Pricing for the new Audi Q3 has finally been revealed a year after the crossover’s global unveiling, with the range in South Africa set to comprise just a single engine option at launch (likely in September 2019).
According to Audi SA’s website, only the 35 TFSI powertrain – comprising a turbocharged 1,4-litre, four-cylinder petrol unit delivering 110 kW and 250 N.m to the front axle via a six-speed dual-clutch transmission – will be available (for now, at least) in the second-generation line-up. Audi says this model will hit 100 km/h from standstill in 8,9 seconds and top out at 204 km/h.
However, the local arm of the Ingolstadt-based firm will offer the powertrain in conjunction with three distinct trim levels (as pictured below). The first is the base Q3, which is priced from R565 000 and runs on 17-inch alloys. Standard features here include LED headlamps, LED rear lamps (complete with dynamic turn signals), a digital instrument cluster, rain-sensing wipers, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, leather/leatherette upholstery, dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensors and black roof rails.
Next is the Q3 Advanced, which gains model-specific bumpers, wheelarch extensions and side sills, along with a titanium black grille (with aluminium matte-silver slats) and various elements (including the front spoiler and diffuser) finished in selenite matte-silver. Priced from R585 000, this variant features 18-inch alloys (wrapped in 235/55 rubber).
Lastly, there’s the Q3 S line, which starts at R599 000. This derivative adds body coloured S line bumpers, wheelarch extensions, side skirts and a front spoiler lip, along with added exterior elements in a platinum matte-grey finish, different 18-inch wheels and sports suspension.
Of course, various optional packs will also be offered on all three, including the R33 500 technology package (which includes items like Audi’s full virtual cockpit and an uprated navigation system) and the R34 900 sports package (adding things like 19-inch alloys, front sports seats, Alcantara/leatherette upholstery, a sports steering wheel and Audi’s drive select function). A range of standalone options will also be available.
Compared with its predecessor (which debuted as long ago as 2011), the new Audi Q3 has grown appreciably. It now measures 4 485 mm long (97 mm up), 1 856 mm wide (25 mm up) and 1 585 mm high (down 5 mm), while its wheelbase has been stretched by 77 mm.
The rear seats in the new vehicle can slide in a range of 150 mm, allowing either rear legroom or luggage space to be maximised, while three-way split backrests (in the ratio 40:20:40) can be tilted in seven stages. Depending on the position of the rear seats and backrests, the luggage compartment/utility capacity is between 530 and 1 525 litres.