After Audi chose the production facility for the new Q3 SUV, people got hard at work trying to figure out what the Q3 will actually look like. Audi described it as “A coupe-like five-door SUV with seat positions, wheel size, and ground clearance characteristic of a typical SUV.”
The image Audi gave us press folks showed the Cross Coupe Quattro Concept from 2007, which is what the Q3 will be based on.
Theophilus Chin, automotive Photoshop guru extraordinaire, rendered these images of the Q3 based on the Cross Coupe Quattro Concept.
Audi just chose a production site for the upcoming Q3 crossover – the SEAT facility in Martorell, Spain. Manufacturing should being in 2011 with a production capability of 80,000 units/year. Audi threw around €300 million into this, and chose the site after careful consideration of other facilities internationally.
The Q3 will be a small SUV, coming in just below the Q5. They’re calling it “coupe-like,” with 5 doors and other characteristics similar to an SUV, but with a “supremely sporty driving experience.” One has to wonder with SUVs getting smaller and smaller, at what point are we going to reach the size where calling it an SUV and not a wagon (or “Avant,”) is inaccurate?
Market launch of the Q3 is set for 2011.
Audi (and parent company VW) are launching their initiative to get diesel into the American mainstream again. With hybrid-level efficiency and plenty of power on tap, we Americans need to start learning from the Europeans and looking at getting a diesel-powered car on our next purchase.
So here we have a large Audi SUV that runs on a 225 horsepower 3.0-liter TDI V6 which pushes out an exceptional 406 lbft of torque available at a mere 1750 RPMs – a direct side effect from diesel-powered engines. The Q7 TDI will get a 6-speed Tiptronic transmission paired to a quattro AWD drivetrain.
For those who don’t know, TDI stands for “Turbocharged Direct Injection,” which is simply VW’s term for their modern turbocharged diesel engines. The benefits of driving a diesel are many, but it hasn’t really caught on in the States yet, but with our recent gas price spike, people might start thinking more about the future and buy diesel. The problem is that currently, diesel fuel is more expensive than standard petrol, which cancels out the advantage of better fuel efficiency.
But now, diesel prices are falling again (although very slowly,) and hopefully people will start seeing the upsides again. Modern diesel engines are significantly better than the black smoke-spitting engines of yore. Not only do they provide better fuel economy, but it burns cleaner and emits fewer emissions, and provides exceptional power and torque compared to their gasoline-burning siblings.
Here’s one man looking forward to seeing many “TDI” badges roaming our streets.
More pictures of the Audi Q7 TDI below:
German Tuner Abt Sportsline’s latest project included the new Q5 Crossover SUV. While this isn’t the first vehicle I would have thought of them doing, it turned out pretty cool.
On the outside, Abt modified the Q5 very tastefully, giving it a front spoiler and prominent front grill, fender extensions, and door trims. They modified many details all-around, ending at the rear with a rear wing, rear apron, and an Abt exhaust with four tailpipes. 22-inch BR alloy wheels are optional, but look particularly good with this Q5. In the interior, the extent of the additions are carbon leather inserts.
Abt also gives the Q5 extra power for each trim level. The 2.0 TDI goes from 170 horsepower to 190. The 3.0 TDI engine gets 310 horsepower, and the 2.0 TSI gets 240 hp, up from 211. Abt will be upgrading the 2.0 TSI to 275 hp soon. The tuned Q5 also receives an upgraded suspension to lower center of gravity, and an upgraded braking system.
More pictures below: