Coinciding with a mild facelift, Audi has introduced a new entry-level model to the Q3 stable. Will downscaling dent the boutique crossover’s appeal?
The RS Q3 is set to feature a 228 kW/420 N.m turbocharged 2,5-litre five-cylinder engine mated exclusively with a seven-speed S tronic transmission and feature the latest evolution of the company’s quattro all-wheel drive system. Audi claims the racy Q3 will accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5,5 seconds and be limited to a top speed of 250 km/h. Claimed fuel consumption is 8,8 L/100 km with CO2 emissions of 206 g/km.
Audi continues to mine the depths of vehicular niche-dom with its Q3 compact crossover
The Q family of local Audis has grown with the introduction of a smaller SUV than the compact Q5 model, the Q3. The particular market of A-segment SUVs is so niche that up until now the only model occupying it has been BMW’s X1, which the Q3 firmly has its sights set on.
Audi has released official renderings of its Q3 RS concept ahead of this year’s Beijing Motor Show. Basically, the Ingolstadt firm has shoehorned the engine from the TT RS into its smallest SUV offering.
Named after the popular Vail ski resort in Colorado, the Q3 Vail concept showcases Audi’s intentions for a sportier version of its upcoming Q3 compact SUV.
Having driven the new Audi Q3 around the neat roads of Zurich, Switzerland, today, I am pleased to confirm that those same solid, beefed up exterior lines are successfully complemented by the rest of the package.
The international launch of Audi’s new Q3 SUV has just taken place in Switzerland. Have a look at the video or click here to read Associate Editor Ian McLaren’s driving impression. Ian McLaren’s driving impression.