Built from your expectations the new Audi Q3
information supplied by: Audi South Africa
19 April 2012
Built from your expectations the new Audi Q3
Audi South Africa is venturing into a new market segment: The Audi Q3 is a premium compact SUV. It is sporty, efficient, versatile and trendy – a vehicle which feels right at home on or off any road. The Q3 showcases Audi’s expertise in all aspects of engineering, from its lightweight body through to efficient drivetrains and a dynamic chassis to its state-of-the-art assistance systems and multimedia systems.
Design of the Q3 has coupe-like styling that symbolises its sporty identity. Distinctive lights add a striking touch and the very flat-set rear window emphasises the sporty nature of the Audi Q3.
Thanks to systematic lightweight design, the basic version of the Audi Q3 weighs less than 1,500 kilograms. Its bonnet and wraparound tailgate, which houses the taillights, are made of aluminum. The passenger compartment features ultra-high-strength steels.
Audi’s latest model’s interior is very spacious; its ergonomics and workmanship are exemplary. The luggage compartment offers 460 to 1,365 litres of capacity – ideal for sports and leisure.
“The new Audi Q3 sees the brand entering a new product segment in the market. The Q3 has won many accolades upon entering the global market late last year and we look forward to the same performance in South Africa.” says Ryan Searle: Head of Audi South Africa
Q3 2.0 TDI 103 kW man R 370,000
Q3 2.0 TDI 130 kW quattro S tronic R 431,500
Q3 2.0T FSI 125 kW quattro man R 404,500
Q3 2.0T FSI 125 kW quattro S tronic R 421,500
Q3 2.0T FSI 155 kW quattro S tronic R 467,000
Robust, powerful and sporty – the Audi Q3 has a distinctive road stance. Its progressive design is tightly integrated into the brand’s design language. The Q3 takes up the concept of the 2007 Cross Coupé quattro show car.
Its dimensions express the dynamic lines in numbers. The compact SUV is
4,385 millimetres long and 1,831 millimetres wide, but only 1,590 millimetres
high. The wheelbase measures 2,603 millimetres and the overhangs are short. The coupé-like roof line and the sharply sloped D-pillars give the Q3 a sporty silhouette.
The front end of the vehicle is intensively sculpted and sets strong accents. The upper corners of the single-frame radiator grille are beveled, and the lattice is dominated by the vertical elements. Two rising lines on the sides carry over into the bonnet. The large air inlets with the horizontal bars underscore the powerful appearance of the compact SUV and house standard fog lights.
Headlights of the Audi Q3 are wedge-shaped. They are set deeply into the body, and the indicators are located behind an intricate fascia vapour coated with aluminum.
In the style of a coupe: the roof
The side view is dominated by the flowing, coupe-like roof that quickly begins sloping back downward. It flows into an unusually flat D-pillar reminiscent of the A3 models. The pillar lends the rear an energetic look that is further accentuated by the long roof spoiler. The sheet metal to greenhouse ratio of two-thirds to one-third is also typical of Audi’s sporty design language. The pronounced wheel arches with the offset wheel wells house wheels up to 18 inches in diameter.
Sharply drawn lines on the flanks frame athletically arched sheet metal surfaces. Their wedge-shaped path gives the Q3 a lean and fast appearance. The defining shadow contour is the tornado line. It begins at the headlights and runs below the edge of the window to the tail lights. Another line in the area of the sills further heightens the tension. The door handles are distinctly bow-shaped, and the housings of the side mirrors sport LED indicators.
The wrap-around tailgate emphasises the width of the Q3’s rear end – a characteristic feature of the Q model series. The tailgate has a three-dimensional look, drawing back several centimetres above the license plate.
The large, undivided tail lights have a wedge shape similar to the headlights and feature a three-dimensional look that is continued in their interior.
Audi offers LED tail lights in combination with the xenon plus headlights. Two high-performance LEDs which require just two watts of power generate the rear light – a flat bar in the style of the daytime running lights – by means of light guides. 21 yellow LEDs are used for the indicators, 18 red ones for the brake light – whose immediate response provides added safety for drivers following behind.
