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2015 Audi Q3 is coming to America with 200 hp

Thu, 09 Jan 2014

Audi has been selling the Q3 crossover overseas for a few years now, but it is set to make its United States debut at the Detroit auto show before hitting dealerships this fall. The 2015 Audi Q3 will complement the new A3 lineup, which includes a sedan, cabriolet and sportback, while expanding the automaker’s luxury crossover/SUV stable.

The Q3 will get power from Audi’s workhorse 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, making 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque in this application. A six-speed Tiptronic transmission is standard, so unfortunately no DSG. Front-wheel drive is standard; you’ll have to pay more to get the quattro all-wheel drive system.

Audi’s drive select system, which allows driver to adjust handling and throttle response, is also optional.

The Q3 will stick to the road through a MacPherson front suspension setup with forged aluminum lower wishbones, a four-link with a separate spring/shock absorber holds down the rear. Like an increasing number of cars these days, power steering is accomplished via an electromechanical system.

Standard equipment on the new Q3 includes a power sunroof, xenon headlights and heated leather seats. The sports package, driver assist package, Audi’s MMI infotainment system, a power tailgate, side assist radar and Bose sound system are all optional.

Inside, the Q3 features a cargo area measuring 16.2 cubic feet; folding the back seats down nets you an additional 32 cubes for a total of 48.2 cubic feet. LED lights illuminate the interior, highlighting the foot wells, storage compartments, air vents and more.

We can trace the look of the Q3 all the way back to the Cross Coupe Quattro that emerged in 2007. The stylish small crossover has a low roof line, flat D-pillars and a wraparound tailgate. More LED are featured in the mirrors as turn signals while wedge-shaped headlights house xenon and LED bulbs.

Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

By Jake Lingeman