Audi Q3 (2018–)
Audi reveals 2018 Q3
It will be available in a choice of 11 paint colours and initially in the UK in Sport or S line specification, the latter featuring an exclusive design for the bumpers, sill trims and diffuser.
LED headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, dynamic rear indicators and a full paint finish will be standard for these versions, and as part of the planned programme of customisation options it will be possible to order a contrasting colour finish for the attachments in the lower body section in Sport versions to accentuate the SUV look even further.
The dash is divided into two levels, the top part including the air vents and the bottom section the large octagonal area with its black-panel look. The high-gloss black trim surrounds the central element of the new operating concept: the MMI touch display. Together with the air conditioning controls underneath, it is tilted 10 degrees toward the driver. All displays, buttons and controls are located ergonomically.
Supportive sport seats with either full cloth upholstery in Sport models or a combination of cloth and synthetic Twin leather in the S line are standard. In the S line there are two further extra cost upholstery options - full Twin leather or Twin leather and Alcantara – and the latter option is also available for the Sport model. For the first time Alcantara also appears as an option for the surfaces of the instrument panel and the door armrests. They are available in three colours, including a bold orange.
In the dark, the optional contour/ambient lighting package sets pinpoint lighting accents on the centre console and on the doors. It can be set to 30 colours and also illuminates the storage compartment under the instrument panel as well as the quattro logo above the glove compartment, or the Audi rings on front-wheel-drive models.
It is 4485mm long, making it 97mm longer than its predecessor, and has grown in width by 18mm to 1849mm, but at 1585mm it sits 5mm lower than the first-generation Q3. Its wheelbase, which has been stretched 78mm to 2681mm.
The three-seater rear bench can be moved fore/aft by 150 millimetres as standard depending on the need for passenger and luggage capacity, and its three-way split backrest in the ratio 40:20:40 can be tilted in seven stages. For even greater comfort the rear seat can be equipped as an option with a centre armrest incorporating two cup holders.
The luggage compartment is also easily accessible thanks to the standard electrically powered tailgate. Its capacity totals 530 or 675 litres depending on the position of the rear seats and backrests - with the backrests completely folded down the figure rises to 1,525 litres.
Analogue instruments have been consigned to history in the new Q3 - its operating and display concept has been overhauled from the ground up. In Sport and S line versions the fully digital MMI touch display with 10.1-inch screen in the centre of the instrument panel is standard, as is MMI navigation plus and the Audi Virtual Cockpit with a 10.25 inch screen within the binnacle.
An 18-inch wheel design is standard in the Sport version, and a 19-inch for the S line, which also incorporates sport suspension settings for an even more tightly controlled feel.
In the optional suspension with damper control, sensors measure the movements of all four wheels as well as the vehicle’s lateral and longitudinal acceleration and the damper characteristics are then adjusted accordingly to suit the road surface conditions and driving situation. All options are allied to standard progressive steering, the ratio of which becomes gradually more direct as the steering angle increases, adding substantially to the surefooted handling of the new Audi Q3.
The entry-level engine is the 1.5-litre TFSI with 150PS and 250 Nm of torque. It uses the cylinder on demand efficiency system, which temporarily switches off two cylinders at low load. Using the new Audi naming convention it will be badged 35 TFSI and will be fitted with a fast-shifting seven-speed S tronic and front-wheel drive at launch - a six-speed manual option will follow later.
The 2.0-litre TFSI unit in the Audi Q3 40 TFSI has 190PS and develops maximum torque of 320 Nm. In its uprated form - the Audi Q3 45 TFSI – it has 230PS and 350 Nm of torque. Both engines are coupled as standard with the seven-speed S tronic and use quattro permanent all-wheel drive based around the hydraulic multi-plate clutch.
In the diesel engine line-up, the 2.0-litre unit with 150PS and 340 Nm of torque is the lead-in version. The Q3 35 TDI is initially available with a manual transmission and quattro drive. Shortly afterwards, a seven-speed S tronic version will be offered in combination with front-wheel drive. Following the market launch, a 2.0 TDI developing 190PS will extend the engine range.