2012 Audi Q3 first spy shots

Audi has been sneaky with its new baby off-roader plans, but our spy photographer has just caught one of the first test mules out during a winter road test. Although there is plenty of camouflaging, the images show what sort of proportions the new car will offer.
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The car is based on the Volkswagen Tiguan but like most Audi/Volkswagen combinations, the new Q3 will feature its own distinct details including a large Audi front grille and fascia, new exterior lights as well as some body panels and a more upmarket 'Audi' interior.

Reports say the Audi Q3 will be available with a range of small turbocharged petrol and diesel engine options similar, and in some cases exactly the same as, those offered in the Tiguan. The Audi will be more luxurious than the Tiguan, offering more interior comforts as standard.

Contrary to initial thoughts, the Audi Q3 may seem the smallest SUV under the Q5, but apparently Audi is working on an even smaller Audi Q1 to slot in as the smallest off-road vehicle the company offers.

The 2012 Audi Q3 is expected to go on sale some time in late 2011. We'll be sure to bring more details of the Audi Q3, and the Q1, as soon as more details become available.