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2011 AUDI Q3

SPY SHOTS

By Mark Kleis

Leftlane reported the first images of Audi’s upcoming Q3 CUV a few months ago as the heavily camouflaged crossover rested on top of a lift inside of an Audi development facility. But today, we have the first-ever shots of the Q3 in action as it drove on a snowy, public road.

With the latest spy shots seemingly supporting our previous illustrations, we expect the next Q3 to be fairly rugged and aggressive in design. It is also easy to see the similar design cues in the front fascia with the bigger Q5.

Expect moderately larger wheels – something in the realm of 18 to 20-inches. The Q3 will essentially fill the role of an upscale and more luxurious VW Tiguan – of which it shares a platform.

The Q3 is set to ride on the same VW chassis that the Golf and Tiguan use. We also hear it will have a Haldex all-wheel drive system instead of the usual Torsen all-wheel drive system found on most other Audi vehicles.

In the U.S. market, the Q3 will likely only be available with a 211 horsepower 2.0L TFSI four-cylinder. However, the supercharged V6 used in the S4 may find its way under the Q3′s hood. A next-generation version of Audi’s dual clutch “S-tronic” manu-matic transmission is also a likely bet.

European Q3 buyers will likely have the option of VW’s 1.4-liter TFSI inline-four engine — tuned to somewhere in the neighborhood of 125-150 horsepower — as well as two turbo-diesels powerplants, one of which may boast as much as 200 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

Watch for the Q3 to launch in Europe during the summer of 2011, and in the U.S. towards the end of 2011.

LINK:

http://www.leftlanenews.com/audi-q3.html

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Spy Shots: Audi Q3 caught frolicking in the snow

by Steven J. Ewing (RSS feed) on Dec 7th 2010 at 6:31PM

The details on Audi's forthcoming Q3 crossover are slim, and while we still have yet to see a clear set of spy photos (this latest set certainly isn't the greatest, but beggars can't be choosers), there's no doubt that the automaker is prepping its smallest-yet CUV for a debut sometime in 2011. We do understand that the majority of the Q3's groundwork will be based on the Volkswagen Tiguan, though the styling will be more akin to that of Audi's Cross Coupe concept from 2007.

Various reports have stated that the Tiguan's engines and transmissions will carry over to the Q3, so we can expect the Audi to be powered by the automaker's 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, producing somewhere around 200 horsepower. A diesel version is more than likely planned for European markets, though there's no word about whether or not an oil-burning Q3 will make its way Stateside.

Our spies suggest that the Q3 will debut in the second half of 2011 (Frankfurt Motor Show?) with the first models going on sale later that year. Until then, we'll keep our eyes peeled for clearer views of Q3 prototypes out on the road.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/12/07/spy-shots-audi-q3-caught-frolicking-in-the-snow/

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