2015 Audi Q3 at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show

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Competes with: BMW X1, Buick Encore, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class
Looks like: A baby Q5
Drivetrain: 200-hp 2.0-liter engine and a six-speed automatic transmission
Hits dealerships: Fall 2014

Audi's been promising its tiny crossover will be available in the U.S. for more than a year, but the Q3 has yet to make an appearance. Today, the automaker finally announced details of the 2015 Q3's arrival, including some specs and photos.

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Exterior

The Q3 looks a lot like the versions teased at previous auto shows, including the Q3 Vail concept that debuted at the 2012 Detroit auto show. The cute-ute will slot below the Q5 in Audi's lineup and wears styling cues similar to the compact crossover and its larger sibling, the Q7.

The hood and tailgate are made of aluminum, and it's got a low roofline with a sweeping, coupelike rear end and wraparound tailgate. Audi's signature LED daytime running lights and taillights are standard. Also standard are 18-inch wheels; 19s are optional.

Interior

Audi didn't release interior photos, but said the cabin is "spacious and comfortable" with "an elegant, ergonomic design" and "superior build quality." We'll be able to take a look inside the Q3 next week at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but until then, here's what's confirmed about the interior: 

Audi says the cargo area has a storage capacity of 16.2 cubic feet with the rear seats up; folding the split rear seats increases the cargo space to 48.2 cubic feet. With their seats folded, both the BMW X1 (56.0 cubic feet) and the Buick Encore (48.4) offer a bit more room; Mercedes-Benz hasn’t yet released GLA-Class cargo specs.

Leather seats and surfaces are standard, and LED interior lights illuminate the doors, footwells, vanity mirrors, storage compartments and cupholders. Other standards include a panoramic sunroof and heated 12-way power front seats.

A power tailgate is optional, as is a 14-speaker Bose surround sound system and Audi's MMI navigation plus system with a 7-inch color screen and Google Earth maps for an aerial view of a route. The available Prestige Package adds the Audi connect system, which provides real-time localized weather, news and live fuel prices as well as in-vehicle Wi-Fi connectivity for up to eight wireless devices.

Under the Hood

Power comes from a 200-horsepower 2.0-liter engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard; Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system is optional. Also optional is the Audi Drive Select system, which allows the driver to adjust handling and response at the touch of a button using three modes: Comfort, Dynamic and Auto.

Safety

The Q3 comes standard with two front airbags, thorax-pelvis side airbags in the backs of the front seats and side curtain airbags. Rear side-impact airbags are optional as are several active safety features including the Audi Side Assist system that uses radar to monitor blind spots when changing lanes and a park assist system with a backup camera.

Audi said it will announce pricing closer to the vehicle's on-sale date in the fall. Check out more photos below.

2015 Audi Q3

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Comments 

John

Looks decent, but way too much like a Q5. Audi's designs are getting staid because they all look so similar.

responder

John,
Well said. With the same drivetrain as the base Q5, why does anyone need this?
I hope it's a lot less portly than the two ton Q5, maybe that would make it worth it. It will be interesting to see the fuel economy, weight and price numbers of Q3, which looks very nicely put together.

Compact SUV please

I like the way the q5 looks but it's too big. This size would work much better for me. I'm very excited!

Ben

Only 16 cu ft of cargo space? Wow even my old Jetta had more than that in its trunk.

Infosaur

Trying to find a budget people mover for my wife, I've found that these "cute utes" are have only marginally more interior room than a civic hatch from 20 years ago. (has it been that long? Shhesh)

I thought we were going to try to "save the (whales/polar bears/planet/spotted owl)" with 50+ mpg eco-pods. And yet every year someone rolls out another overweight, lift kitted, econobox masquerading as an off road vehicle that gets probably 30% worse millage than it should for a car (YES CAR!) it's size, and loaded with luxury pretensions that jack it's price into the "lease it now and toss it away in 36 months" crowd.

This isn't Sparta, This is MADNESS!

Give me a nice, rational $26-30k family sedan based wagon, $15k compact pickup, and then with the gas I save I can have the luxury of a V-8 weekend car.

You never see these AWD pretenders out when the roads get really bad anyway.

Wain

Companies offer what consumers are willing to consume, prime example VW. Nicely done products that Americans do not care for, so VW is downgrading their products to fit American taste.

Willow

Finally! This car is going to sell very well in urban markets like Boston, San Francisco and Seattle. Very similar to the Q5 but the rear end is better executed. 200HP is disappointing. I was hoping 220HP. Still, a very nice package for around 35K is a no brainer!

Chain

Another great looking vehicle from Audi. If I hadn't bought the VW CC last year, I would be interested in this beauty. Hey, for all those who can't find something good about this, buy something else.

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