Thanks to the coloured housing, the LED tail lights are very dark red when switched off, because they cannot be seen when the luggage compartment hatch is open, the Q3 also has flat lamps with incandescent bulbs integrated into the bumper.
An underbody guard caps the bottom of the rear end, giving the compact premium SUV a sturdy road stance. The exhaust system terminates in dual tailpipes on the left. The entire exhaust system is very lightweight which is made possible by high-grade stainless steels.
The body of the Q3 establishes the foundation for the high build quality, the sporty handling, the acoustic comfort of the cabin and safety. Large portions of it are made of high-strength steels, which are a decisive factor for the high static and dynamic rigidity. Two torsion rings – in the area of the rear seats and the cutout for the tailgate – also make significant contributions.
Audi once again demonstrates its competence in “ultra” lightweight construction with the Q3. The front-wheel drive version of the compact SUV, weighs 1,445 kilograms, with the body-in-white accounting for just 301 kilograms. Even the add-on parts are lightweight. The bonnet and the wrap-around tailgate are made of aluminum. They weigh just 8.8 and 10.8 kilograms, respectively – nearly 50 percent less than corresponding parts of steel sheet. The bonnet is secured to the body by two releases, allowing a crash-optimised construction with low sheet thicknesses and high geometrical stability.
One factor for enhanced rigidity is 74 metres of structural adhesive. The adhesive bonds supplement the 4,400 weld points and provide for strong and tight connections, often eliminating the need for additional sealing and corrosion protection measures – which in turn saves weight.
Enhanced safety: excellent occupant protection
The Audi Q3 is also at the head of its class when it comes to passive safety. There are three load levels in the front end. The lowest one comprises the subframe for the front axle. Two longitudinal members are used on the middle level. Connected to one another via the front cross-member, they distribute the load in an offset crash to both sides of the occupant cell.
On the top level, two additional members dissipate energy via the fenders.
The ultra-high-strength B-pillars provide outstanding protection in a side-impact collision. Large overlaps brace the doors against the pillars and the triple-shell sills. Two cross-members reinforce the floor structure. The longitudinal members absorb energy in the event of a rear-end collision. Their strength gradually decreases moving forward. The structures can be replaced in sections, which reduce costs.
Five crash sensors that react to acceleration and changes in air pressure stand guard in the Audi Q3. One of them is located at the center of the front end, the other four in the area of the B- and C-pillars. They provide detailed information to the airbag controller, which itself includes three sensors.
The compact premium SUV comes standard with two front airbags, thorax-pelvis side airbags in the backs of the front seats and curtain head airbags. Pyrotechnic belt tensioners up front, belt force limiters and the integral Audi head restraint system, which mitigates the consequences of a rear-impact collision, round out the package.
Isofix child seat anchor points in the rear are standard. Sensors monitor whether the rear safety belts are fastened. Isofix child seat anchor points for the front passenger seat together with deactivatable airbag are optionally available.
Extremely sophisticated: the aerodynamics
The base version of the Audi Q3 boasts a coefficient of drag of 0.32 – benchmark among its competition. It has a front surface area of 2.44 square metres. The low lift at the axles ensures superior stability at high speed.
Very sophisticated aerodynamic tuning also went into the side mirrors. With their elegant design and slender base, they contribute just 3.1 percent of the total wind resistance. The noise generated at the mirrors remains low, and the glass barely fouls in the rain. The water-catching strips at the A-pillars keep the side windows clean by diverting the rain water pushed in their direction by the windshield wipers downward or upward.
Interior of the Audi Q3 mirrors the exterior design’s sinewy and muscular styling. The wrap-around, a large arc above the dashboard and extending from one front door to the other. The elegantly sweeping, horizontally stepped instrument panel features a large inlay on the passenger side.
The broad centre console is asymmetrical and inclined slightly toward the driver. The clean layout and intuitive operation of all switches and controls on it – the control unit for the audio or MMI system, the strip with the secondary switches and the terminal for the air conditioning – are exemplary.
The large controls, which are spring-loaded, are an optical and tactile highlight. A display indicates the temperatures in each zone.
