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A successful car is now even better –
the new Audi Q3

-Up to 17 percent lower fuel consumption and up to 10 hp more power
-The five-cylinder engine in the new RS Q3 delivers 340 hp – 30 hp more

Since its market launch in fall 2011, the Q3 model series has been a successful model for the Audi brand. But Audi is also constantly improving good and successful models. The new Audi Q3* and RS Q3* models not only feature a refreshed design, they also boast a number of technical innovations.

Engine

The three TFSI and three TDI clean diesel four-cylinder engines boast higher output combined with reduced fuel consumption. CO2 emissions have been reduced by as much as 17 percent. They displace 1.4 or 2.0 liters and produce between 88 kW (120 hp) and 162 kW (220 hp). All are turbocharged, direct-injection units and comply with the limits of the Euro 6 emission standard. These consumption and CO2 reductions are made possible in part by the Audi cylinder on demand technology. Thanks to their efficiency, the 1.4 TFSI COD and the 2.0 TDI bear the “Audi ultra” badge.

Chassis

The chassis of the redesigned Audi Q3 combines agile handling with supreme safety, and comprehensive fine-tuning has enhanced comfort even further. Audi drive select enables the driver to adjust key technology modules, including the optional active dampers, to suit his or her personal preferences. Wheels range in size from 16 to 20 inches in diameter, and the suspension has been tuned for high rolling comfort. Hill?descent assist is available as an option.

Design

The premium character of the redesigned Audi Q3 is apparent at first glance. The Audi designers have honed the details of the coupe?like lines with the characteristic wrap-around tailgate. Dominating horizontal lines up front and in the rear underscore the width and give the Q3 an expressive design.

The sculpted Singleframe grille is the defining element at the front of the car. At the top of the two new Q3 trim lines design and sport are the S line sport package, the S line exterior package, the Audi exclusive design package and the Audi exclusive exterior design package.

The redesigned headlights come standard with xenon plus technology and LED daytime running lights. The optional LED headlights are particularly bright and energy-efficient. Audi offers them in combination with the dynamic turn signals integrated into the likewise redesigned LED taillights. These intuitive turn signals illuminate sequentially within two-tenths of a second from the inside out in the direction the driver intends to turn.

The base model of the new Audi Q3 has a curb weight (without driver) of 1,385 kilograms (3,053.4 lb). The dimensions of the compact SUV are virtually unchanged. It measures 4.39 meters (14.4 ft) long, 1.83 meters (6.0 ft) wide and 1.59 meters (5.2 ft) high. The wheelbase is unchanged at 2.60 meters (8.5 ft).

Versatile

The Audi Q3 offers plenty of space at all five seating positions. Its clear ergonomics and the superior workmanship underscore the premium claim. In its base configuration, the cargo compartment of the Audi Q3 has a capacity of 460 liters (16.2 cu ft); by folding down the split rear seatbacks, this can be increased to 1,365 liters (48.2 cu ft). Many clever options make the SUV even more versatile and easier to use. These include the luggage compartment package, a pass-through and the power tailgate. Roof rails and a new, extensible luggage compartment cover are standard.

Equipment and trim

The new Audi Q3 features a generous list of standard equipment. This can be supplemented with features taken directly from the luxury class, such as the LED interior lighting package and the power-adjustable front seats. With respect to driver assistance systems, the secondary collision brake assist is standard.

Customers can order the assistance systems described below as options. With Audi side assist, a yellow LED indicator illuminates in the housing of the outside mirror if another vehicle is in the blind spot or is approaching rapidly from the rear. Audi active lane assist works with video cameras that detect the lane markings. It gently intervenes in the steering to help the driver return to the lane if he or she comes too close to a line without indicating. The camera-based traffic sign recognition system shows speed limit signs – and now also no passing signs – as graphics in the driver information system display.

MMI navigation plus is the high?end infotainment solution from Audi. The ideal complement to MMI navigation plus is Audi connect including car phone, which connects the Audi Q3 to the Internet. Passengers can use the integrated to WiFi hotspot to surf or e-mail, while the driver can enjoy the tailored services from Audi connect. These include the web radio Audi music stream, online traffic information, and navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View.

