot-formed steel components and aluminum body panels (engine hood and tailgate), with a total weight of less than 1,500 kg for the basic fromt-wheel-drive model.

Audi Q The design adopts the current company’s language, with the single-frame grille – in this case with tapered upper corners -, the tornado line on the side and the expressive headlights with LED daytime running lights.

These elements are combined with the off-road oriented protections, while the sporty look is underlined by the dynamic roofline and sloped D-pillars.

The Q3 will be offered with a choice of three four-cylinder engines: one TDI and two TFSI units, with power outputs ranging from 103 kW (140 hp) to 155 kW (211 hp), all with direct injection and turbocharging, an energy recovery system and a start-stop system.

Audi Q3 Interior The fuel efficiency is also enhanced by the low drag coefficient of just 0.32.

The units will be coupled with a front-wheel drive and a quattro permanent all-wheel drive, depending on the version.

The Audi Q3 will go on sale in June 2011, with prices starting from about 30k Euros.

Check the extensive gallery of 50+ images or read below the details on the design, selected from the official press release.

Exterior Design

Audi Q3 Design Sketch The Audi Q3 features a sporty and progressive design. The single-frame grille with its tapered upper corners dominates the front; its outline is extended by the dynamic curve of the engine hood.

The wedge-shaped headlights are available as a xenon plus version including LED daytime running lights. Large air inlets hint at the potential of the engines.

Viewed from the side, the Q3 similarly exhibits Audi’s classic design characteristics. The tornado line divides the side underneath the windows.

Audi Q3 Rendering The dynamic line imparts additional flourishes near the side sills and the wheel arches have a muscular look. Metal constitutes two thirds of the vehicle’s exterior; the greenhouse the remaining third. The roof line slopes markedly toward the ground; the D-posts resemble those of a coupe.

Despite its coupe-like styling, the Audi Q3 is clearly recognizable as a member of the Q family. Its wraparound tailgate is similar in design to those on its larger siblings, the Q5 and Q7.

In conjunction with the xenon plus headlights, LED light strips serve as tail lights. The exhaust system’s tailpipes terminate to the left and to the right.

Audi Q3 Rendering The Audi Q3 is 4.39 meters in length (14.4 ft), 1.83 meters in width (6.0 ft), and 1.60 meters (5.25 ft) in height – roof rail included. Its drag coefficient of 0.32 raises the bar in this segment; moreover, its underbody fairing facilitates optimum airflow – underneath the vehicle, too.

In addition to the standard black add-on parts, customers can choose either a full paint finish or color-contrasting add-on parts in anthracite gray for the underbody guard and wheel arches.

The Audi exclusive off-road styling package gives the Q3 a broad and powerful look.

Audi Q3 Orange The S line exterior package, conversely, represents classic Audi and appeals to especially sporty customers.

The passenger cell incorporates a great many tailored blanks as well as extremely strong hot-formed steel.

These components are quite thin, which reduces the vehicle’s weight. The tailgate and the engine hood of the Audi Q3 are made of aluminum.

The front-wheel drive version of Audi’s latest model weighs less than 1,500 kilograms (3,307 lb).

Interior Design

Audi Q3 Interior Design Sketch Inside, a large wrap-around curve encapsulates the driver and the front-seat passenger – a feature familiar from the brand’s large model lines.

The dashboard’s horizontal layout underscores its width. An optional color display (as large as seven inches diagonally) on the instrument panel is a first in the Q series.

Five color concepts are available for the interior: black, gray, beige, and two shades of brown. With regard to upholstery, there are three fabric designs and three leather designs.

Audi Q3 InteriorFor the inlays, there are four optional versions – including open-pored larch inlays and new silvery aluminum inlays with supplementary wire mesh and a 3D look.

Among the options are an on-board computer with efficiency program, an ambient lighting package with a LED lights, a panoramic glass roof, a storage package, sports seats, Adaptive light technology for the xenon plus headlights.

The luggage compartment has a capacity that ranges from Its 460-liter (16.24 cu ft) to a volume of 1,365 liters (48.2 cu ft) with the split rear seat backrests folded down.

Image Gallery

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  1. Threed Fredj

    look like bm X1

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  2. 15/4/2011

    Very good looking car. I had not heard of tailored blanks before, I am impressed.
    It will be interesting to see what this car retails for.

  3. Car Body Design

    facebookaa2 says
    Another Title…

    I saw this really good post today….

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