Audi’s second-generation Q3 crossover is headed to the U.S. market this fall, a bigger, more powerful vehicle than its predecessor, the automaker said at the New York International Auto Show this week.
Available with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel drive across each trim level, the Q3 is an entry-level crossover with roughly 70 percent of its buyers new to the Audi brand, Q3 product manager Andrew Vardell told Trucks.com.
It will be available as a base model in trims of Premium or Premium Plus, or as the performance-oriented S line in Premium, Premium Plus and Prestige. All trims come standard with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
All models have the same eight-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, as well as wheel-selective torque control. This adds traction to either axle via individual wheel braking.
The new Q3 gets five driving modes that alter the drivetrain depending on road conditions and drive preferences. These include comfort, dynamic, offroad, auto and individual.
The crossover’s new design language intentionally mimics that of Audi’s other SUVs, said Vardell. This includes an athletic face, LED headlights that flow to its shoulder line and wide wheel arches. It also stands 1.5 inches taller, 3.8 inches longer and roughly an inch wider than the first-gen Q3.
“We know the customers, especially in this segment, are using their vehicle for a wide variety of things, so we really wanted to focus on flexibility and space for the car,” Vardell told Trucks.com.
Standard features of the Premium trim include roof rails, an 8.8-inch touch screen display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and a panoramic sunroof. It also has 18-inch wheels and all-season tires.
Available options include a 10.1-inch touch screen, S line leather sport seats with accent stitching, steering wheel shift paddles and matte, wood or aluminum inlays. A 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system is an available upgrade.
The Q3 comes standard with Audi’s suite of safety features that detect incoming collisions and actively prepare the vehicle for impact. Cameras monitor the front of the vehicle. If an obstacle or hazard is detected, visual and audio cues are used to alert the driver.
Available safety options include blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic assist and adaptive cruise control that will stop and go with traffic.
There’s also an available top-view camera system that projects a 360-degree image of the vehicle for navigating tight spaces, as well as a park steering-assist feature. This assists drivers when perpendicular or parallel parking, and takes over control of the shifting and braking.
The Q3 competes in the subcompact crossover segment against the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Volvo XC40.
Base models of the Audi Q3 will be on sale later this summer with a starting price of $35,695 for Premium trim and $38,795 for Premium Plus. The S Line Q3 starts at $36,995 for Premium, $40,095 for Premium Plus and $43,895 for the top Prestige trim.