With its new model, Audi has its first true compact crossover. Slightly larger but also lower than the classic Q3, the new Q3 Sportback will be offered in 11 different colors. The Audi Q3 Sportback will be making a debut in 2020 in both gasoline (230 hp) and diesel (150 and 190 hm) variants, all with an ‘S tronic’ 7-speed gearbox. In line with the latest releases from the brand, the Audi Q3 Sportback also integrates a 48-volt mild hybrid system which, besides increasing driving comfort, can reduce fuel consumption by up to 0.4l/100 km. The crossover offers six different driving profiles which take into account engine and transmission set-up as well as adjusting shock absorption and steering assistance.
Inside the car, the driver and passengers will be able to use the MMI Navigation Plus system and all the online services of Audi Connect. As an option, the Audi Connect pack offers additional navigation and infotainment compatible with Amazon’s Alexa smart assistant for voice commands. In terms of driving assistance, the Audi Q3 Sportback has adaptive cruise control and a lane change warning system integrated with an electronic stability program. For its launch, Audi plans to issue “Edition One” models with special “dew silver” and “mythos black” paint finishes.
The Audi Q3 Sportback will be competing squarely with the BMW X2, the current apex in India’s hatchback league. Everything about the interior is identical to the standard Q3 until you get to the back seat. While the three-across rear seat reclines and can be moved fore and aft, headroom in the Sportback looks noticeably tighter, although Audi doesn’t give specific figures.
Surprisingly, the Sportback actually offers the same 19 cubic feet of cargo space as the standard Q3 when the rear seats are up, but with them folded the Sportback’s cargo hold is 5 cubic feet smaller. Audi hasn’t made an official comment on its pricing as yet, but considering the standard Q3 is priced at Rs 34 lakh onwards, we’d expect this to slate in at around 40.
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