Johannesburg - Audi South Africa has released pricing for its second-generation Q3 compact SUV ahead of its local launch in late August.
Not only does it boast a more striking design inspired by the Q8, but it’s also all change beneath the skin - whereas its predecessor was based on the VW Golf 5 architecture, the new Q3 shifts onto the group’s MQB platform.
The newcomer is bigger too, gaining 97mm in length, with 77mm of that going into the wheelbase for increased legroom, while the width increases by 25mm, and overall height has been reduced by 5mm. It’s more versatile too, thanks to a sliding rear seat that allows boot space to vary between 530 and 675 litres, depending on its position.
Local pricing starts at R565 000, and the local website currently lists only one engine option in the form of Audi’s 1.4-litre turbopetrol, badged 35 TFSI and with outputs of 110kW and 250Nm. Power goes to the front wheels through a standard seven-speed S Tronic dual clutch gearbox and Audi claims a zero to 100km/h time of 8.9 seconds.
In addition to the standard base specification, Audi is offering Advanced and S Line trim grades.