Looks like Coupe are the flavour of the season with Mercedes announcing the new GLC Coupe, BMW launching the X4, the coupe based on the X3 platform, it was time, that Audi would get in the brand new Q3 Sportback, their Variant of Coupé.
To be available in Germany from fall onwards at a starting price of 40000 Euros, lets have a look at the compact SUV
Based on the new Q3, the core differentiator between the regular Q3 versus t he Q3 Sportback is sloping roofline at the rear.
The Audi Q3 Sportback stands for strength and precision to an equal degree, and reflects this in all design details. The black grille of the octagonal Single-frame is strongly three-dimensional in design, and this makes it particularly sporty.
The same applies for the trapezoidal air inlets and the expressive bumper with its flat blade. The coupé-like passenger cabin acts as a contrast to the distinctive attachments, which are painted in contrasting colours and thus emphasise the SUV character. The low roofline gives way to flat D pillars and ends in a roof edge spoiler. As a result, the Audi Q3 Sportback appears much longer than its sister model Q3.
The Audi Q3 Sportback offers driving fun on various terrains. In the city, on long-haul routes, or on easy terrain – the compact crossover is a dynamic all-rounder. It features progressive steering as standard, whose gear ratio becomes increasingly direct as the steering angle increases, and the sport suspension.
Depending on the driving situation, road condition, and personal preferences, the driver can vary the car’s characteristics via the standard dynamic handling system, Audi drive select, in six profiles, including the off-road mode. In addition to the engine and transmission set-up, this system also influences the electronically adjustable shock absorbers and the steering assistance. As an option, the hill descent control can offer support
The Q3 Sportback at launch will be available in series of petrol and diesel options. At launch, Audi is offering 2.0 Tsi and 2.0 Tdi as with the petrol churning out 230 HP and the diesel churning out 150 HP of power. Additional engines will follow in the course of the year, including a more powerful diesel and an entry-level gasoline engine, which works together with a 48 V mild-hybrid system.
On the interiors, it is an Audi, and with Audi, what you expect is plethora of screens everywhere which are crisp and sharp to look at. And this Q3 Sportback is no different. Even the basic equipment includes a digital instrument cluster with a 10.25-inch screen diagonal, which the driver operates using the multifunction steering wheel. In the top-of-the-line system, MMI navigation plus, the displays appear in the Audi virtual cockpit, which offers many additional functions. A touch display measuring 10.1 inches is positioned in the centre of the instrument panel. When a function is selected, it emits acoustic feedback.
Taking technology to the next level is yet another new feature is the cloud-based Amazon voice service Alexa, which streams music and audio books and also offers access to more than 80,000 Alexa Skills.
In the Audi Q3 Sportback, four standard systems are used for safety. These include the lane departure warning and the Delivery of the Audi Q3 Sportback in Europe will start in the fall.
The adaptive cruise assist is a highlight of the optional systems. It takes the burden off the driver during longitudinal and lateral guidance. Ultra-modern systems such as the 360 degree cameras offer assistance with parking and manoeuvring lane change warning. While the former helps the driver to remain in the lane, the latter points out critical situations when changing lanes, such as if there is a vehicle in the blind spot.
In Germany, the price for the 35 TDI S tronic is €40,200, while the 45 TFSI quattro S tronic is available from a starting price of €46,200. An exclusive edition model in two designs accompanies the market launch, Depending on their paint finishes, they are called “edition one dew silver” and “edition one mythos black.”