RS model hots up the new Audi Q3 Sportback line-up
Pictured in green is the all-new Audi RSQ3 Sportback – the sporting version of Q3 Sportback – a new model that promises to deliver both the strengths of an SUV and the attractive looks of a coupe.
The sporty RSQ3 gets five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine producing 394bhp – enough to propel it from 0-62mph in just 4.5 seconds. De-restricted, it’ll hit 174mph. These stats make it a direct rival for the upcoming BMW X4M.
Fancy a more sedate version? Read on for all you need to know about the less potent models.
Combining high-riding presence and versatility with sleek curves and sharp handling, the new Audi compact crossover will be offered in a choice of Sport, S line, Edition 1 and top tier Vorsprung trim lines, and will arrive in the autumn.
16mm longer, 49mm lower and 6mm slimmer than the regular Audi Q3, the Sportback also adds a large roof spoiler, unique bumpers and black styling pack on higher trim models to help differentiate the model.
Step inside and the interior more accurately resembles the Q3. Its focal point remains the two-level instrument panel including the new 10.1in high-resolution MMI touch display, as well as the 10.25in Audi virtual cockpit in the instrument binnacle. Both feature as standard with an upgrade to a 12.3in customisable digital Virtual Cockpit display optional.
The Audi connect portfolio is offered on a three-year subscription basis as standard too. This provides its services in virtually all European countries via a SIM card which is permanently installed in the vehicle including the high-resolution satellite images of Google Earth, traffic information online, point-of-interest search as well as information on parking spaces and filling stations.
The rear seats can be moved up to 130mm backward, with the backrests divided into three sections. 530-litres of luggage can be placed in the boot, with this extending to 1,400 with the rear seats folded.
In the first launch phase, two engines will power the new Audi Q3 Sportback in the UK. The 2.0 TDI provides 148hp in the Q3 Sportback 35 TDI, while the 2.0 TFSI in the Q3 Sportback 45 TFSI quattro offers 228hp.
Soon after launch a 188hp version of the 2.0 TDI will join the range, matched with quattro drive and badged as the Q3 Sportback 40 TDI quattro.
A mild-hybrid drivetrain (MHEV) which uses a 48V onboard electrical system will also be available soon after launch. The 35 TFSI offers 148hp and is aided by cylinder-on-demand technology, which at low and medium loads deactivates the second and third cylinders to reduce consumption. It is mated to a belt-starter-generator and enables prolonged engine-off coasting at speeds of between 24mph and 99mph.
Lease deals are not available yet, while performance and fuel efficiency figures will also be revealed at a later date.