By on January 18, 2011

Audi might show its SUV for Lilliputians, the Q3, at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September for a launch later in the year. At least that’s what the buzz in Europe is.

The rumor mill guesses that the Q3 will be based on the Volkswagen Tiguan platform. It should look something like the Audi Cross Coupe Quattro Concept, first shown way back in Shanghai in 2007.

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8 Comments on “Audi Q3 To Be Launched In Fall?...”


  • avatar
    colin42

    Wasn’t the Q5 based on the Tiguan?

    I don’t understand the purpose of a Q3 over a Q5 or an X1 over an X3. But then again i don’t understand the purpose of any of them over a A4 Avant or 3 Series touring!

  • avatar
    fredtal

    To me the Q3 looks like an A3 jacked up in the air.  I don’t get it.

    • 0 avatar
      werewolf34

      It’s the higher riding position that sells. The female demographic is the target so the shorter, taller CUV/SAV sells well for the urban female who occasionally goes to the ski resort.
      Stop by an Audi dealer and watch the activity around the Q5 and you’ll get it

    • 0 avatar
      MikeInCanada

      I have to agree – my wife and I were looking at Hyundai’s this past weekend and drove both sedan’s and CUV’s.  When I pointed out that the CUV (I forgot the name) was practically the same on the inside she just looked at me like I was idiot.

      “Of course it’s (the CUV) is bigger – it’s so much taller…”  Can’t argue with that one.

  • avatar
    Jeff Waingrow

    colin 42 & fredtal:  Exactly!

  • avatar
    Wunsch

    My understanding is that the Q5 is an A4/A5 on stilts.  The Q3 is an A3 on stilts, so this is the one that shares the Tiguan platform, not the Q5.

    • 0 avatar
      Davekaybsc

      Correct. Any Audi that offers the longitudinal mount 3.2 V6 and has real Torsen Quattro is on a dedicated Audi platform. Transverse 2.0T cars with Haldex AWD are VW based. The discontinued 3.2 TT and A3 don’t count, that was the VW VR32, not an Audi engine.
       
      As for who wants an X1 or a Q3, I don’t know. The Q5 3.2 isn’t that expensive, and it’s not that big either.
       
       

  • avatar
    johnxyz

    It’s the higher riding position that sells. The female demographic is the target so the shorter, taller CUV/SAV sells well for the urban female who occasionally goes to the ski resort.
    Stop by an Audi dealer and watch the activity around the Q5 and you’ll get it

    werewolf called it – I happened to be in an Audi showroom and the displayed Q5 had a supernatural magnetic force attraction on young (wealthy) moms there!


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