Sales of the redesigned Q3, which Audi builds at its Martorell plant outside Barcelona, Spain, will begin in February 2015. Its base price is 29,600 euros.
4.8 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph): the Audi RS Q3

The Audi RS Q3 was updated concurrent with the Q3. The compact performance SUV is now hotter and more dynamic than ever. Its 2.5 liter, five-cylinder engine now produces 250 kW (340 hp) and 450 Nm (331.9 lb-ft) of torque. It also now satisfies the Euro 6 standard. The top model in the series now accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.1 mph) in 4.8 seconds on its way to an electronically governed top speed of 250 km/h (155.3 mph). An RS exhaust system with a switchable flap adds even more volume to the unmistakable sound of the five?cylinder engine.

The seven-speed S tronic, which transfers the power to the quattro drivetrain via a new hydraulic multi?plate clutch (5th generation), has also been refined for even faster gear changes. The lower gears are closely spaced for sporty response while the seventh gear is tall to save fuel.

The chassis of the Audi RS Q3 is also impressive. 19?inch wheels are standard; 20-inch wheels are optionally available. Thanks to the wave design, the large brake discs on the front axle are now one kilogram (2.2 lb) lighter. They are gripped by eight?piston calipers. The standard RS sport suspension is also available with optional adaptive dampers. The steering is tuned for sporty driving, and the Audi drive select dynamic handling system is standard.

Numerous design details illustrate the special status of the dynamic top-of-the-line model. On the exterior, the distinctive bumpers are particularly eye-catching. The color black dominates the interior. The sport seats are optionally available in Fine Nappa leather with diamond quilting; red needles sweep across gray dials in the instrument cluster; and the driver information system offers a special RS menu with lap timer and displays for both oil temperature and boost pressure.

The base price in Germany for the generously appointed new top model is 56,600 euros. LED headlights, among other features, are standard. Deliveries of the RS Q3 will begin in the first quarter of 2015..

*Fuel consumption of the models named above:

Audi Q3 2.0 TDI clean diesel ultra (110 kW):
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 4.4 (53.5 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 114 (183.5 g/mi)**

Audi Q3 2.0 TDI clean diesel (110 kW):
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 4.8 – 4.6 (49.0 – 51.1 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 126 – 119 (202.8 – 191.5 g/mi)**

Audi Q3 2.0 TDI clean diesel quattro (110 kW):
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.4 – 4.9 (43.6 – 48.0 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 140 – 129 (225.3 – 207.6 US mpg)**

Audi Q3 2.0 TDI clean diesel quattro S tronic (110 kW):
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.5 – 5.1 (42.8 – 46.1 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 144 – 132 (231.7 – 212.4 g/mi)**

Audi Q3 2.0 TDI clean diesel quattro (135 kW):
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.7 – 5.2 (41.3 – 45.2 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 148 – 137 (238.2 – 220.5 g/mi)**

Audi Q3 2.0 TDI clean diesel quattro S tronic (135 kW):
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.6 – 5.1 (42.0 – 46.1 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 146 – 134 (235.0 – 215.7 g/mi)**

Audi Q3 1.4 TFSI COD ultra (110 kW):
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 5.8 – 5.5 (40.6 – 42.8 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 134 – 127 (215.7 – 204.4 g/mi)**

Audi Q3 1.4 TFSI COD S tronic (110 kW):
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 6.2 – 5.8 (37.9 – 40.6 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 143 – 134 (230.1 – 215.7 g/mi)**

Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic (132 kW):
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.0 – 6.5 (33.6 – 36.2 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 161 – 149 (259.1 – 239.8 g/mi)**

Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro S tronic (162 kW):
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 7.2 – 6.6 (32.7 – 35.6 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 168 – 152 (270.4 – 244.6 g/mi)**

Audi RS Q3 2.5 TFSI (250 kW):
Combined fuel consumption in l/100 km: 8.6 – 8.4 (27.4 – 28.0 US mpg)**;
Combined CO2 emissions in g/km: 203 – 198 (326.7 – 318.7 g/mi)**

**The fuel consumption and the CO2 emissions of a vehicle vary due to the choice of wheels and tires. They not only depend on the efficient utilization of the fuel by the vehicle, but are also influenced by driving behavior and other non-technical factors.
 

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That is a huge press release so allow me to pull out some of the most important bits for everyone.

Deliveries of the Audi Q3 facelift will kick off in February 2015 at a base price of €29,600.

The 2015 Audi Q3 will be available with three TFSI and three TDI four-cylinder engine, all turbocharged and emitting up to 17 percent less CO2 than before. The engines vary between 1.4 and 2.0 liter displacement and 120 hp to 220 hp.

