A few days before the 2015 Q3’s American debut at the Detroit Motor Show, Audi confirmed the launch of the new crossover in the States in Fall. They also revealed detailed specification of the car, along with the technical details and available options.
2015 Audi Q3 launches in America with only one engine, a 200-hp TFSI four-cylinder with 207 lb-ft. of torque. Standard is a six-speed Tiptronic transmission and front-wheel-drive, but you can order Quattro four-wheel-drive and Audi drive select system.
The Q3 being, essentially, a jacked up hatchback, it comes with sophisticated suspension design, featuring McPherson struts with forged aluminum lower wishbones. The rear includes a four-link rear axle with a separate spring/shock absorber arrangement to maximize interior cargo space. Steering is electric and the ESC system has an offroad mode and hill descent assist.
The looks of the car are typical Audi: neat and clean, but rather boring. You get 18-inch wheels as standard, while 19-inchers are available as option. The same applies to the interior. You get a practical and ergonomic environment, but it’s not very interesting. The cargo area offers a base luggage capacity of 16.2 cu ft. Folding down the split rear seatbacks increases this capacity to 48.2 cu ft. LED lighting is standard, but you have to pay extra for stuff like BOSE Surround Sound system and power tailgate.
Other notable options include:
• Sport package including front sport seats with adjustable thigh support
• Driver Assistance package including Audi side assist and Audi parking system with rearview camera
• Audi MMI navigation plus with 7.0-inch color monitor
• The Prestige trim package includes extended infotainment and convenience features including Audi connect®
• Audi side assist uses radar to help make changing lanes easier