Official: 2015 Audi RS Q3

The Los Angeles Auto Show 2014 is beginning to hot up! Audi have just unveiled a fresh set of updates for the Audi Q3 and Audi RS Q3. Not quite the headline of their new releases, but still a tasty example of their popular luxury crossover. The Audi RS Q3 follows in the footsteps of its bigger brother with a diesel engine nestled beneath the bonnet!

The Audi Q3 gets styling enhancements inside and out, the Audi Q3 gets a new 3D effect Singleframe grille, revised bumpers and a new look alloy wheel. Audi drive select now comes as standard. This adaptive dynamics system allows adjustments to key control systems including the optional damper control system.

Under the bonnet, two TDI clean diesel and three TFSI engines power the model range. The Q3 now boasts not just higher power outputs and improved fuel economy, but also CO2 reductions of as much as 17 per cent and compliance with EU6 emissions regulations. The most important addition is the 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine with Cylinder-on-Demand technology. It gets 150 hp and the option of either manual or S tronic twin-clutch automatic transmission.

The 1.4 lire TFSI is exclusively front-wheel-driven and manages a 0-62mph sprint time of 8.9 seconds and an economy figure of 50.4 mpg. Next in the range is the 2.0-litre TFSI unit with 180 hp, again available with either manual or S tronic transmission and quattro all-wheel-drive. The final petrol unit is the 2.5-litre five-cylinder TFSI fitted to the RS Q3. It gets 30 hp more with 340 hp total. Sprint time drops from 5.2 to 4.8 seconds. Economy increases up to 32.8 mpg.

The RS Q3 gets an RS exhaust system with a switchable flap adds. The standard seven‑speed S tronic transmission also features a new hydraulic multi‑plate clutchfor even faster gear changes. RS sports suspension is standard, and can be supplemented by optional electronically controlled damping adjustable via Audi drive select.

Diesel units include two four-cylinder TDI’s with outputs of 150 hp and 184 hp. The lower power unit in SE trim gets an impressive 61.4 mpg rating and emissions of just 119g/km thanks to 17 inch wheels. The comparable S line version with 18-inch alloy wheels comes in at 60.1mpg and 122g/km. Both record 0-62mph times that are 0.3 seconds quicker than their predecessor at 9.6 seconds. Manual or S tronic transmissions are available, as are front wheels drive and quattro systems, the higher powered version receiving only the later.

Official: 2015 Audi Q3

In the front, sports seats are fitted with four-way electric lumbar support, new to SE versions and also standard for S line and S line plus models. A new three-spoke multifunction steering wheel and powered tailgate operation for S line models adds extra desirability. The S line upgrade also includes cloth and leather combination upholstery for the sports seats and the option to specify S line sports suspension in place of the standard set-up at no cost.

Traditional Audi specifications are available including SE, S line or top flight S line plus specification. Full body-colour paint finishes are now available on all models. SE versions also get xenon bulbs and LED daytime running lights as standard. The rear also has a reworked LED taillight. S line and S line plus versions upgrade to all-weather LED’s and dynamic ‘scrolling’ rear indicators.

The new Q3 range will be available to order this month with the first deliveries in spring 2015. The updated Audi RS Q3 will be available to order from January 2015 with first deliveries expected next spring.

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