2016 Audi Q3 Side View2016 Audi Q3 crossover is on sale now! Opportunity for buying it will have the customers living in the United States. The compact SUV has received many updates but the most significant ones are in terms of exterior. For instance, the entire front-end design of the car has been changed via new front lights and grill and optional LED headlights and dynamic rear turn signals on the Prestige trim.

Exterior

The bumper, side sills and rear lights are also new to the Q3's design. In addition, Audi is now making the 18-inch five-arm turbine wheels a standard feature, while the 19-inch five-double-spoke Offroad wheels are kept as an option.

There are new exterior paint schemes including Hainan Blue, Utopia Blue, Misano Red and Cuvee Silver. Adding to the standard features are the front and rear parking sensors with a rearview camera.

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In addition, the signature, wedge-shaped headlights house xenon plus lighting and LED daytime running lights are now combined with LED taillights. The good news is that all of this comes as a no cost option.

Interior

The interior of the car has been kept as spacious and comfortable as in the previous generation. This means that it retains the elegant design, and more importantly has been made even better.  It now boasts Alu-optic MMI controls, a new cargo cover and for the cargo area that offers a luggage capacity of 16.2 cu ft.

As a standard the Q3 will also get LED interior lighting for the doors, foot wells, vanity mirrors, storage compartments and the air vent thumb wheels. There are even LED light guides that highlight the cup holders! BOSE Surround Sound system comes of course as an option.

In terms of safety for the occupants, Audi took good car by applying two front airbags, thorax-pelvis side airbags in the backs of the front seats and side curtain head airbags. Safety belt pretensioners up front, belt force limiters and head restraint system are also present.

Powertrain

The new generation Audi Q3 will be powered by the 2.0-liter TFSI engine connected to a six-speed Tiptronic transmission. It produces 200 horsepower (147 kW) and 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) of optimum torque. Its fuel efficiency is rated at 20/29/23 mpg City/Highway/Combined.

The other engine option is the 2.0 T Quattro that goes along with the six-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission with quattro all-wheel drive. It shows the same output numbers and efficiency figures.

Pricing

2016 Audi Q3 will be offered in four trim levels: Premium Plus, FWD; Premium Plus, quattro; Prestige, FWD and the range topping Prestige, quattro. Pricing begins at $33,700USD for the first trim up to $40,700USD for the last.

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Source: Audi