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Audi unveils its stylish new weapon against BMW and Mercedes

Benjamin Zhang
Audi Q3


  • The Audi Q3 made its world debut on Tuesday.
  • The subcompact crossover will go on sale this November in Germany.
  • It will be powered by a selection of turbocharged, four-cylinder engines ranging from 150 to 230 horsepower. 
  • Audi has not announced pricing for the new Q3. 

Audi finally unveiled its long-awaited second-generation Q3 subcompact crossover on Tuesday. The Q3 will be the entry-level crossover for the Ingolstadt, Germany-based luxury automaker's US lineup and will slot in below the award-winning Q5, Q7, and recently unveiled Q8. 

It is also slated to take on BMW's new X2 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA.

In terms of size, the new Q3 will be 3.8 inches longer and 0.7 inches wider than the first generation model it replaces. 

At launch, Audi Q3 will be available with a quartet of turbocharged, four-cylinder engines. Entry-level Q3s get a 1.5 liter, 150 horsepower unit. Buyers can step up to a 2.0-liter powerplant that produces 190 hp. There is also an up-rated version of the 2.0-liter engine that produces 230 hp. Some markets will also get a 2.0 liter, 150 horsepower diesel option.

After the Q3's market launch, a fifth engine option in the form of a 190 horsepower version of the 2.0 TDI diesel engine will join the lineup.

Audi Q3

AudiThe base gasoline Q3s will be equipped with a seven-speed S-tronic twin-clutch transmission sending power to the front wheels. While a six-speed manual option will be available later this fall. 

The 2.0-liter gas-powered cars will get the S-tronic transmission with full-time quattro all-wheel-drive. Diesel Q3s will initially be available with quattro all-wheel-drive and a six-speed manual while the S-tronic and front-wheel-drive version will follow after launch. 

Audi has not announced which engine options will be available in the US, although I wouldn't hold your breath for the diesel. 

Audi Q3

AudiThe Q3 will also be available with the latest from Audi's arsenal of tech goodies including 360-degree cameras, adaptive cruise control, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, a 10.25-inch virtual cockpit instrument cluster, and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen. 

The original Audi Q3 debuted back in 2011 and is based on the first generation Volkswagen Tiguan, which itself is a descendant of the Mark V VW Golf. In other words, it's old. VW pulled the gen one Tiguan from frontline duties last year and replaced it with a new version built on VW Group's MQB platform.  

Audi Q3