Audi has officially confirmed plans to bring its subcompact Q3 crossover to the United States for the 2015 model year. The small CUV will make its U.S. debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 13th.
Having been available in Europe since the 2012 model year, the Q3 will go on sale in the U.S. in the fall of 2014. It will be equipped with VW Auto Group’s familiar 200-horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. By default, power will be sent to the front wheels, though Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system will be optional. Audi Drive Select, which allows drivers to select between Comfort, Dynamic and Auto modes, will also be available.
Standard features on the North America-bound Q3 include 12-way heated power seats, HID headlights, a panoramic sunroof, and LED turn signals, daytime running lights, tail lamps, and interior lights. An array of available options will be offered, including Audi MMI Navigation, a Bose sound system, a power tailgate with a programmable lift angle, a Sport package with sport seats, along with the range-topping Prestige Package.
Based on the same vehicle architecture used in the VW Tiguan, the Q3 will slot underneath the A4-based Q5 in size and price, which hasn’t been announced but is expected to start in the low $30,000 range.