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Audi Q3 2020 pricing and specs confirmed: Single engine available now but more to come next year

To make up for an arguably overdue launch, Audi offers an impressive list of standard inclusions on the base Q3.

Audi has confirmed pricing and specification for its initial batch of new-generation Q3s.

The small SUV will arrive in just one spec initially, the entry-level, front-drive 35 TFSI priced from $46,400 before on-road costs.

While the 35 TFSI is powered by a 110kW/250Nm 1.4-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, Audi says to expect turbocharged 2.0-litre 45 TFSI variants with quattro all-wheel drive in the second quarter of 2020, as well as Sportback (a coupe-SUV bodystyle) and five-cylinder turbo RS variants before the end of next year.

Only the entry-level Q3 will be available for now, with 2.0-litre all-wheel drive models arriving in 2020.

The brand has faced supply constraints in bringing the Q3 – a model which it hopes will sell significant volumes – to the Australian market.

The second-generation Q3 has grown significantly in its dimensions, with a 77mm extension of wheelbase, which combines with a new variable rear seating arrangement to allow for a 530-litre (VDA) boot with the seats up, or a 1525L space with the seats down.

The Audi Q3 has a larger boot than many of its main luxury small-SUV rivals.

The Q3 35 TFSI arrives as standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, a 10.1-inch multimedia touchscreen with Audi’s MMI+ suite (including built-in sim-card and built-in navigation, as well as Android Auto and wireless Apple CarPlay functionality), Audi’s signature configurable 10.21-inch digital dash layout, a Qi wireless charging bay, full leather interior trim (there is no cloth interior option for the Q3 in Australia), an electric tailgate with gesture control, dual-zone climate control, full LED front lighting, and manually-adjustable seats.

The options list for the new Q3 is remarkably short for the time being consisting of the ‘Style Package’ ($1900) – including 19-inch alloy wheels, matching paint and aluminium trim finishes – or the ‘Comfort Package’ ($2600) – consisting of electrically adjustable heated front seats, auto folding and dipping wing mirrors, an electro-chromatic rear vision mirror, as well as adaptive cruise control.

The second-gen Q3 comes with a tech laden interior, the first car from Audi with wireless Apple CarPlay as standard.

Alternatively, the 35 TFSI can be had in a limited ‘Launch Edition’ trim ($52,750), which bundles together 19-inch alloys, matching metallic paint, privacy glass, auto folding exterior mirrors, a premium 10-speaker audio system, auto dimming interior LED lighting, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, a 360-degree parking suite, and adaptive cruise control.

A Bang & Olufsen audio system can be optioned to the Launch Edition only at $900, and a panoramic electric sunroof can be added to either version of the 35 TFSI at $2250.

The Q3 35 TFSI is claimed to consume 7.2L/100km of premium unleaded and drives the front wheels via a six-speed dual-clutch 'S tronic' automatic transmission.

The new Q3 is $3000 dearer than the entry-level 1.4 TFSI that it replaces, but Audi claims the jump in new equipment represents a value addition of $12,000 over the outgoing model.

The Q3 comes with a fully-variable rear seating arrangement.

On the safety front the Q3 packs autonomous emergency braking (AEB), blind-spot monitoring (BSM) and lane-keep assist (LKAS) with lane departure warning (LDW) as standard. Active cruise control is added with the aforementioned ‘Comfort Package’ or as a standard inclusion on the First Edition.

Audi Q3 2020 price

35 TFSI$46,400--
35 TFSI Launch Edition$52,750--
45 TFSI Quattro$TBA$TBA
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