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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.