The colour LED display screen is retracted into the instrument panel. If you tap the top edge of the retracted monitor, it extends upward in a gentle, even motion into an excellent position where it can be read quickly. The fold-out monitor with its high-gloss black frame is a visual and technical highlight in the compact SUV class.
The speedometer and the tachometer, into which the coolant temperature and fuel level indicators have been integrated, have black dials, white numbers and red needles. At night the instruments are lit in white, the buttons red.
Integrated into the driver information system is the on-board computer with efficiency program. The computer gives the driver tips for fuel-efficient shifting. In models with a manual transmission, an enlarged representation of the gear-change indicator indicates when it is appropriate to shift gears. Another function provides information on which on-board consumers, such as the air conditioning or the rear window heating, are active and how they affect fuel consumption.
The Audi Q3 showcases the new generation of steering wheels; it can be adjusted over a range of 50 millimeters vertically and horizontally. It also features a lightweight magnesium skeleton and comes wrapped in leather as standard.
The split bottom spoke of the three-spoke sport steering wheel is an eye-catching and exclusive feature of the Q model family.
Firm hold: the seats in the Q3
Front seats in the Audi Q3 offer excellent hold, guidance and support for persons of all sizes. Height-adjustable seats are standard.
Rear seats are also comfortably shaped and upholstered for a pleasant, upright seating position. Their head restraints can be extended particularly far and lowered far enough so as not to impair the view in the rearview mirror. Despite the sloping, coupe-like roof line, even tall passengers enjoy sufficient headroom in the back, and there is also ample room for feet, knees, shoulders and elbows. Getting in and out of the vehicle is easy thanks to the raised seating position.
The Q3 offers plenty of storage at all of the seats. The console of the centre tunnel is home to two cup holders, a 12-volt outlet and a storage bin. There are large pockets in the doors capable of holding 1.5-liter bottles, and there is a small, fold-out compartment to the left of the steering wheel. The base model has an additional compartment on the instrument panel rather than the on-board monitor.
Practical: cargo area
The cargo area of the Audi Q3 can be used very efficiently. The loading lip is relatively low. Because the shock absorbers are located far to the outside in the body, the compartment is very spacious, offering a pass-through width of 1,067 millimetres.
In its standard configuration, the luggage compartment has a volume of 460 litres. A two-piece, removable cargo area cover hides the contents from view. The split rear seat backs can be folded down quickly and easily in just one step without having to remove the head restraints. When fully loaded, cargo volume increases to 1,365 litres.
The Audi Q3 has a maximum towing capacity of two metric tons, depending on the engine. The maximum roof load is 75 kilograms. The standard roof rail, which comes in either black or anodized aluminum depending on the engine, can be fitted with a wide range of racks.
The concert radio is standard on the Audi Q3. Its operating logic follows the Audi MMI principle. The manual fold-out monitor – a 6.5-inch color display – and a memory card reader are standard at this level. The concert radio has a tuner with phase diversity and a TMC tuner.
Driver assistance systems
Assistance systems make it easier for the driver to change lanes and maintain the lane, draw the driver’s attention to important traffic signs and assist with parking. Their high electronic intelligence underscores the exceptional position that the Q3 occupies in the compact SUV segment.
Lane change assistant Audi side assist activates at speeds above 30 km/h. Two 24-gigahertz radar sensors in the rear observe what is happening behind the vehicle to a distance of 70 metres. If another vehicle is in the critical zone – if it is riding in the blind spot or approaching rapidly from the rear – the so-called information stage is activated. A yellow LED indicator illuminates in the casing of the driver’s side mirror; the driver sees it only when looking directly into the mirror.
If the driver now activates the indicator to change lanes nevertheless, the indicator becomes brighter and flashes multiple times. This signal – the warning stage – is clearly perceptible; the visual indications are directed at the driver. The signal’s brightness varies with the ambient light and can also be customized.
Five versions: systems for easy parking
Five different systems for easy parking are available for the Audi Q3. The classic parking system, which uses the data from up to eight ultrasonic sensors, is available in three different configurations – for the rear only, for the front and the rear, or in combination with a reversing camera.
