New tech and look for Audi Q3
Following a series of refreshments to some of its passenger models during the previous months, Audi has now offered the same treatment to its compact Q3 SUV in the form of exterior changes and new drivetrain options.
In line with Ingolstadt marque’s latest design language, first seen on the recently launched TT, the Q3 features a redesigned chrome grille, projector type inspired headlights with (optional) full LED’s, new front and rear bumpers, new tailgate and dynamic LED rear indicators.
Changes to the interior are minimal and mainly includes the latest version of Audi’s MMI media interface and upgraded trim.
Model-wise, Audi has streamlined the range with the dropping of the manual shift front-wheel drive 2.0 TDI in favour of a 1.4 TFSI petrol engine which debuted in Europe last year.
Available with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed S tronic box, and again sending power only to the front wheels, the new unit offers up 110 kW and 250 N.m of torque and is said to consume unleaded at a rate of 6.0 L/100 km.
In another change, the previous range topping 155 kW 2.0 TFSI has been dropped and the remaining 125 kW unit revised to now produce 132 kW and 320 N.m of torque (up from 280 N.m) A seven-speed S tronic sends to power all four wheels via Audi’s trademark quattro all-wheel drive system.
Completing the range of “cooking” models, the sole 2.0 TDI engine has also seen a power upgrade with the addition of five kilowatts to make 135 kW while torque remains unchanged at 380 N.m. Drivetrain layout mirrors that of the 2.0 TFSI.
An entry-level front-wheel drive model, sold under Audi’s efficient Ultra designation in Europe and churning out 110 kW and 340 N.m of torque, is expected to debut next year.
Sitting at the top of the range, the performance RS Q3, set to arrive in August, comes equipped with a new exhaust system featuring a switchable butterfly valve, and revised transmission ratios for the seven-speed box.
Under the bonnet, the 2.5 TFSI five cylinder has also been tweaked with the addition of 22 kilowatts and 30 N.m of torque for a total of 250 kW and 450 N.m. Top speed is a claimed 250 km/h with the 0-100 km/h sprint taking 4.8 sec.
A five year / 100 000 km Freeway Plan is standard on all models.
2015 AUDI Q3 PRICING
|1.4 TFSI||110 kW / 250 N.m||R402 500|
|1.4 TFSI S tronic||110 kW / 250 N.m||R419 500|
|2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic||132 kW / 320 N.m||R499 000|
|2.0 TDI quattro S tronic||135 kW / 380 N.m||R515 000|
|RS Q3 2.5 TFSI quattro S tronic||250 kW / 450 N.m||R769 500|
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