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Audi to build 3-door SUV

2006-09-19 13:57

Q3 to complete Audi's SUV line-up - COPYRIGHT: Wayne Batty (ARTIST) / Wheels24

The small Q3 will take on soft-roaders such as the Land Rover Freelander and Toyota RAV4.

Audi will position the Q3 as an independent model range and not as a 3-door version of the Q5.

In fact it seems as if it won't get any Q5 genes and will rather share its underpinnings with that of VW's forthcoming Golf-based SUV.

According to the Septembter edition of topCar the Q3 will feature transverse engines and a choice of front- or all-wheel drive.

It will also come with VW's 4MOTION all-wheel-drive setup.

As with SUVs such as the BMW X3, the Q3 will be aimed at offering excellent road holding and driving dynamics on tarmac.

Naturally the Q3 will feature a potent engine line-up and will come with a range of new petrol units using VW's TSI system, employing a supercharger and turbocharger. Of course Audi will offer TDI derivatives too.

Rumour has it that there might even be a red-hot "S" version with a power output of 209 kW.

Where the five-door Q5 model will go on sale in 2008, the Q3 will probably only follow in 2009.


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