JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Audi SA has launched a compact SUV in coupé shape, badged it Audi Q3 Sportback, and described it as the brand’s first ”compact crossover”.
Further description punts ”a sporty character with expressive design starting with a black octagonal grille” and progresses to trapezoidal air ents and a flat-bladed bumper.
The roofline – 30mm lower than that of the original Q3 – ends with a large spoiler intended to make the car look longer than its older sister.
”Strong contours,” Audi says, ”hint at the quattro drive from the Q3 Sportback 40 TFSI and the aero trim and sporty bumper emphasise the width of the new Sportback.”
Two lighting options are listed: diodes for the head- and tail-lights are standard, the option is Matrix LED tech whose adaptive high beam ”intelligently illuminates the road as best suits the driving situation”.
10 body colours will be available along with Audi S line exterior trim: prominent aluminium elements around the grille, bumper and air inlets and the package will ride on 18” or optioned 19” rim/tyre combinations.
The driver can vary the car’s characteristics using a standard dynamic handling system with six profiles from comfort to off-road and two petrol engines are on the list: a 1.4 TFSI will deliver a very handy 110kW/250Nm from its four-cylinder, direct injection, turbo unit spinning a six-speed S Tronic transmission.
FIVE ADJUSTABLE SEATS
Sister Q3 Sportback 40 TFSI quattro S Line has a 2.0 TFSI engine capable of 132kW/320Nm spinning a seven-speed S Tronic transmission.
The Q3 Sportback, Audi says, was designed as a five-seater with the benefit of all five being adjustable legroom and recline while the boot volume can grow from 530 to 1400 litres on two floor levels.
A ”comfort package” will add power to the tail door – which also means the intallation of power adjustment and heating for the two front seats – all of which have material and colour options – among them leather.
As many as 30 ambience/adjustable interior lighting selections can be made and a (misnamed, as are all ”panoramic” sunroofs because they only look upwards) skylight. C’mon, automakers, ‘fess up and change the name’ to ”skylight”, or similar.
At least there is nothing inaccurate about the standard aircon…
A digital instrument cluster with a 22cm screen, controlled from the steering-wheel comes with a radio or a buyer can instead select a digital instrument cluster with a ”virtual” cockpit supplying a number of information variants.
AID ON THE MOVE
The menu structure is complemented by a control unit that uses natural language and can understand colloquial communication. There is also a smartphone interface and the option of a Bang & Olufsen sound system..
On-the-move assistance is available with lane-keeping, blind-spot warning, and automatic emergency braking; security from all-round cameras and auto-parking surveillance and cross-traffic warning.
Further packages can include solutions for comfort, tech, parking, and interior choices.
The cars will be assembled at Audi’s Hungarian plant, are already available at Audi dealers across South Africa and here are the prices:
Audi Q3 Sportback 35 TFSI S Tronic – R693 000
Audi Q3 Sportback 40 TFSI quattro S Tronic: R737 000
…each with a five-year or 100 000km* Audi Freeway plan, inclusive of all taxes.
*Whichever comes first.