Preview – 2012 Audi Q3
The Q-Series family from Audi will soon receive another member as the long-anticipated Q3 will be released in the following period. This isn’t really big news as the crossover has been in the works for quite a while. Up until recently we didn’t had any spy photos of the car but the one above looks like the Audi Q3. The German automaker announced recently that the Q3 will go into production this year at the company’s factory located in Martorell, Spain. Also, by 2013 Audi will decide on various A3 derivates, including a sedan.
Most likely, the new Q3 will borrow many design ideas from the Cross Coupe concept which is a car that isn’t all that longer than the A3 compact hatch. The Cross Coupe measures only 172.4 inches, making it only one inch longer than the A3. The Q3 will most likely be a uniquely small-ish crossover. Other probable details that will be most likely borrowed include the larger than traditional Audi-style grille, a more aggressive exterior look, big rims, roof rails and LED daytime running lights.
According to some sources, the Audi Q3 will share the same platform as the VW Tiguan and most likely it will be available with a turbocharged 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that will output about 200 hp. In the works there is probably a diesel version. If there will be a TDI engine, the Q3 will most likely get the 3.0-liter V6 engine that churns 282 hp.
Once it will be officially launched, it will have to face up some great competitors in this segment: the Land Rover LRX, the Mercedes BLK Class and most important, the very popular BMW X1.
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