Audi’s lineup of crossovers is becoming much more crowded. A newcomer to the automaker’s lineup is the Q3, a smaller and more affordable premium crossover that will be slotted beneath the Q5.
You’d have to look fast to distinguish the all-new 2015 Q3 from its larger stable mate. It has the same good looks as the Q5, which should appease would-be BMW X1 or Land Rover Range Rover Evoque buyers. Due to its entry-level positioning, it may also make for an attractive alternative to near-luxury options like the new Buick Encore.
“Coming off the recent A3 family announcement we are now for the first time entering into the premium compact class of SUVs with the introduction of the Audi Q3 into our line-up,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “Our growing SUV family will now offer three distinct products in the premium SUV category; and like the successful Q7 and Q5, the Q3 will continue with the established standards they started with regards to utility, craftsmanship, performance and technology.”
The Q3 is unique to the Audi lineup in that it offers a staggering amount of standard content, including heated and power-articulated leather seats, panoramic moonroof, Xenon headlamps with LED accents and keyless start, to name just a few. Audi is betting that the crossover’s long list of standard features will help it stand apart from models that have already established themselves in this burgeoning niche.
Powering the Q3 is a 200-horsepower 2.-liter TFSI engine. Front-wheel drive is standard with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive available as an option. Power is routed through a standard six-speed Tiptronic transmission.
Eighteen inch wheels are standard with 19-inch wheels available as an option. Audi promises that the Q3 will be responsible for bringing more sportiness to the segment thanks to a balanced chassis combined with agile handling, supreme safety and great road comfort.
Other available goodies include the Audi Connect infotainment system, factory-fitted, in-vehicle Wi-Fi connectivity for passenger use, and a BOSE Surround Sound system featuring 465 watts of power sent to 14 speakers.