Cosmetic tweaks include Xenon plus lighting and LED daytime running lights. At an additional cost there are LED headlights and LED taillights both with dynamic turn signals.
 

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That is a huge press release so allow me to pull out some of the most important bits for everyone.

Deliveries of the Audi Q3 facelift will kick off in February 2015 at a base price of €29,600.

The 2015 Audi Q3 will be available with three TFSI and three TDI four-cylinder engine, all turbocharged and emitting up to 17 percent less CO2 than before. The engines vary between 1.4 and 2.0 liter displacement and 120 hp to 220 hp.

Cosmetic tweaks include Xenon plus lighting and LED daytime running lights. At an additional cost there are LED headlights and LED taillights both with dynamic turn signals.
So the Q3 that was purchased on Aug 30th with delivery Dec/Jan is going to be an older model come Feb.

HMMM?? With that said my wife and I are seriously considering cancelling our Q3 and wait until the refresh model is out.

I also have three words for Audi pulling this crap with a new intro model...SOB's
 

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So the Q3 that was purchased on Aug 30th with delivery Dec/Jan is going to be an older model come Feb.

HMMM?? With that said my wife and I are seriously considering cancelling our Q3 and wait until the refresh model is out.

I also have three words for Audi pulling this crap with a new intro model...SOB's
You have to understand, the timing is poor for US consumers because the Q3 was never originally part of Audi of America's plans. Q3 sales in the U.S. were a last minute decision, as Audi realized the growth potential in this segment and decided to import the Q3 as soon as possible. The Q3 has been sold in foreign markets for some time now. Those foreign markets are ready for a facelift, hence the facelift. I expect we in the US will receive the facelift model after foreign demand for the facelift has subsided. So it may be more than a year from now until you see any facelifted Q3s on US roads.
 

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You have to understand, the timing is poor for US consumers because the Q3 was never originally part of Audi of America's plans. Q3 sales in the U.S. were a last minute decision, as Audi realized the growth potential in this segment and decided to import the Q3 as soon as possible. The Q3 has been sold in foreign markets for some time now. Those foreign markets are ready for a facelift, hence the facelift. I expect we in the US will receive the facelift model after foreign demand for the facelift has subsided. So it may be more than a year from now until you see any facelifted Q3s on US roads.
Ok, so that I've calmed down.

The new price is 29,600 euros which equals $37,050 US dollars.

If that's the case, what model for the upgraded Q3 would this be (ie: Quattro, MMI, etc)?

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All the above discussion about equipment and price is based on Euro models NOT those coming to the U.S. As for the timing, I must say I'm a bit surprised, even though my car is right now on a ship headed here. I think we'll see them as a matter of normal course right after production starts - not a year from now, settling into a 2015 and 2015 1/2 versions. I also think Audi will prolly add a premium of price on the later versions, which may include a bit of additional equipment too. You must also realize that Audi, along with BMW and Mercedes keep their NA prices VERY low compared with home or other markets. For example my Q3 which has an MSRP of some $42K here will cost a German more than $52K BEFORE MwSt which adds ANOTHER 19%!!!!

The version shown btw (not the RS) is an S-Line, which already has similar side grills on the front with the reversed sloped outside edge. That version is headed our way anyway as another option package at about the same time. Not sure we'll get the RS or yet, until at least the RS3 hits, which'll have a larger market, and is due about mid-year or so.

I for one am NOT too keen on the grill, that shiny bit extending to the headlights. The shape is fine and flows nicely into the headlights which are also fine, but that shiny bit of metal extending across - looks very Cadilacy or something. And in Black Optik, may look even weirder - oh well. Guess I'll luxuriate in my brand new older Q3 - hah!
 

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I see what you mean about the silver piece of the grille. maybe it would have been better if that part was black instead.
 

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not a bad look at all, i like how it looks, but wish they could have done more to make the difference from this to it's predecessor be significant.
 

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Facelifted Q3 in Canada??

Not until July-August 2015 sayeth the dealer.

And no RS until 2018/19.

Poop.
 

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The Martorell factory is supposed to make the change-over in February '15, meaning that cars delivered 3-6 weeks later should be of the new design. It's hard for me to imagine first why Audi would do this mid-year, and second, how or why they would or even could run two productions side-by-side if anybody thinks that.

