The new, second-generation Audi Q3 has finally been revealed, with the Ingolstadt-based automaker describing it as “roomier and more versatile” than the original.
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.
Interestingly, the loading floor can be adjusted in three levels and the parcel shelf stowed underneath said floor if it’s not needed. An electric tailgate, which can furthermore be activated with a kicking motion, is also available as an option.
At launch (globally, that is), Audi will offer its new Q3 with the choice of four turbocharged four-cylinder engines: three petrol (a 1,5-litre and two versions of a 2,0-litre) and one 2,0-litre diesel. The 1,5-litre unit in the 35 TFSI makes 110 kW/250 N.m, while the 2,0-litre unit generates 140 kW/320 N.m in the 40 TFSI and 169 kW/350 N.m in the 45 TFSI.
The oil-burner powering the 35 TDI is worth 110 kW and 340 N.m. Engines are linked to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, driving either just the front or all four wheels.
The Audi drive select system features six modes, and can be linked to an optional active damping suspension system. Alternatively, there is a sport suspension (standard with the S line exterior package) with tauter springs and more “progressive” steering.
Inside, Audi says the new Q3’s cabin “echoes” the brand’s full-size models, with the central element again taking the form of an MMI touch display with a high-gloss black glass-look surround. Together with the air conditioning controls beneath it, the display is tilted ten degrees toward the driver.
Audi says it has “done away” with analogue instruments, stating that even the standard specification on the base model includes a digital instrument cluster with a 10,25-inch screen diagonal. And with the top-of-the-line MMI navigation plus system specified, the displays appear in the brand’s so-called “virtual cockpit” arrangement.