Audi always seems to stiff us with new models that come out across the Atlantic. We get teased day in and day with models like the Audi A3 and the Audi Q3. Well, Audi is now saying that it is considering bringing the Q3 to the United States.
When? Audi president Johan de Nysschen said that the move could happen in three years after a midlife freshening.
“We have to look at the economic feasibility, and it has to hit targets,” he said. “We have to overcome certain challenges.”
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A big obstacle in brining the Q3 to the United States is pricing, de Nysschen said that it most be low enough to attract customers but high enough to make a profit.
Audi’s head of sales and marketing Peter Schwarzenbauer said there is likely a market for the Q3 in the United States. “I think the U.S. is ready for a car below the Q5.”
Refresher: The 2012 Audi Q3 is on sale in Germany later year with three different 4-cylinder engines including one TDI diesel and two TFSI gasoline units. All three engines using direct-injection with turbocharging along with an energy recovery system and a start-stop system. Output for the engines range from 140-hp from the Q3 2.0 TDI to 211-hp for the top-of-the-line Q3 2.0 TFSI. While the diesel will come coupled with a front-wheel-drive system and a 6-speed manual, the two TFSI variants will get quattro all-wheel-drive and a 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission. No plans have been announced to bring the Audi Q3 to the United States.
– By: Omar Rana