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2015 Audi Q3 previewed for U.S. in Detroit

By Bob Nagy on January 9, 2014 3:05 PM
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Already well established in the automaker's global SUV lineup, the compact Audi Q3 SUV is set to arrive in U.S. showrooms this fall. The automaker is using the Detroit Auto Show to provide an early look at its smallest crossover-style offering, which it believes also will find favor with plenty of buyers here. In presenting the 2015 Audi Q3, Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America noted: "Our growing SUV family will now offer three distinct products in the premium SUV category; and like the successful Q5 and Q7, the Q3 will continue with the established standards they started with regards to utility, technology, craftsmanship and performance."

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Sharing much of its basic design DNA with its larger siblings, the new Q3 offers room for five in a stylish, well-appointed package that includes a number of standards that are optional in other markets. In addition to sleek bodywork with a low, flowing roofline bookended by a lightweight aluminum hood and tailgate, the Q3's exterior is highlighted by Audi's signature monoform grille flanked by slim-line xenon plus headlights combined with LED daytime running lights up front and full LED taillights. The U.S. Q3 will ride on standard 18-inch alloy wheels but offer an optional 19-inch upgrade.

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The 2015 Audi Q3 will be available in front-drive or Quattro all-wheel drive, all fitted with the same 200-horsepower/2.0-liter TFSI turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 207 lb-ft of torque. A 6-speed Tiptronic automatic will be standard and versions will feature electromechanical power steering and a stability system with an off-road mode and hill descent control. Like the Q5 and Q7, the Q3 also can be fitted with the Audi drive select system, an option that brings adjustable shocks and permits a driver to choose one of three modes (Comfort/Sport/Auto) that remap the steering, damping and throttle responses.  

The Q3's nicely turned out cabin features leather seating surfaces with heated 12-way power front buckets, a panoramic sunroof with retractable shade and LED ambient lighting as well as the ultra-convenient Audi advanced key and a 60/40 folding rear seat that can expand cargo space from a standard 16.2 cu ft to 48.2 cu ft. The top-line Prestige trim level also includes the Audi connect infotainment system that brings Audi's sophisticated MMI navigation, a factory-fitted Wi-Fi hotspot that can handle up to eight devices, real-time news/weather/traffic, myAudi Destination, Google Voice Local Search  and more. 

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Enhancing its personalization potential, the new Audi Q3 also will offer an impressive selection of optional equipment. Highlighting that roster is a 14-speaker/465-watt Bose premium audio system, the MMI navigation system with a 7-inch color screen, a programmable power tailgate, a Sport Package with upgraded front seats and a Driver Assistance Package that brings Audi side assist plus the Audi parking system with rearview camera.  Pricing for the 2015 Audi Q3 will be announced closer to its on-sale date. 

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