All-new crossover gets bigger and far more advanced.
The new-generation Audi Q3 has been revealed with official details, shortly after leaked images of the all-new SUV surfaced online this morning.
UPDATE, 25/7/18: Audi Australia has indicated that it's expecting the new Q3 to arrive Down Under mid-2019. See bottom of article for more.
Measuring 4485mm long, 1856mm wide and 1585mm tall, the new Q3 is 97mm longer, 25mm wider, yet 5mm flatter than the model it replaces. The 2680mm wheelbase, meanwhile, is a 77mm increase compared to its predecessor.
Audi claims gains have been made in knee room, head room and elbow room, and with a huge increase has been made in the luggage compartment – at 530-675L (depending on rear seat configuration), the new Q3 has 70L more boot space than its predecessor at its smallest capacity.
Folding the second-row backrests down increases that figure to 1525L, while the loading floor itself can be adjusted in three different levels.
The Q3 has made a big step in terms of its looks, debuting a new LED daytime-running light signature that also matches the graphics in the tail-lights. Speaking of the headlights, LED internals are standard, with three different versions available.
For the first time the Audi Q3 offers LED matrix technology, with intelligent adaptive high-beams. The headlights and tail-lights are also connected by a prominent shoulder line that adds a muscular appearance around the wheel arches.
Up front is a gaping grille styled in line with Audi's newest models, namely the larger Q8 SUV, which features an octagonal design and eight vertical slats for an aggressive look.
Audi is touting the newfound sporting character of the new Q3, and we reckon the wider body, more angular lines and muscular proportions make it a far more aggressive looker than the model before it.
There will also be an array of personalisation options available to customers – much like the new A1 and smaller Q2 – including contrasting paint finish for lower body sections, the S line exterior package, eleven exterior paint colours, and various alloy wheel designs ranging from 17 to 20 inches in diameter.
Inside, the sporty theme continues with the Q3's new driver-oriented cabin design, headlined by the latest iterations of Audi's driver and infotainment displays, three-dimensional styling elements, and increased trim and colour options.
As standard, the Q3 is equipped with a 10.25-inch Virtual Cockpit digital driver's display, which can be swapped out for a larger 12.3-inch unit with increased functions as an option.
There's a handful of MMI infotainment variants too, ranging from 8.8 to 10.1 inches in size (diagonal). Depending on specification, the MMI system incorporates Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice control, online services, and in-built navigation with real-time traffic updates.
Buyers can option units with LTE connectivity, Google Earth navigation mapping, WiFi hotspot, and compatibility with the myAudi smartphone app – the latter can also be used for remote functions like auxiliary heating, locking/unlocking, vehicle status, and more.
Three different interior colour concepts can be chosen – basic, Audi design selection and S line. Depending on the specification chosen, buyers can have sports seats, along with various leather and Alcantara trimmings.
Opting for the Audi design selection package also incorporates the ambient lighting package, which can be configured in 30 different colours, and extends to the illumination of the glovebox and badging on the instrument panel.
Another key area of improvement for the Q3 is the area of driver assistance and active safety technologies. Autonomous emergency braking (dubbed pre sense in Audi speak) is included as standard, additionally featuring pedestrian and cyclist detection.
Lane-keep assist is fitted as standard, too, working at speeds of 60km/h and above.
Available features include adaptive cruise control, traffic jam assist, active lane assist, and a 360-degree surround camera system.
Power comes from a range of four-cylinder turbocharged engines, three petrol and one diesel, at launch. Power outputs range from 110kW to 169kW, with front- and all-wheel drive available depending on variant.
In Europe a six-speed manual will be fitted as standard on certain models, with a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic available as an option.
There's also an adaptive damper system available with six different profiles, with S line sports suspension available as an option (included as part of the S line exterior package) in conjunction with progressive steering.
Under the skin, the Q3 features a MacPherson front suspension setup, complemented by a four-link rear design.
The all-new Audi Q3 will hit European showrooms in the northern hemisphere's fall (starting September).
Audi's local division has confirmed the new Q3 is "expected" to land Down Under mid-2019, with "further details including the model line-up, pricing and specification" to be announced closer to launch.
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