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Audi unveils second-generation Q3 crossover

Audi has revealed its new Q3 crossover, which is larger and safer than before.

The German manufacturer is typically cautious when it comes to its design, but the latest Q3 looks surprisingly different to the outgoing model, with a singleframe octagonal grille, large air inlets and slimmer headlights making the model look more muscular than the last model’s floaty looks. The model looks to have design cues from Audi’s largest SUV – the recently unveiled Q8.

There’s also more scope for customisation than before, with buyers having the option to choose contrasting paint trim for the car’s lower areas. The S line exterior package has also been added to the range, which adds a sportier-looking diffuser, bumpers and sill trims. This model can also come with 20-inch alloy wheels and Matrix LED headlights .

Standard equipment includes a digital instrument cluster, LED headlights, automatic lights and wipers, and Bluetooth as part of the MMI infotainment system.

The Q3 was always seen as a family-friendly SUV, and the latest model is roomier than before as it’s grown in size. It’s 97mm longer, 25 mm wider, but most importantly has a 77mm longer wheelbase, which allows for increased interior space. It boasts up to 675 litres of boot space, while the optional electric tailgate can be opened by waving your foot underneath the bumper.

A 10.1-inch touchscreen display is standard, while the Virtual Cockpit is fitted as standard on trim levels from Sport upwards. Other infotainment optional extras include Audi connect (standard on range-topping models) and a ‘plus’ package which adds 3D maps for the sat nav, as well as cloud-stored information. Audi connect also works in tandem with the ‘myAudi app’, which can save routes on the app and then download them to the sat nav, for example.

The new model has also taken a leap forward in terms of safety, and is offered with features such as park assist, cross traffic assist (to help when reversing out of spaces), a reversing camera, as well as the standard autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning.

From launch, four engines will be offered – including three petrol units and one diesel, which will range between 148bhp and 227bhp, and come with either front-wheel-drive or Quattro all-wheel-drive.

While prices have yet to be announced, expect a jump in price over the current model’s £27,915 asking price. First deliveries are expected from November 2018.

Ted Welford

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July 25, 2018

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