CARandDRIVER reports that Audi is preparing to bring the current entry-level crossover, the Q3, to North America in a year or two. The Q3 was first introduced for Europe and Asia and when the Q3 undergoes a midcycle refresh, it will begin selling at your local Audi dealer.
This change in decision comes after the Ingolstadt-automaker recently decided to take up the slack in the subcompact crossover department, currently occupied by the BMW X1 and soon to be, the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.
As of now, the current Q3 doesn’t meet our federal standards and will have to be modified in various ways to be road worthy in this country. Those also wondering about the high-performance RS Q3, that’s on the docket as well.
Power for the RS Q3 comes from a 2.5L turbocharged straight-five rated at 310hp, which is less than the same engine’s application in the TT RS or the current RS3. Power is channeled through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic through Audi’s patented Quattro all-wheel drive system. 0-62 happens in just 5.2 seconds for a top run of 155 mph.