The 2012 Audi Q3 should look a lot like the Cross Coupe Quattro concept unveiled at the 2007 Shanghai auto show, but with many of the details toned down for production. 2012 Audi Q3 is almost identical in size to the A3, but will be far taller. Audi says the 2012 Audi Q3 also will have a “coupe-like appearance,” but we’re not convinced.
In our opinion, the 2012 Audi Q3 concept appears less coupe-like than the BMW X6 or the Acura ZDX, with a more upright rear window than those bigger entries. Figure at least $30,000 for the 2012 Audi Q3 price, with primary competition coming from BMW’s upcoming X1 crossover.
The 2012 Audi Q3 will join Audi’s portfolio of crossover SUVs, which includes the new Audi Q 5 2012 and the updated-for-2010 Q7. But while the Audi Q 5 2012 and the Q7 both have longitudinal engines, the 2012 Audi Q3 is based on a layout with a transverse mounted power plant.
In fact, the 2012 Audi Q3 platform is shared with a number of VW models, as well as the Audi A3. While the Audi Q 5 2012 shares its architecture with the A4 (and the A6), think of the 2012 Audi Q3 as the sister model of the VW Tiguan. But unlike the Tiguan, off-road capability was not on the list of Audi’s engineering targets for the 2012 Audi Q3.
Sportiness was, though, making the company’s move to offer Quattro all-wheel-drive as standard a sound decision. Inside the 2012 Audi Q3, passenger room for four adults is impressive; try five folks, though, and you’ll be wishing you’d grabbed a Audi Q 5 2012 or Volkswagen Tiguan. 2012 Audi Q3 cargo room is okay, though not enthralling, at 16.3 cubic feet seats up, increasing to 48.2 cu. ft. with the rear seats down.
The 2012 Audi Q3 is on sale in Germany later year with three different 4-cylinder engines including one TDI diesel and two TFSI gasoline units. All three 2012 Audi Q3 engines using direct-injection with turbocharging along with an energy recovery system and a start-stop system.
Output for the 2012 Audi Q3 engines range from 140-hp from the 2012 Q3 TDI 2.0 to 211-hp for the top-of-the-line Audi Q 3 2.0 TFSI. While the diesel will come coupled with a front-wheel-drive system and a 6-speed manual, the two 2012 Audi Q3 TFSI variants will get quattro all-wheel-drive and a 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission.
Competitors 2012 Audi Q3
The idea of a small premium crossover like the new 2012 Audi Q3, while certainly not lost on North Americans, does seem to face both corporate and public resistance Stateside. The frequent customer logic goes something like, “It’s small and expensive, so why wouldn’t I just buy the bigger Audi Q 5 2012 or maybe the new 2012 Audi A4?”
Hence most of the reason why Audi North America hesitates on bringing the 2012 Audi Q3 over to us, this sporty, tall sort-of-2012 Audi Q3 is considered an “A-SUV” in Europe, belonging to the smallest A-segment of the market there. Built at the underutilized yet state-of-the-art Seat factory in Martorell, Spain, on a spanking new production line, Audi projects annual sales of the 2012 Audi Q3 in a full year of 100,000 units.
Audi will make a six-speed manual transmission available in Europe, but a six-speed dual-clutch automated manual (S tronic) or conventional automatic likely will be the sole gearbox offered in the 2012 Audi Q3 USA version. Meanwhile, competitors for the 2012 Audi Q3 includes the BMW X1, Land Rover Evoque and the forthcoming Mercedes-Benz BLK currently in prototype testing.
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