The second generation of Audi's Q 3 SUV will hit Irish showrooms in time for 2019 registrations. Here's some of what to expect.
Audi is promising more space, comfort and technology and a body design that is more sporty than the rather soft profile of the existing model. The new car will be available in both petrol and diesel units - in combination with either front-wheel or quattro four wheel drive. The power outputs will range from 150 hp to 230 hp, with four-cylinder direct injection units with turbocharging. Clearly some details on engine sizes have yet to be worked out because we don't yet know the engine capacities that will be sold in Ireland. Neither have prices been settled on as yet.
The new Q3 has grown compared to the current model and will be 4.485 metres long, 1.856 metres wide and 1.585 metres high. The wheelbase, has been stretched by 77 millimetres, and will offer "considerably more knee room, headroom and elbow room" - currently an issue with the existing model in terms of space restrictions when the car is full.
The boot capacity has been extended to by 70 litres more, with the capacity now being 530 or 675 litres, depending on the position of the rear seats and backrests. With the backrests completely folded down the capacity rises to 1,525 litres.
Six different driving profiles can be selected.
Audi says the driver can vary the characteristics of the Audi Q3 depending on the driving situation, road conditions or personal needs using the Audi drive select dynamic handling system with six profiles – from markedly comfortable, highly efficient through to out-and-out sporty. Much better driving dynamics and comfort are promised. The optional permanent all-wheel drive can be activated at the push of a button and optional hill descent control maintains a pre-set speed on a steep downhill gradient.
The car will have an "all-new operating concept" with MMI touch display set against a high-gloss, glass-like black surround and a "a cutting-edge" infotainment system. Audi says the Q3 will have the "same advanced technical functions as seen in Audi’s premium segments".