2013 Audi Q3 | Review, Prices, Specs, Release Date. – Now, The 2013 Audi Q3 shares its wheelbase and suspension architecture with the Volkswagen Tiguan, yet Audi executives think it may not be prime time enough for North America. The compact crossover is, for the moment, deemed too small for American buyers or so goes the current party line. This might be calculated bluffing, since American buyers already have embraced the Tiguan, and BMW’s forthcoming X1 shows that the suits in Munich think we’re willing to pay for small, fuel efficient crossovers bearing premium badges.
The 2013 Audi Q3 offers a quartet of four cylinder engines in Europe. A turbocharged, direct injected 2.0 liter comes in either 168 horsepower or 200 hp versions, while 2.0 liter turbodiesels generate 138 hp and 175 hp, respectively. The base gasoline and diesel engines get a six speed manual, while the top level power plants are joined to a seven speed automated dual clutch transmission. All wheel drive is standard for all but the base diesel. Audi says the most frugal 2.0 diesel with front-wheel drive will average 45 mpg, while the top gasoline engine can sprint from zero to 60 in less than 6.9 seconds.
Audi has lifted the veil on the updated Q3, revealing the compact SUV in all its production glory for the first time ahead of a planned public premiere at next week’s Shanghai motor show. Set to go on sale in June in Europe, the Q3 is Audi’s third dedicated SUV model, following the Q5 and the Q7. Ingolstadt officials are remaining tight lipped on plans to put the five seater on sale in North America, although it might hit local showrooms late next year as a 2013 model. The Q3 is based on the same platform structure as the recently facelifted Volkswagen Tiguan, with which it also shares transversely mounted engines and gearbox combinations.
Consumers are mad for crossover SUVs, especially compacts, so it’s no surprise that automakers are madly spinning out more variations in hopes of snaring extra sales, preferably at the competition’s expense. Germany’s “Premium Three,” for example, have gone gaga for coupe styled SUVs. BMW started the trend with its sloped roof premium midsize X6, and is eyeing a smaller X4 companion for around mid decade. Mercedes-Benz reportedly plans to answer the X6, also around mid decade, with a slinkier version of its premium midsize M-Class. Tipped for the MLC badge, it will be built alongside the M-Class at Mercedes’ Alabama plant. In addition, the tristar folks are said to be working on a sporty compact SUV, based on their C-Class premium compact car platform, as a running mate to the GLK-Class.
Quick, what’s Vail known for?… Nope. Not brides. That’d be “veil.” Not delicious baby cows either, doofus. That’d be “veal.” Spelled Vail, it’s a winter sports haven deep in the Rocky Mountains, accessible only by snowcat and Quattro Audi and other cars and trucks. But few vehicles are so capable of coddling occupants in a wintry climate as the Q3 Vail concept that Audi introduced at the 2012 Detroit auto show. Mechanically, it’s a Q3 with a 314 hp turbocharged five cylinder, a seven speed automatic, and Quattro all wheel drive. The fenders are flared and the track widened by 1.6 inches front and rear, and it sits 1.2 inches higher. Nothing all that special there.
Audi plans to show off a new concept version of the Q3 at the Worthersee Tour in Austria next week. The Q3 Red Track boasts the same 2.5 liter five cylinder engine found under the hood of the Audi TT RS, and thus, there’s a galloping 340 horsepower and 331 pound feet of torque on hand. A seven speed S Tronic gearbox handles shifting duties and drops the available grunt to all four tires via the company’s Quattro all wheel drive system. In addition to the extra power, the Red Track wears unique Energy Red paint flecked with gold, while accents like the fender flares and lower fascia are coated in matte gray.
2013 Audi Q3 Price :
We drove an Audi Q3 in Europe and found it unnecessarily firm in anything but Comfort mode. While the Q3 offers plenty of grip and suppresses body roll quite well, its speed sensitive steering doesn’t allow much road feel to come through. A more rugged A3 it is not. On sale in Europe for about $43,000, the price of the Audi Q3 also remains at a distance for American buyers. The success or failure of the BMW X1 and Range Rover Evoque will likely play the key role in Audi’s decision on whether to bring the Q3 to the United States. Check back for the latest developments as we learn them.
2013 Audi Q3 Interior :
In the interior of the Audi Q3 red track, three colors offer an ambience of sophistication and sporty elegance black, gray and red. The headlining is made from titanium gray Alcantara, large parts of the interior, including the carpet, are black. The black, ribbed floor mats are edged with narrow strips of red Velvet leather.