The Audi Q3 is being launched with a choice of four four-cylinder engines – two TFSI units and two TDI. All three displace 2.0 liters and have power outputs between 103 kW and 155 kW. The engines in the Q3 follow the Audi philosophy of downsizing, substituting forced induction for displacement to achieve strong performance with low fuel consumption.
All engines come standard with the recuperation system, a solution from the Audi modular efficiency platform. The system uses intelligent voltage control for the alternator to recover energy during braking and coasting phases. The energy is stored temporarily in the battery and flows back into the on-board electrical system, relieving the load on the alternator and thus the engine the next time the car accelerates.
Start-stop system is another Audi efficiency technology. When the Q3 comes to a halt, the control unit shuts down the engine. The driver’s foot must keep the brake pedal depressed (if equipped with S tronic) or be removed from the clutch (if equipped with a manual transmission). A powerful starter restarts the engine quickly when the driver releases the brake or steps on the clutch again.
The start-stop system is only inactive during the engine’s early warmup phase, on steep slopes or if it is extremely cold. Both it and the recuperation system make a significant contribution to reduced fuel consumption.
TFSI technology: the petrol engines
The abbreviation TFSI represents the combination of direct injection and turbocharging. The two technologies make an excellent team. The fuel injected directly into the combustion chambers is extremely turbulent, thus cooling the chamber walls. The resulting decrease in temperatures solves the problem inherent to all turbocharged engines – a tendency to knock, i.e. early detonation of the mixture on hot spots in the combustion chamber.
Audi Q3 uses two versions of the 2.0 TFSI with a displacement of 1,984 cc – one producing 125 kW and the other 155 kW. The two-litre petrol engine, is a born winner, having been named “Engine of the Year” five years in a row from 2005 to 2009 by an international jury.
Highly cultivated: two balance shafts
The more powerful version of the 2.0 TFSI with 155 kW delivers a brawny and constant 300 Nm to the crankshaft between 1,800 and 4,900 rpm. In combination with the standard seven-speed S tronic, the four-cylinder unit accelerates the Audi Q3 from 0 to 100 km/h
in 6.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 230 km/h. Fuel consumption is just 7.7 liters per 100 km on average, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 179 grams per km.
The 2.0 TFSI with 125 kW offers 280 Nm of torque between 1,700 and 4,200 rpm. Coupled with a six-speed manual and 7-speed S tronic transmission, it accelerates the Q3 from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.2 seconds. Top speed is 212 km/h. Its average fuel consumption is 7.3 liters of fuel per 100 km, which corresponds to 174 grams of CO2/km.
Groundbreaking efficiency: the TDI engines
Two-litre, four-cylinder 130 kW engine consumes just 5.9 liters of fuel per 100 km
on average, which corresponds to 156 grams of CO2/km.
With 130 kW and 380 Nm of torque – the latter available between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm – the sprint to 100 km/h takes 8.2 seconds, and acceleration only ends when a top speed of 212 km/h is reached. The powerful two-litre TDI is mated to the S tronic.
Another version of the 2.0 TDI with 103 kW, combined with a manual transmission and front-wheel drive. With 320 Nm of torque available between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm, it accelerates the Q3 from 0 to 100 km/h in 9.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 202 km/h. With an average fuel consumption of less than 5.2 litres per 100 km, the Audi Q3 with 103 kW is the most fuel-efficient premium SUV on the market. With a full 64-litre
fuel tank, it has a range of more than 1,000 kilometres.
The engines in the Audi Q3 work together with a variety of different transmissions. The 2.0 TFSI with 125 kW and the 2.0 TDI with 103 kW are mated to a manual six-speed gearbox. Models with the two top-of-the-range engines come standard with a seven-speed S tronic. All of the transmissions feature hydraulic bearings; this minimises the propagation of vibrations and noise. The manual gearbox has a particularly lightweight magnesium casing.
High-performance: the seven-speed S tronic
Seven-speed S tronic is a versatile transmission. Drivers can let it shift automatically or change gears themselves using the selector lever or the paddles on the steering wheel. Two driving modes are available: In D mode, the engine runs as often as possible at low revs; in S mode, the driving style is sporty and the revs are higher.
