One of the major changes that made to the Audi SQ5 to get it ready for the US market was a ride height that was lifted by 1.2 inches compared to its European counterparts. The small increase allowed the SQ5 to retain its "light truck" classification of the Q5 for emissions regulations. In a similar move, Car and Driver is reporting that the Audi Q3 crossover will also be joining the Audi lineup in the US once it receives a facelift and taller ride height.

Expect this facelift to fit in with other recent product updates including the Q5, which mainly focused on a cleaner, more upscale front end and the company's signature LED running lights. The report says that Audi could bring the Q3 Stateside "within a year or two," and it also says that a souped-up RS Q3 will follow close behind. This performance version of the compact crossover gets its power from a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five-cylinder engine shared with the Audi TT RS.


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      groingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      Light truck? Lets see what happens when they start rolling over because of the US ride height change.
      icemilkcoffee
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am amazed that they still havent closed the idiotic light truck loop hole yet.
      MacProMan
      • 1 Year Ago
      not attractive to me
      BryanGx
      • 1 Year Ago
      Please explain to me why Americans hate station wagons, but happily snap up station wagon bodies as long as the (1) ride height is jacked up a few inches, (2) some frivolous extra chassis weight is added, and (3) they're called "crossovers" instead of wagons.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BryanGx
        More headroom and better visibility are two reasons -- though I doubt the Q3 offers a significant improvement in either of those categories.
        BryanGx
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BryanGx
        My sister-in-law got an A3 last year and there's no real reason why anyone should prefer a Q3 over the A.
        Ben Lee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BryanGx
        Bryan, Drivers have bought into the fear of injury. Height keeps you "safe"
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BryanGx
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        J
        • 1 Year Ago
        @BryanGx
        Typically crossovers also have more cargo room than station wagons (though I doubt most folks really max it out on either model).
      mookieblaylock
      • 1 Year Ago
      another truckette for rich suburban mommy , wtg audi you rule
      Joey Franklin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looking forward to these smaller premium cars coming to the USA. The RS Q3 and GLA45 will go at each other along with the S3 and CLA45. I saw a loaded AMG CLA45 for $65k which is completely ridiculous though.
      Alex740
      • 1 Year Ago
      Smart decision, this would sell very well in the US
      atc98092
      • 1 Year Ago
      OK, it's a fancier version of my Tiguan. But since VW is reducing content in their products (the top radio/nav doesn't have HD any more), I'd look at it. I was seriously looking at the Q5 TDI, but they priced it just a little too high for what it is.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @atc98092
        I wouldn't be surprised if VW intentionally reduces content -- but are you sure it wasn't because virtually no one really cares about HD radio?
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Wasp
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      mookieblaylock
      • 1 Year Ago
      screw that wheres my rs3 hatch
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fortunately for SQ5 owners, it's relatively easy to get euro-spec springs to lower the US-spec suspension. These regulations are so dumb. Ride height impacting a role of a softroader's classification.
      Zortella
      • 1 Year Ago
      Would be more interested if they were bringing over the A1.
      Tobias Apstar
      • 1 Year Ago
      Does it really take 1-2 years to make these modifications? By then, it'll be an outdated model and BMW and Mercedes will have gobbled up that market segment. May as well wait for an A3 Sportback, especially if a diesel version becomes available stateside and even more so, if a quattro version will be sold.
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