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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: April 13, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    Audi Q3 revealed

    Michael McAleer

    Audi has finally released the first images of the new Q3 SUV, which is making its debut at the Shanghai Motor Show.

    Audi Q3: Prices likely to start at €33,000

    The new Q3 is set to go on sale here in Ireland before the end of the year, with a price tag of around €33,000.

    The new Q3 sits on the same platform as the Volkswagen Tiguan and is quite light for an SUV, with the basic version weighing less than 1,500kg thanks to the use of aluminium on the bonnet and tailgate.

    Q3: Similar dimensions to Volkswagen Tiguan with which it shares a platform.

    There will be four different engines offered on the Q3 initially. The petrol units are a 170hp 2.0-litre turbo with either front- or four-wheel drive, and a 211hp version with four-wheel drive.

    The first diesel to be offered will be a 177hp unit, but this will be followed by the engine which will make up the majority of sales in Ireland, the 2.0-litre TDi with 140hp. The front-wheel drive 140hp diesel will return 5.2 l/100km.

    The Q3 is comparible in size to the Tiguan, with similar dimensions and 460 litres of luggage space, which can expand out to 1,365 litres.

    Prices and specification for the Q3 for Ireland will be released at a later date.

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