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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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
|35 TFSI Launch Edition||$52,750||--|
|45 TFSI Quattro||$TBA||$TBA|