I think it's clear now that they are in fact doing the first (even though I myself thought - and still do, this was a nutty thing to do for us in the NAR - class action suit for devalued first-year cars?) - and I still think the second is entirely impractical. Given the demand for the Q3 in the NAR right now, they could produce the current car over the next YEAR and prolly not catch up...
 

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The Martorell factory is supposed to make the change-over in February '15, meaning that cars delivered 3-6 weeks later should be of the new design. It's hard for me to imagine first why Audi would do this mid-year, and second, how or why they would or even could run two productions side-by-side if anybody thinks that.

I think it's clear now that they are in fact doing the first (even though I myself thought - and still do, this was a nutty thing to do for us in the NAR - class action suit for devalued first-year cars?) - and I still think the second is entirely impractical. Given the demand for the Q3 in the NAR right now, they could produce the current car over the next YEAR and prolly not catch up...
I've been saying this from day one.

First, you make me wait 4 months to get my Q3 and then 1-2 months later you come out with a redesign.
 

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I've been saying this from day one.

First, you make me wait 4 months to get my Q3 and then 1-2 months later you come out with a redesign.
From walking into the dealer first time until I drove home in the exact Q3 I wanted took two weeks. So I can understand the frustration of a 4 month wait. But they had to introduce it here sometime and a one year delay would have upset us too.

Success is such a bitch.

But it is not that different a design. Anyone can come up with some vinyl add-ons to give the same headlight blend look!;)
 

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From walking into the dealer first time until I drove home in the exact Q3 I wanted took two weeks. So I can understand the frustration of a 4 month wait. But they had to introduce it here sometime and a one year delay would have upset us too.

Success is such a bitch.

But it is not that different a design. Anyone can come up with some vinyl add-ons to give the same headlight blend look!;)
They should have waited for the 2016 to upgrade or just wait for the 2016 model to introduce it to the USA.

I've been waiting 2 years for the Q3 so another year wouldn't have been a big
deal. You don't screw people who bought the new introduce Q3 to the USA and then say...Opps!!! Mid year redesign.

IMO, Audi royally screwed up on this one and will hear it from me once the redesign comes out for 2015.

Tell me how about the people who bought their Q3 1-2 months ago and have a chance of the old design once delivered after the new design can be ordered.
 

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You do know that it is a 2016 model year, it's not a midyear or a 2015 model in anyway? And while a dealer might have one next July or August it will still be months after that before customer orders can be built.

I think.
 

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Customer orders for the facelift will be available in January, after about a 2-4 week hold around Christmas - Audi has yet to decide whether it will be a 2015 1/2 or 2016. Either way, it'll make the cars out now comparably rare - whether that turns out to be positive or negative is anybody's guess. The new car will likely cost a bit more but has more stuff both standard and available coming with it ...
 

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Customer orders for the facelift will be available in January, after about a 2-4 week hold around Christmas - Audi has yet to decide whether it will be a 2015 1/2 or 2016. Either way, it'll make the cars out now comparably rare - whether that turns out to be positive or negative is anybody's guess. The new car will likely cost a bit more but has more stuff both standard and available coming with it ...
Roger, what is your source? My dealer is the largest in Canada and says July. The press is reviewing it as 2016. Car and Driver http://www.caranddriver.com/audi/q3 calls it a mid-cycle (life cycle of Q3) 2016 and not a 2015 1/2.
Driving.ca at http://driving.ca/audi/q3/reviews/road-test/first-drive-2016-audi-q3 says the same, 2016, and every photo is labelled that way. It was written in Munich, presumably with factory reps available.

Where does Audi say it is not the 2016?
 

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Audi has NOT said its not a 2016 yet - however, they have said that production in Spain will start in February (which I am STILL surprised to hear, from an Audi Ingolstadt not Munich source) - so it would be kinda weird to call cars rolling out for delivery in March as next model year (but it has been done before). I HOPE these comments I've heard from AoA senior folks are in fact wrong and the cars DON'T come until July or later - THAT would be better for me/us as I just picked up my car this past Tuesday.

But while I was rebuking many other early facelift rumors - some even earlier, like December, I was privy to a few comments while at the WEC race at COTA and LMS at Atlanta, that February WAS the plan for the face-lift shift over. Btw, similar "product improvement" order holds are in effect now for the A6 & A8.

As I said, hope I'm wrong - I'd certainly like my new car to look new for more the 3 months ...
 
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