Audi reveals 2015MY Q3

2015 Audi Q3 1 Audi reveals 2015MY Q3

2015 Audi Q3 5 Audi reveals 2015MY Q3

2015 Audi Q3 Interior 1 Audi reveals 2015MY Q3

In recent years, ‘The German Big 3’ auto makers, Mercedes, BMW and Audi has revamped their range of SUV’s by introducing smaller crossover models that appeal to a broad range of buyers. One such bright example is the ‘Q3’ executive class compact sized crossover car. It was introduced in the year 2011 as 2012 model year. The vehicle was first seen as a concept car that was revealed during the 2007 Motor Show in Shanghai, China. It was designed by Julian Hoenig who also later designed the production version. It is built using the PQ35 platform developed by Volkswagen that can also be found in VW Tiguan, VW Golf (Mk5) and other Volkswagen group cars like Skoda Yeti and SEAT Tribu. Unlike other models in the range like ‘Q5’ and ‘Q7’, the ‘Q3’ is like a sporty style lifestyle car. The model has been heavily promoted in emerging markets like India and China. The model is not built in Germany but in three nations across the world- China, India and Spain. As per latest reports the model will be launched in the North American market in 2014. Apart from the base model, Audi also builds the higher performing ‘RS Q3’. Since the model has become popular after release , Audi is looking to build on that success by giving the model a face lift for the 2015 model year. While the date for its public debut has not been announced yet, Audi has revealed photos and information about the face lifted version. The face lifted version will also have some slight changes in the engine range and will boast some updated features. Audi is also making some changes to the ‘RS Q3’.

Exterior/Interior

On the exterior, the front grille has been given a glossy border .The design of the bumpers are different and some new wheel designs have also been introduced. From the photos it can be assumed that the wheels will be large in diameter. There has been some changes in the headlights as well with the addition of powerful xenon units and LED daytime lamps. All models in the range will have total body color paintwork. Audi is also launching several new standard metallic body colors- Cuvée Silver, Hainan Blue and Utopia Blue.

The new standard seats come with height adjustment feature. Buyers can go for additional features like heating and lumber support. The seats are comfortable and have personalized storage spaces. There is a multi-functional steering wheel with three or four spoke design. Other key features are- leather upholstery, infotainment system with CD, Aux-in MMI radio, 6.5 inch screen, navigation and more. The safety features of the model has also been updated with new options like lane keeping feature, blind-spot warning, traffic signal indication etc. The system of Drive Select is now a standard feature and helps you to get steering and throttle response like never before.

Engine

With the face lift, all engines of the ‘Q3’ range has been tweaked to meet the standards of Euro 6 emissions. Thanks to the efforts from Audi engineers, the engines are now both more efficient and more powerful. One new engine has been introduced, a 1.4-litre TFSI 148bhp cylinder on-demand petrol unit that was used with some A3 and A1 models. When having low load, the engine can shut off two out of its total of four cylinders. This helps to save fuel. With the , front-wheel drive ‘Q3’only, the buyers will have options of S-tronic dual clutch auto and manual transmission . The manual gear box Audi will deliver a combined cycle fuel efficiency rate of 50.4 miles per gallon. The range topping TFSI 2.0 liter engine has increased power, from 168 to 178bhp.

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