2015 NAIAS Debuts: 2016 Audi Q3

2016 Audi Q3 Overview

This is the smallest crossover in whole Audi range, it is sold worldwide, with wide range of engines from gasoline to diesel, and it is loosely based on VW Tiguane. American version of this car is going to be presented on 2015 North American International auto show and it is going to come with only one engine option.

Comparing to the current model it will come with much sportier exterior look, optional all wheel drive and  stronger turbocharged engine. Main rivals of this crossover are BMW X1 and Mercedes Benz GLA Class.

2016 Audi Q3. Photo credits: Car and Driver
2016 Audi Q3. Photo credits: Car and Driver

2016 Audi Q3 Exterior Styling

New model will be much more angular and sharp looking than the current model which looks quite rounded even for a crossover. Front fascia looks angrier than ever, with the new chrome ring that connects the headlights and new lower air intakes that are placed bellow the headlights. In the back new model comes with redesigned taillights that add much more elegance to the whole package.

2016 Audi Q3 Interior

Audi is famous for use of quality materials inside the cabin and having nice and very detailed finish. This vehicle is no different than that. It comes with aa lot of nice looking and very functional buttons that control various features from radio to HAVC. It also has standard Audi’s MMI infotainment system, with flip up screen and controller under it. Information screen displays various data from mileage to radio station, tripometer and fuel efficiency.

2016 Audi Q3 interior. Photo credits: Car and Driver
2016 Audi Q3 interior. Photo credits: Car and Driver

Seats are very comfortable, with the front seats that are supportive and power-adjustable, and the back seats that can be folded down to the ground to provide additional cargo room if needed.

2016 Audi Q3 Engine

United States version comes with only one completely new engine, it’s 2,0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder unit that is able to produce 200 horsepower and 207 pound feet of torque. There’s also only one transmission system available and we’re talking about little bit boring six speed automatic. Buyers can choose between front wheel or all wheel drive version. All wheel drive called Audi quatro comes with  very good off-road capability and it also does well in winter conditions.

2016 Audi Q3. Photo credits: Car and Driver
2016 Audi Q3. Photo credits: Car and Driver

2016 Audi Q3 Plans for the Future

In next few years we can also expect RS models of Q3 to be promoted on American market. These models will come with larger turbocharged unit, which will be able to produce at least 340 horsepower and 322 pound feet of torque.

2016 Audi Q3 Price

New model will come with only two trim levels to the American market. Least expensive trim sold in the United States will be Premium Plus which will start at $32,500, while the Prestige trim level will be more equipped and will cost $36,400.

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