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2015 Audi Q3 and RS Q3 Unveiled

Snapshot: The 2015 Q3 facelift boasts an even sharper new look, more equipment and a more efficient EU6-compliant engine range.

Audi has revealed the all-new Q3 SUV and its performance based variant RS Q3 ahead of its official world premiere at the 2014 Los Angeles Motor Show. The 2015 Q3 facelift boasts an even sharper new look, more equipment and a more efficient EU6-compliant engine range. The entry-level crossover is priced in bracket of £25,340-£30,820, which in Indian currency is around Rs. 24.67-30.00 Lakhs. The deliveries for the Q3 and RS Q3 are expected to commence by January 2015.

The revised headlights now feature xenon bulbs and LED daytime running lights as standard in SE versions, and these are complemented at the rear by reworked LED tail lights. S line and S line plus specification levels upgrade to all-weather LED headlights and dynamic ‘scrolling’ rear indicators which illuminate sequentially within two-tenths of a second from the inside out in the direction the driver intends to turn. Under the skin, the two TDI clean diesel and three TFSI engines at the heart of the first wave of new Q3 models not only boast higher power outputs and improved fuel economy, but also CO2 reductions of as much as 17 per cent and compliance with EU6 emissions regulations.

A new star in this line-up is the 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine with Cylinder-on-Demand technology which appeared first in the A1 and A3 ranges and makes its Q3 debut here. With 148 bhp and the option of either manual or S tronic twin-clutch automatic transmission, it gives the exclusively front-wheel-driven Q3 1.4 TFSI a 0-100kmph sprint time of as little as 8.9 seconds (S tronic) and yet also enables it to return up to 17.84kmpl (manual) based on the combined cycle test. Above it in the petrol line-up is a 2.0-litre TFSI unit with power increased from 168 bhp in the outgoing Q3 to 178 bhp, which can be linked to either manual or S tronic transmission and is allied to quattro all-wheel-drive without exception. The third petrol unit – a sonorous 2.5-litre five-cylinder TFSI - is reserved for the RS Q3, and its 29.6 bhp power upgrade to 335 bhp helps to drop its sprint time from 5.2 to 4.8 seconds. Economy nevertheless remains impressive considering the performance potential - up to 11.61kmpl is achievable according to the official tests.

Forming the diesel contingent are two four-cylinder TDIs with outputs of 148 bhp, up from 138 bhp in the equivalent previous generation Q3, and 181.5 bhp, up from 174.6 bhp. The 2.0-litre TDI SE with 148 bhp, manual transmission and 17-inch alloy wheels is the efficiency standard bearer in the TDI camp. It benefits from a boost of over 2.48 kmpl compared with the outgoing 138 bhp unit and shaves 18g/km from its CO2 total to give economy potential of up to 21.74 kmpl and emissions of just 119g/km. The comparable S line version with its 18-inch alloy wheels is only just behind at 21.28 kmpl and 122g/km, and both also record 0-100 kmph times that are 0.3 seconds quicker than their predecessor at 9.6 seconds. The 2.0-litre 148 bhp TDI engine can work with either manual or S tronic transmission and can channel its output through either the front wheels only or through all four with the help of the quattro system. The 181.5 bhp version also offers two transmission options, but deploys its heightened power and torque solely via quattro drive.

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