The new Audi Q3 looks much sportier than its predecessor. Taut surfaces and sharp edges radiate power and high quality, and the high front exudes masculinity. As with all new Audi SUV models, the wide Singleframe has an octagonal design. It is surrounded by a sturdy frame and supported by eight upright rods. The horizontal slats are recessed and painted black. The trapezoidal outer air inlets are a key factor in the intensive interplay between light and shade. The same applies to the horizontal line that runs below the headlights across the front, also giving the Singleframe an edge.
The exterior design of the compact family SUV is enticingly balanced: all lines are logically interrelated. The side view epitomizes this with the symmetrical lighting graphics of the headlights and rear lights. The shoulder line connects them from a styling perspective and provides an athletic overall impression with strong muscles over the wheel arches. Its contours draw their inspiration from Audi’s quattro DNA and make the SUV seem even wider; the color-contrasting wheel arch trims emphasize the offroad look. The low roof line ends in strong, evenly raked D pillars that give the Audi Q3 forward thrust even when stationary. A long roof-edge spoiler that also flanks the rear window at the side enhances this impression.
Like the front, the sculpted rear is divided into two zones by a horizontal line. The L-shaped rear lights are situated in the upper section. With its four ribs, the diffuser insert, which rounds off the rear at the bottom, interprets the look of the Singleframe and integrates the tailpipe design trim.
LED technology as standard: the headlights
The flat headlights of the compact SUV taper inwards, and they form jagged angles on the outer edge. In the optional headlight variants, the daytime running lights trace a contour here that consists of one long segment and two short segments, producing a three-dimensional effect. Audi supplies the headlights in three different versions: LED headlights are fitted in the new Q3 series. As an option, there are the full LED headlights with functions such as highway beam and turning light, which stem from relocation of the low beam. The rear lights are also designed with LED technology here: the turn signal operates dynamically. In the matrix LED headlights, the top-of-the-range version, nine LEDs generate the low beam and ten more generate the high beam. It illuminates the road precisely and dynamically. If the front camera detects other road users, the system selectively hides them, but the areas between and next to them remain fully lit up. In addition, the top headlights integrate the front and rear dynamic turn signal.
From discreet to sporty: Colors and equipment
A total of eleven colors are available for the Audi Q3, including the new chronos gray and pulse orange paint finishes. Color-contrasting add-on parts accentuate the SUV look even more. The basic equipment includes bumpers, wheel-arch trims and sill side trims made of black grained plastic. If the customer chooses the optional advanced exterior line, these elements are painted in a contrasting color. The black grid of the Singleframe makes the radiator grill look even stronger, while silver elements catch the eye at the front and rear.
18-inch aluminum wheels with 235/55 tires replace the basic 215/65 R17 tires. The S line equipment includes the add-on parts in the color of the vehicle and dark gray; air inlets and sill trims – the latter with inserts – are contoured even more strikingly. In addition, the package contains a sport suspension and 18-inch wheels.
*Fuel consumption and CO2 emission figures given in ranges depend on the tires/wheels used.
All terms marked in the text are explained in detail in the technology lexicon at www.audi-mediacenter.com/en/technology-lexicon.
The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.