Sportiness and stability: the drivetrain
Audi Q3 2.0 TDI with 103 kW, drives the front wheels. All other engines are paired with quattro permanent all-wheel drive. Its greatest strength lies in the enhanced slip-free acceleration, road dynamics, safety and directional stability that it delivers. The compact SUV is dynamic and stable, even in wet and slippery conditions. It safely delivers its power to the road when exiting corners.
The heart of the quattro drive system in the Audi Q3 is an electronically controlled, hydraulically actuated multi-plate clutch. In the interest of better axle load distribution, it is located on the end of the prop shaft, in front of the rear axle differential. Inside the clutch is a package of plates that rotate in an oil bath. The metal friction rings are arranged behind one another in pairs – one ring of each pair is rigidly meshed with the housing, which rotates with the prop shaft; the other ring is meshed with the output shaft to the rear axle differential.
Very sophisticated: the suspension
The front wheel suspension has a track width of 1,571 millimetres
and follows a classic design. It is a McPherson strut construction with lower wishbones of forged aluminum. The subframe to which they are mounted is made of a chill-cast lightweight alloy, which has a favorable effect on the distribution of weight between the front and rear axles. This figure is roughly 58 to 42 percent. The subframe is rigidly bolted to the body, which further enhances its rigidity.
Four driving modes: Audi drive select
The Q3 is available with optional Audi drive select driving dynamics system – a software module in the central control unit (gateway) where all of the bus systems come together. At the push of a button, the driver can decide at any time how he or she would like to drive the compact SUV – in the comfortable “Comfort” mode, the balanced “Auto” mode or the sporty “Dynamic” mode. In the fourth mode, “Efficiency,” all components including the cruise control and air conditioning are optimized for fuel consumption. All adjustments are made harmoniously so that they make their presence known to the driver but do not irritate.
ESP stabilisation system in the Audi Q3 is a complete new development. When braking on surfaces with different coefficients of friction, it prevents the car from pulling to one side. If a skid is imminent, it supports corrections that defuse the situation. Some of its functions have been specially tailored for the compact SUV. One of these is the rollover prevention function, which uses fast interventions with strong braking at the wheel to prevent the inside wheel in a curve from possibly lifting up during extreme driving maneuvers.
All Audi Q3 models are equipped with hill hold assist, which uses the electromechanical parking brake. It maintains the brake pressure for a brief time after the driver steps off of the brake pedal. Still to come is hill-descent assist, which maintains a constant speed while going downhill of between 10 and 20 km/h, depending on the surface.
At a glance
The Audi Q3
Design and body
Interior and controls
- Sporty, coupe-like lines with flat D-pillars and a wrap-around tailgate
- Lightweight body with ultra-high-strength steels in the occupant cell; aluminum engine hood and tailgate. Base vehicle weight 1,445 kilograms
Engine and drivetrain
- Elegant interior with attractive colors and new materials
- Intuitive control concept and superior build quality
- Spacious rear seat; variable luggage compartment from 460 to 1,365 litres
Chassis and control systems
- Two TFSI and two TDI engines, with power output ranging from 103 kW to 155 kW
- All four-cylinder models standard with start-stop and recuperation
- Front-wheel or quattro all-wheel drive depending on the engine
- S tronic with free-wheel mode
Standard Equipment across the range
- Efficient electromechanical power steering, four-link rear axle
- Wheels ranging in size from 17 to 18 inches, electromechanical parking brake
Additional Standard Equipment for the Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI 155kW quattro S tronic:
- All engines feature a start-stop system and energy recovery
- 17-inch cast aluminium wheels
- quattro® permanent four-wheel drive* for traction and driving pleasure (*excl. Audi Q3 2.0 TDI 103 kW manual)
- Rain and light sensor with auto dimming rear-view mirror
- Connectivity package including: Audi Music Interface; Voice Control; and Bluetooth Connectivity
- Front centre arm rest
- Hill Decent Control with ESP®
- 3-spoke Q-design multifunction steering wheel , with shift paddles for S tronic models
- Climatronic Air-conditioning
- Concert Radio with pop-up colour LCD screen
- Driver Information System with Efficiency Programme
- Split rear seat
- Xenon Plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and rear LED lights
- Rear Park Distance Control
- Cruise Control
- Leather Upholstery
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