• Aug 12, 2010
Audi Q3 spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Our Peeping Tom spy photographers normally catch prototypes while they're out and about on the street, but sometimes they catch a peek inside automakers' development studios from the street, snagging shots of test mules before their tires even touch the ground. This is one such case, and though these photos aren't clear as day, it's no secret that Audi's new Q3 crossover, based on the Volkswagen Tiguan, is what's being prepped behind closed doors (but not behind closed blinds).

We've known that Audi would be creating a CUV smaller than the Q5 for quite some time now, and while the baby soft-roader relies heavily on Tiguan underpinnings, we're sure that the quad-rung crossover will be much more shapely. Here, we see the sloping roofline and more rakish hatch, giving the Q3 a sportier stance than its VW-badged kin. Set to compete head-on with the BMW X1, the Q3 should make its debut sometime in 2011 with the first production models hitting dealers later that year. Take a close look at these spy shots for yourself in the gallery below.



[Source: CarPix]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Hope you didn't have to pay too much to get these photos.
      • 4 Years Ago
      can i please just get a decent selection of diesel wagons? kthxbye
      • 4 Years Ago
      As nice as it is, the Tiguan is tiny and doesn't offer great value. An Audi badge will only make that a worse proposition.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed; a moderately equipped Tiguan with AWD is $30K, and has very little space/utility to offer. Can't imagine this will be any cheaper than $35K, topping out around $40K. The Q5 should have been the smallest CUV Audi built.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @PTM "Can't imagine this will be any cheaper than $35K" yeah, because audi would totally sell the Q3 for Q5 money to start. erm. no.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Q5 is a beautifully designed car and is a blast to drive, but it's HELLA overpriced and I expect no less from the Q3.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Q5 with the 2.0l turbo 4 gets better fuel economy (20/27 EPA) than the Tiguan 4Motion with the same engine (20/25 EPA) because it has an 8-speed DSG instead of 6-speed. A Q3 will surely have to use the same transmission to do at least as well as the Q5, but that drives up the cost.

      I don't mind the Q3's size--some people don't like buying a bigger vehicle than they need, and people without kids usually need either the back seat or cargo room, but rarely both at the same time. And a Q3 would fit inside my 60-year-old garage more easily. But it needs to be priced sufficiently lower than the Q5 and be no more--and preferably less--expensive to operate.
      kma
      • 4 Years Ago
      i agree with most of the other posters......so an upward of 30k (almost certainly) small suv is big news? who cares? there's already way too many of them. and they almost all look the same.

      as far as the pics, can't believe they were even featured.....really don't show anything. that could be a kia sorrento under there...what a waste of my mouse click.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Mfgrs will continue to produce xUVs as long as the consumer buys them. And the consumer (majority) does not appear to want much of anything else. I would not consider any of these 'things', but if Audi can find enough suckers, more power to them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So this would, basically, be jacked-up A3 wagon (i always thought that SportBack is slimy euphemism) and competitor to Mini Countryman?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Milos - no. the a3 is a competitor to the countryman. it's been out for a while now. it's also a good deal quicker and i'm waiting to see how much cheaper when mini reveals the actual pricing for the countryman.
        • 4 Years Ago
        A3 can't be a competition to Countryman since it's CUV (at least in name and intention) and a3 is hatchback. more natural competition to A3 would be Clubman
        • 4 Years Ago
        i agree that there's no significant difference in size between A3 and Countryman, but still you must admit that mini Countryman is much more CUV (shape, ride height) than A3 which is hatchback, especially non-Sportback version. Q3 would be CUV and therefore natural, in same category, competitor to Countryman. Engines, ride quality, roominess aside, Countryman is CUV and A3 is hatchback and they will be competitors only to customers which have not firmly decided which class of cars would like to purchase. And in my experience, it's much more easier to switch buyer from one maker's car to another maker's car in same class, than to move from one class of cars to another, no matter how smart and logical such move would be
        • 4 Years Ago
        "A3 can't be a competition to Countryman since it's CUV (at least in name and intention)"

        um. a3's longer, like an inch or two shorter, has the same wheel base, more power, more roominside. i don't care what bmw's marketing people say to justify gouging people up to 40k, it's the same size as the a3, it's slower, it has less room inside, the a3 will have no issues competing with it, and will most likely be cheaper option for option.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Audi folks keep pushing that copy machine to its downsizing limits.... Q3? That's about 60% of the Q7.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Hahahah, sitting in the office by the copier right now that imagery is hilarious.

        It's so true though, at first I thought "OOH! I wonder what it looks like under that camo!!" and then I realized "oh, yeah, it's going to look like every other Audi." Luckily I happen to love every other Audi, but still I oppose this in principle.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wasn't the Q5 based on the Tiguan? I don't see the point of this. What's next, a Q1?

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