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Audi Starts Making The Q3 In Spain

2012 Audi Q3

Earlier this week, Audi has begun making the Q3 compact sport utility vehicle at SEAT’s plant located in Martorell, Spain. The Volkswagen Group, through Audi and Seat, has invested about $330 million for upgrading the facility in order to prepare it for the production of the Q3.

Audi has high hopes of its Q3 model as they anticipate selling 100,000 units per year. With this Volkswagen Tiguan-based SUV, the German automaker hopes to grab the title of the best selling premium SUV in Europe, taking the crown from the BMW X1.

The Audi Q3 officially goes on sale this month in Germany and at first it will be available with a choice of three engines. The first one is a gasoline 2.0 TFSI unit that produces 168 hp (170 PS / 125 kW) or 208 hp (211 PS / 155 kW). If you prefer diesels, you can opt for the 2.0 TDI unit that generates 174 hp (177 PS / 130 kW). Later on, Audi will offer a less powerful 2.0 TDI engine with 138 hp (140 PS / 103 kW).

The starting price for the Audi Q3 in Germany is 29,900 Euros.

Source: Audi via WCF

Entry-Level Audi Q3 Costs 24,560 Pounds In UK

2011 Audi Q3

UK citizens will be able to order the new Audi Q3 starting with this June at a base price of 24,560 pounds. For this money, you’ll get the 2.0-liter TDI engine that produces 138 hp, mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox and front-wheel drive. You can choose a more powerful diesel engine, rated at 175 hp or if you prefer gasoline engines, Audi offers a 168 hp and a 208 hp power plant – all of them being offered with the all-wheel drive system. These more powerful engines are mated to a 7-speed S-tronic automatic twin-clutch gearbox.

The SE trim level offers dual-zone climate control, Bluetooth, Ipod connectivity, lots of airbags, ESP, remote central locking, rear parking sensors, automatic wipers and headlights, voice control, cloth upholstery and 17-inch alloy rims.

If you opt for the S line variant, prepare to pay another 2,750 pounds. You’ll get xenon headlights (with LED running lights), part-leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels and a 20 mm lower sports suspension. In addition, the exterior will feature some chrome finishing while inside the cabin you’ll find brushed aluminum details.

Most of the variants will be available starting with this November, except for the FWD diesel model that will be out a month later.

Source: Audi via WhatCar.com

Seat’s SUV Will Be Based On The Audi Q3

Seat IBX

Along with the new Audi Q3 that will be produced at VW Group’s Martorell factory in Spain, there is another car that will be built there: Seat’s new compact SUV, which will be based on the Q3. According to the British car magazine What Car, the production version of the Seat IBX crossover study will be introduced sometime next year and it will share the same platform as the Audi Q3.

Seat IBX

The first SUV concept developed by Seat was the Tribu, which was shown in 2007 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. That one was supposed to spawn into a production model but because of the difficult financial times, it was axed.

Seat IBX

This time, there are bigger chances that Seat will launch an SUV, despite the fact that the production model will look a lot different from the 3-door IBX concept. Most likely, the production version will feature a 5-door configuration and it will sport conventional combustion power units, as opposed to the full-electric setup of the IBX, which uses an electric motor for powering the front wheels and sports a battery package that allows the car to be driven for up to 28 miles (45 km).

Seat IBX

The model which should be out in 2012 will most likely be offered with a wide range of TSI and TDI engines, in both FWD and AWD variants.

Seat IBX

Source: What Car via Carscoop

2012 Audi Q3 Unwrapped

2012 Audi Q3

We were all waiting for the new Audi Q3 to make its official debut at the upcoming Shanghai Auto Show. The German automaker decided to surprise us and they’ve unveiled their crossover this week. It features a coupe-like design, along with a sloping roofline and a wraparound tailgate that remind us of the bigger Q5 and Q7 models. Size-wise, the car measures 14.4 ft (4.39 meters) long, 6 ft (1.83 meters) wide, and 5.25 ft (1.6 meters) tall.

Preview – 2012 Audi Q3

Possible 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.

Seat Tribu won’t enter production until company is confident it will sell

We haven’t really heard a lot from Spanish Volkswagen Group member Seat for quite some time, except the occasional motorsport domination celebrations, but it seems that things are still quite busy. One of its oft-rumored upcoming models, the Tribu compact crossover is now, according to a source, under constant re-evaluation, due to the harsh economic climate where such a model might not be viable, at least for a few more years.

“We haven’t decided on the future of the Tribu yet,” revealed the Seat source. “The project is on ice at the moment and we’ve got to wait and see what happens with the economic situation and whether we can make a business case for it.”

For those of you who forgot, the Tribu was unveiled at the 2007 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show and was the first design penned by former Lamborghini artist Luc Donckerwolke. While it was presented as a three-door crossover, it is likely that it will be produced as a five-door model.

But one thing which might tip the balance in favor of the Tribu is that Seat’s Martorell plant will commence building the new Audi Q3 in 2011, and as the Tribu shares the same platfom, we might see a couple of essential components swapped between them, and Seat would produce the Tribu without spending a lot of money.

Would you like to see the Tribu be produced as soon as possible? Leave a comment with your view.