An innovative leather/fabric material is used for the upholstery thin strips of leather just a few tenths of a millimeter wide are interwoven with yarn. The upholstery features piping with double seams; like the contrasting stitching, the piping is red. Small sections of the upholstery are made from red Velvet leather a hardwearing material that looks similar to nubuck leather at first glance, but in fact has a finer structure. The segments integrated in the door trims are also in red Velvet leather, trimmed in steel gray Fine Nappa leather.
The interior of the Audi Q3 red track includes two practical devices for winter sports fans. The side wall of the luggage compartment houses a charging station. It can be used for storing flashlights and charging them inductively at the same time. The same technology is used for the Thermos canister. It is located in the cup holder between the front seats and is able to chill or warm drinks. Both devices have LEDs that show the current charge level. One attractive extra is that, in addition to LED lighting, the flashlights incorporate an infra red heating element that can be used for warming your hands or a pair of ski boots.
The Q3 attempts to trump its compact-SUV rivals with a typically high-quality interior. The dashboard flaunts a design common throughout the Audi lineup, as do the instruments, switchgear and trims. Accommodation is claimed to be on par with the Tiguan, with seating for up to five adults.
As we’ve come to expect from Audi, there is a long list of options. Included are high end items such as a Bose surround sound system with 14 individual speakers, a hard drive based navigation system that operates in combination with a seven-inch color screen, onboard Internet and a parallel parking assistant that uses 12 ultrasonic sensors to steer the car into tight parking spaces.
2013 Audi Q3 Exterior :
In the headlights, the zones in the lower area of the light guide elements, which generate the daytime running lights, are painted in the body color. Eyecatching features on the sides of the Q3 red track are the flared wheel arches and the running boards, which Audi is to incorporate into the extensive range of Q3 accessories. The newly styled aluminum roof rails are specially designed for transporting skis made of carbon. The front roof rail support integrates compact, energy efficient, wide angled LED lights that illuminate the area around the Audi Q3 red track. They are controlled via buttons in the roof module.
The Audi Q3 red track features five arm wheels in 8.5 J x 20 format. Mirroring the single frame grille, their visible edges have a light colored, high gloss finish, while the inside areas feature the same matt quartz based paint. The off road tires are size 255/45. Track width has increased by 40 millimeters (1.57 inches) at the front and rear compared to series built models, and the body is 30 millimeters (1.18 inches) higher. The themed vehicle also features unique solutions at the back the two tailpipes of the dual branch exhaust system are integrated in the diffuser and underbody guard area.
Previewed as a sportier three door concept at the Shanghai motor show in 2009, the five-door Q3 continues the current Audi design lineage with a clean and unadorned exterior with a clear upmarket appeal. Traditional features such as the single-frame grille, trapezoidal headlamps, prominent shoulder line and wraparound tailgate combine to give it unmistakable Ingsolstadt connections.
At 172.8 inches in length, 72.0 inches in width and 63.0 inches in height (roof rail included), the Q3 is 9.5 inches shorter, 2.0 inches narrower and 2.2 inches lower than the Q5. Audi claims a 3,307 pound weight for the base front wheel drive model, it’s 463 pounds lighter than the entry level version of the Q5.
2013 Audi Q3 Engine :
The Audi Q3 red track features a 2.5 liter five cylinder TFSI engine with direct injection and turbocharging that generates an output of 250 kW (340 hp) and 450 Nm (331.90 lb-ft) of torque from a displacement of 2,480 cc. The engine’s five cylinders are consecutively numbered; red wrinkled finish paint has been applied to the cylinder head cover. A panel made from carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) partially covers the engine, and the air filter is also protected against dirt. There is a decorative trim made from plastic around the engine compartment.
The power of the turbocharged five cylinder unit is transferred to the quattro permanent all wheel drive system via a seven speed S tronic transmission. The Audi Q3 red track accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 5.4 seconds and continues to a top speed of 263 km/h (163.42 mph). Better yet, the production car, like the concept, will pack Audi’s 2.5 liter five-cylinder. You may recognize this engine from production vehicles like the TT RS, where it makes 340 hp, and concepts such as the Quattro, where it made 408. In the Q3, it’ll be detuned to somewhere closer to the Vail concept’s 314 horses and 295 lb-ft. Even more than snowboards and a bun warming cargo mat, that has us looking forward to the Q3.
Source: neocarsuv.com, neocarblog.com.