Audi's little SUV previewed ahead of Shanghai show
Thursday 14 April 2011
Audi has released the first pictures and details of the compact new Audi Q3 ahead of the model's official debut at the Shanghai Motor Show next week.
The compact SUV, set to be delivered late this year, is Audi's attempt to compete with other urban SUVs such as the BMW X1 and Range Rover Evoque and is described by the German automaker as "city-friendly."
The initial images show a design that's unmistakably Audi, with a chrome-framed grille, trapezoidal running lights and a high shoulder line, giving the model a familiar look that will be popular with the brand's enthusiasts.
In the interests of making it popular with city dwellers, Audi has opted to include several green technologies such as start stop and energy recuperation systems with the three engines that will be available.
This means that the 2.0 liter turbodiesel version of the Q3 will be capable of achieving in excess of 54 miles per gallon (4.3 l/100 km) according to Audi, helped by the fact that it is remarkably light, weighing in at less than 1,500 kilograms.
Inside, drivers will be offered rear parking sensors, dual zone climate control, Bluetooth interface and iPod dock, and concert audio system, although further options include adaptive xenon lights and side assist systems for blind spot and lane departure warnings.
At a later date, the Q3 will link to Audi's MMI Navigation Plus system to use Google Earth images and WiFi from inside the vehicle.
It will join the Q5 and the Q7 in Audi's SUV lineup and is set to be priced at around €29,900 in Germany and £25,000 in the UK, although there is currently no indication when - or if - it will arrive in North America.
Auto Shanghai runs April 21-28 in Shanghai, China.
Life & Style blogs
Snapchat got rid of the Best Friends feature and 'stalkers' are upset
Food secrets: the good, the bad...and the faeces
Pot of gold: tasting the world’s most expensive tea
Taylor Swift’s Twitter and Instagram accounts hacked, apparently by Lizard Squad
Selfie-obsessed men may be narcissistic psychopaths, study finds
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Louise Mensch says 'F**K YOU' in explosive tweets about David Cameron, Saudi Embassy and the Queen over King Abdullah tributes
- 2 Mystery man who gave mum heart-warming note on train 'wanted to put a smile on her face'
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent answer to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: This post arises as a result of the need to...
£120 - £150 per annum: Tradewind Recruitment: I am recruiting on instruction o...
£70000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Head of Finance - Financial Controller - Fina...
£24000 - £28000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Executive - Wim...