2011 Shanghai Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- Audi for now is keeping mum on U.S. plans for its new compact crossover.
- The Q3 will be built in Spain and goes on sale in Europe in June, priced from around $43,000.
- A choice of turbocharged direct-injection 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas and diesel engines will be offered.
INGOLSTADT, Germany — Audi has released the first official photos of its new Q3 compact crossover ahead of the vehicle's formal unveiling at next week's Shanghai show. The Q3 will be built in Spain and goes on sale in Europe in June, with a starting price of $43,000 pitting it squarely against the BMW X1 and Range Rover Evoque.
So far, Audi of America has been closed-lipped on a U.S. launch timetable, an Audi spokesman telling Edmunds.com on Wednesday that "we haven't announced plans as of yet."
The five-passenger Q3 shares its basic architecture with the Volkswagen Tiguan. It will be offered in Europe with a choice of four 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas and diesel engines, all of them equipped with turbocharging, direct injection, stop-start and energy-recovery systems. Output ranges from 138-208 horsepower, and transmission choices include a six-speed manual and a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic.
The most frugal 2.0 TDI engine with front-wheel drive and six-speed will average 45 mpg, Audi said, while the most potent 208-hp 2.0 TFSI with all-wheel drive, seven-speed S tronic and optional shift paddles will sprint from zero to 60 in less than 6.9 seconds, with a top speed of 143 mph.
Measuring 172.8 inches long overall, the Q3 is nearly 10 inches shorter than the Q5. Features include a four-link rear suspension, electro-mechanical power steering and standard 16-inch wheels and tires. Among the options are adaptive headlamps, adaptive shocks, Bose surround-sound audio system, hard-drive navigation, larger wheels and tires and a wide variety of electronic safety systems, including park assist, side assist, active lane assist and camera-based speed-limit display.
Edmunds.com says: Audi is said to be considering a 2012 launch of the Q3 in the U.S. Rising fuel prices could hasten that introduction. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent