Audi took advantage of the end of 2019 to present some news that will be in our market by 2020. The most important, no doubt, is the new Audi Q3, the second generation SUV that arrived in Brazil with a difficult mission to replace its predecessor, which was produced here and is a bestseller. This will be the first release this year.
The big news is that it's now on the Volkswagen group MQB platform. As a result, it grew 9.7 cm in length, and 7.8 cm was between the axles, now 2.68 m. This has greatly expanded interior space, a key point in the segment that will soon have the introduction of the new Mercedes-Benz GLA, one of the most iconic rivals. Inside, it's impossible not to remember a bigger brother, Q8, because many elements of the most luxurious Audi models are in Q3. Among them, digital dashboards and multimedia centers with new software.
Back in space, the trunk now has 530 liters, or 174 liters more than before. The evolution in modularity follows technology, because the new Q3 gets items such as adaptive autopilot, lane assistants, automatic parking systems, and pedestrian detector automatic braking assistants.
The engine will be 150 hp 1.4 TSI which is connected with a 6-speed S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox. Although not in the brand catalog in Europe, 1.4 TSI will be in Q3 to supply the Latin American market. Your fuel is only gasoline.
The Audi Q3 arrived on the Brazilian market in February 2020. The brand has not yet talked about package versions, but the starting price will be $ 179,990, with three versions, with total imports from Hungary. But your life will not be lonely, because Mercedes-Benz has promised a new generation of GLA in the first half of 2020 and is also loaded with technologies such as MBUX and new platforms.
We will have our first contact with the new Audi Q3 this Monday and will bring first impressions this week while driving. Stay here at Motor1.com.