PART TWO: 2016 Audi S Q3 Rendering – Future 4.9-second Sport Compact Crossover



 2016 Audi S Q3

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PART TWO…

Mercedes-Benz seems relatively confident with the GLA45 AMG as the one engine upgrade to the GLA250 series, and the GLA45 AMG will make its way well past $55,000 with a few options packages.

So what is the Audi of America counter-strategy?

Not the full-blown RS Q3, but a car with nearly all the affordable performance and speed enhancements, but with the S Q3 label instead. This is a great alternative. Simply boosting the power levels of the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine in the top Q3 and adding standard quattro AWD will work wonders for the Q3 – comfortably dropping sprint to 60-mph times from 5.7-seconds for the Q3 2.0T down to about 4.8 – 5.0-seconds for the S Q3.

This compares very favorably with the GLA45 AMG’s 4.8-second sprint – especially on the 5-50-mph rollout version of the test. This makes the GLA45 AMG’s launch control much less helpful, and ups its time by at least half a second. So there will be parity among the USA Audi S Q3 and the AMG mini-crossover.

What is the third leg of the the competitive landscape for German premium compact SUVs? The BMW X1, of course!

The X1 is the best-handling of the group and also gets really pricey in the sDrive35i and xDrives5i M Sport trims. Base pricing barely stays in the $40,000 range and most cars will go out the door with pricing of about $55,000.

So, it is all about the money — as ever.

And there is no question – these compact SUVs are not strong value versus their sedan or mid-size SUV brethren. But they can command more from shoppers wallets, as long as the base pricing is relatively friendly.

So there you have it. Audi S Q3. February 2015 expected US debut.

 

Alternatively — if you are comfortable with the Q3 2.0T’s sprint pace of mid-5’s — a darker wheel finish works wonders for the style of the 2015 Q3, which is arriving in the USA in August of 2014. Aka, next month!

 

2015 AUDI Q3

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2015 AUDI Q3 with dark wheels

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2016 Audi S Q3 Rendering

  • Light grille

Car-Revs-Daily.com Exclusive Rendering - 2016 AUDI S Q3 4

  • Dark grille

Car-Revs-Daily.com Exclusive Rendering - 2016 AUDI S Q3 3

 

2015 Audi RS Q3

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