Tag Archives: 2015 Audi Q3
Moving forward from the success of their highly appreciated midsize Q5, Audi is in the process of to offer an even smaller SUV to its customers in 2015 which will aptly be named 2015 Audi Q3. Market leaders are considering it a late move for the already thriving premium compact crossover segment, which might create trouble for them to strengthen their hold in SUV market.
There will be no denying that this time as well Audi will maintain its high standards and will introduce its refurbished 2015 Audi Q3 with turbocharged four cylinder engine which will compliment beautifully its six speed automatic transmission. The new 2.0 liter engine will have the 200 horsepower capability and will sport 207 pound feet of torque. All these features combined together will allow the newly 2015 Audi Q3 to deliver lively acceleration and low end muscle to perform cargo duties usually expected from such small size SUVs. This time as well, the Audi will sport front four wheel drive, whereas the all wheel drive feature will also come as an option.
This time Audi Q3 has made reasonable changes in size and has decreased it by nearly 10 inches to make it shorter than Q5. But they have made no compromise with its cargo space, which will still remain 48 cubic feet when the rear seats are folded down, however it will go down to 16,.2 cubes when the rear seats are up. Apart from having all the standard features that an Audi SUV comes with, this time the 2015 Audi Q3 will also have 18 inch wheels, heated 12 way front seats, a panoramic sunroof and leather upholstery. To make the SUV more enticing for consumers Audi is offering additional options like sporty front seats, 7 inch display, navigation system, 14 speaker audio system from Boss and a power liftgate to improve its chances in the market.
When it comes to safety, Audi leaves no stone unturned and offers the best in class security systems that primarily include parking assist, rear seat side airbags, blind spot monitoring, rearview camera and side curtain airbags which are standard in all models. This futuristic SUV will be available for customers in three adjustable driver dynamic modes namely Auto, dynamic and comfort to choose from. When taking a test drive, it is quite visible that the SUV offers plenty of grip to the driver and also suppression of body roll is quite Impressive. However, the speed sensitive steering wheel doesn’t leave much room for road feel. If you are looking for the more rugged up version of A3, then you might get completely disappointed.
The market price for Audi Q3, when it will hit the roads in 2015 can be somewhere around $40,000, which is quite a lot of money to spend on an Audi, when you can easily buy a Range Rover for that price, which incidentally is also the toughest rival for luxury car maker. Whereas, you can easily buy a BMW X1 for almost $31,000, which is actually a quite less amount, and also Mercedes is launching its Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class at the same. So, experts are expecting Audi to keep its 2015 Audi Q3 price somewhere between that only to fit the bill.
Yet again Audi managed to turn eyes at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. Among the few automakers, which all the eyes look forward to, Audi unleashed a new concept of a mini crossover this year. Apparently, the smallest crossover from the brand, the Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept is another futuristic attempt by Audi. The concept employs a plug in gas electric hybrid powertrain into an avant-garde crossover that is both compact and sporty. What seem much apparent from the styling are the cues taken from the 2014 Audi Allroad as well as the sporty Audi TT, henceforth, making the 2014 Audi Allroad Shooting Brake concept look like a tall wagon with two doors. And that is where the moniker comes from! As it is said that this is probably the smallest crossover proposed by the brand, the 2014 Audi Allroad Shooting Brake concept car is even smaller than the 2015 Audi Q3.
The futuristic wagon is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged inline four cylinder engine with direct injection. The engine readily delivers 288 horsepower and 280 pound feet of twist. The gasoline grunt is coupled with two electric motors. The front drive motor is rated at 40 kilowatts while the one fitted on the rear axle is rated at 85 kilowatts. The motor responsible for rear drive is separated from the main drivetrain of the vehicle. The 2014 Audi Allroad Shooting Brake concept runs on an 8.8 kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery. When the motor comes into action, the 2014 Audi Allroad Shooting Brake concept drives with power of 402 ponies and whopping 479 pound feet of torque. That is some serious amount of twist for a vehicle that small! The transmission that is mated to the amazing engine of the concept is a six speed dual clutch automated manual transmission, which accelerates the 2014 Audi Allroad Shooting Brake concept from rest to 760 mph in a sprint time of just 4.6 seconds. Another impressive number in line! The top speed that the vehicle can attain, as the brand claims, is 155 mph.
Molecules of Aluminum and carbon fiber have come together to materialize this concept car. The use of such materials reduces the weight of the wagon, dramatically. A much needed attribute! However, the carbon fiber could spike up the cost of the vehicle, if it hits production. On the inside, the 2014 Audi Allroad Shooting Brake Concept boasts the advanced most edition of the Audi’s Multi Media Interface. Major features that come with the MMI are 3D graphics on your panel screen and an option to inductively charge your smartphone by linking it to the wagon’s electrical system.
The 2014 Audi Allroad Shooting Brake, for all intents and purposes, was a concept car. A vehicle, strictly same as this, would never be available for you to buy. However, the brand will most likely inculcate elements from the design into the upcoming models. Being such a compact crossover, and that too with two doors, the chances of something like the 2014 Audi Allroad Shooting Brake to be available in the US are thin.