Audi Malaysia recently unveiled the refreshed Audi Q3 compact crossover that’s received a host of impeccable upgrades.
Rudi Venter, Marketing Director of Audi Malaysia shares, “Despite being around for just a few years, the Audi Q3 is one of our most successful vehicles and we are very excited to unveil this compact crossover in Malaysia. A premium SUV in concentrated form, the refreshed Audi Q3 showcases the form and capability of an established off-roader, but is also clearly at home in the urban jungle with an effusive combination of handsome styling, engaging performance and ergonomic features, marking it as a clear winner in its segment.”
In terms of size, the dimensions of the new Audi Q3 are identical to its predecessor at a well-proportioned 4.39 metres in length, 1.83 metres wide and 1.59 metres high, with a 2.6 metre wheelbase as well. However, the refreshed Audi Q3 showcases significant design improvements starting from the sculpted Singleframe grille that underlines the Q3’s Audi lineage, dominating horizontal lines up front and in the rear which underscore the width of the vehicle whilst adding character and of course, the honed coupe-like lines and characteristic wrap-around tailgate.
The front façade of the compact crossover features redesigned headlights that come standard with xenon plus technology and LED daytime running lights.
Available in two variants, the entry level variant of this compact SUV features a familiar 1.4 TFSI engine paired with a 6-speed S tronic gearbox that develops a total of 150hp and 250Nm of torque from between 1,500 and 3,500 rpm. This in turn makes the Q3 1.4 TFSI capable of accelerating from 0 to 100km/h in a brisk 8.9 seconds whilst having a combined fuel consumption rating of 6.0 litres/100km and a CO₂ emission of just 139g/km.
On the other hand, the Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro combines an uprated 2.0 TFSI engine with a 7-speed S tronic transmission and Audi’s quattro permanent all-wheel drive to produce 180hp and 320Nm of torque between 1,400 and 3,900 rpm. This dynamic combination allows the new Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro to make the century sprint in 7.6 seconds (0.2 seconds faster than its predecessor), whilst still racking up impressive fuel consumption figures at only 6.7-litres/100km and a combined CO₂ emission rating of just 155 g/km.
One of the key contributors to the refreshed Audi Q3’s engaging driving experience is its improved chassis. As a result of fine-tuning from Ingolstadt’s finest engineers, the already solid chassis now provides enhanced comfort and dampening, whatever the surface. The Audi drive select system also allows driver to further tune the engine throttle response, transmission and steering amongst other things to suit their personal preferences.
Despite its seemingly compact dimensions, the refreshed Audi Q3 continues to offer plenty of space on the inside, with great ergonomics. Leather seats as well as a leather-covered gear knob and a leather four-spoke design multifunction steering wheel comes standard, complemented with strategically placed aluminium inlays and door sill trims.
Functionality is also important in the Audi Q3, and this is evident with the versatility of its cargo compartment which can be increased from 460 litres to 1,365 litres justby folding down the split rear seatbacks.
In terms of infotainment, the refreshed Audi Q3 comes with the standard MMI radio, which features a 6.5-inch TFT colour display and the Audi sound system 6-channel amplifier with 10 speakers.
Additionally, the refreshed Audi Q3 also comes equipped with an entire arsenal of electronic features including a start/stop system (with energy recuperation on the Q3 1.4 TFSI), Parking aid plus (with an upgrade to Parking assist with 360° display on the 2 litre variant), Hill-start assist, automatic luggage compartment lid,Electronic Stabilisation Control (ESC) which includes Traction Control (ASR), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Electronic Differential Lock (EDL) and Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and a total of 6 airbags.
Available in five colour choices including Glacier White, Floret Silver, Utopia Blue, Tundra Brown and Brilliant Black, the refreshed Audi Q3 is now on sale at all authorised Audi dealerships from today onwards.
The retail price for both variants are as below;
- Audi Q3 1.4 TFSI – RM 217,900
- Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro – RM 252,900
For more info, visit www.audi.com.my.