Muscat – Audi Oman has announced that its new compact SUV, the Audi Q3, has arrived in the Sultanate. Following the success of the company’s Q5 and Q7 SUV models, which made up a high percentage of total Oman sales in the first four months of 2012, Audi Oman is confident about a highly positive customer response to its first premium SUV in the compact segment.
Abdel Karim Awwad, National Sales Manager of Audi Oman said: “The demand for both the Audi Q5 and Q7 remains very strong even though the new generations are expected only in 2013 and early 2015 respectively. We are positive that the new Audi Q3 will fare equally as well.”
The Q3 is immediately recognizable as the youngest member of the ever growing Audi family. Every aspect of the Q3 showcases Audi technology – the body, the drivetrain, the chassis and the assistance and multimedia systems. The coupe-like lines are an expression of its sporty character. Sharp edges frame elegantly arched sheet metal surfaces, and distinctive lights xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights accentuate the front and rear.
The compact SUV is 4.39 meters long, 1.83 meters wide and 1.59 meters high. Weighing only 1,630 kilograms (base version) but with a highly rigid and safe occupant cell, Audi has once again demonstrated its competence in “ultra” lightweight construction.
“Earlier this year the Audi Q3 received five stars – the highest possible score – for passive crash safety by the European consumer protection initiative Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program),” added Mr Awwad.
The Audi Q3 offers ample room for all five passengers and sets new standards for ergonomics, workmanship as well as countless possibilities for customers to express their own personal style. The luggage compartment of the compact SUV has a capacity of 460 liters, which can be increased to 1,365 liters. Many useful options, including a pass-through hatch, make the Q3 even more versatile and convenient in everyday use.
The Audi Q3 comes with a generously long list of standard equipment, including 17 inch alloy wheels, the concert audio system as well as ISOFIX child seat mounting. Audi also offers a choice of optional equipment taken directly from the luxury class, including the adaptive light system, the high-beam assistant, the panoramic glass roof and the comfort key. For the Oman market, the standard settings also include heat insulating glass and a deluxe automatic air-conditioning that considers the position of the sun and humidity levels.
The range of driver assistance systems redefines the compact SUV class. The park assist system maneuvers the vehicle into tight parking spots almost autonomously; Audi side assist employs radar to help change lanes. Audi also offers a comprehensive range of infotainment components. Topping the range of options is the hard-drive navigation system MMI navigation plus, which displays high-resolution 3D graphics on a fold-out 7.0-inch colour monitor. The Bose surround sound system delivers 465 watts of power to 14 speakers. Coming soon is the Bluetooth online car phone paired with a WLAN hotspot to provide the Q3 with Internet connectivity.
The Audi Q3 is being launched with two four-cylinder 2.0 TFSI engines, which combine direct injection with turbocharging and feature an energy recovery system. With power outputs of 170 hp and 211 hp, these engines are as efficient as they are powerful. For the 170 hp and 211 hp version respectively, the engines deliver a constant 280 and 300 Nm of torque and accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.8 and 6.9 seconds on their way to a top speed of 212 and 230 km/h. Fuel consumption is just 7.7 liters per 100 km on average, which corresponds to CO2 emissions of 179 grams per km. Audi combines both engines with quattro all-wheel drive and a fast-shifting dual-clutch seven-speed S tronic transmission.
The Audi Q3 rolls off the assembly line in Martorell near Barcelona in Spain.