Audi Q3 Considered For U.S.

Audi Q3In Audi’s continuous campaign to expand its model lineup — with vehicles like the A7 and Q5 — the luxury carmaker is taking a stab at a new entry-level crossover, called the Audi Q3. The new model would slot underneath the Q5 — which starts at $35,200 — in terms of size and, probably, price. While there is no definitive confirmation of a U.S. launch, Audi says it’s studying whether the Q3 would work in the U.S. market, according to Audi spokesman Brad Stertz.

If the Q3 comes here, it would join an emerging category of subcompact crossovers; the Mini Cooper Countryman, Mitsubishi Outlander Sport and Nissan Juke currently occupy the space. The BMW X1 is also coming to the category, and that’s probably a strong factor for Audi since BMW is a close competitor. In terms of size, the Q3 slots between the larger X1 and the smaller Countryman.

The vehicle offers up to 48.2 cubic feet of cargo space with the second row down or 16.24 cubic feet with all seats up; that’s competitive with the class.

The Audi Q3 comes with three global engines. If the car comes to the U.S., our likely candidates would be the 211-horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder gas engine and or the 177-hp diesel powertrain. The crossover comes in front- and permanent all-wheel drive and is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The exterior features include 16- to 19-inch wheels and LED taillamps. Luxury amenities include a 14-speaker Bose surround-sound system, a self-parking feature, panoramic sunroof and adaptive headlamps with LED daytime running lights.

If you’re someone who would be interested in such a vehicle from Audi, make your voice heard in our poll below. Also, check out more photos below:

Audi Q3

Audi Q3

Audi Q3

Audi Q3

Audi Q3

By Colin Bird | April 13, 2011 | Comments (6)

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Mark of Excellence

Looking at this piece of junk makes me appreciate the Rav4, CRV and Equinox that much more. There is no purpose for a Q3, other than to find a way to offer less vehicle than the Q5 for $35 to $40K, while moving the Q5 up in price to the next bracket. People were talking about the BMW 1 Series selling for a bargain price before it came out, but all they did was slap a 3 series price on it and move the 3 series up a notch in price. I think we'll see the same strategy here.

Anonymous

Is this a 4-seater or 5-seater, why the price is so high. Bring it with a lesser price. Small crossovers are the rage now.

FlanKitty

I like the idea but audi needs to do more to make their products stand out in a sea of ho hum (in my never humble opinion) cars from europe.

(in the sense of perceived value partly from the cost of "federalizing" a vehicle and from lack of ability to customize cars outside option packages unlike in the EU/UK)

Forest

Bring this in the AWD diesel config, and I'd be all over it.

Ralph

I want it now! Why always the best European models don't make it across the Atlantic?

ABD

Where can I buy one now?

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