The Audi Q3 Sportback arrives later this year, swelling the company's SUV range further and giving models like the BMW X2 some real competition. Despite the sloping roofline, the Sportback retains the Q3 designation, as Audi seems to be saving the Q4 name for a forthcoming small electric SUV. All Q3 models will feature high-gloss black detailing on the exterior, including the octagonal 'Singleframe' grille design. The black detailing extends to the window frames and around the wheel arches. Range-topping models will include Matrix LED headlights and 20-inch alloy wheels.
Even though the roofline slopes down, the space for rear passengers shouldn't suffer too much. Like in the standard Audi Q3, the rear seat bench can slide by 130mm and features three individual backrests that are adjustable. Boot space measures in at 530 litres and can increase to 1,400 litres with the rear seats folded forward. The cabin largely mimics the design and look of the standard Q3 and includes Alcantara inserts on the armrests and dashboard.
Greater connectivity and a digitised interior
All versions of the Q3 Sportback will come with the 10.25-inch digital instrument display that drivers can configure to their personal preference. Top-spec models will receive the slightly larger 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display. There is also a 10.1-inch infotainment system that is angled towards the driver for ease of use and this features smartphone connectivity. Android Auto and a wireless version of Apple CarPlay will be available. A number of optional online services through the Audi Connect system, which uses a built-in sim card to access data, will also be available.
A variety of engine options
From launch, the Audi Q3 Sportback will be available with a 230hp 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engine, badged as the 45 TFSI and will feature a quattro all-wheel-drive transmission. There will also be a 150hp 2.0-litre TDI diesel with an S tronic automatic all-wheel-drive transmission, too, and that will soon be followed by a manual version. More engines will join the range in time, including a more powerful diesel engine and entry-level petrol with a 48-volt mild hybrid system.
The Audi Q3 Sportback will make its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and will go on sale later this year. Exact pricing and specifications are set to be announced closer to the car's arrival in Ireland in October.