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Audi reveals second-generation Q3 crossover

Audi has revealed the second-generation Q3 crossover ahead of order books opening in the autumn and the first models hitting roads towards the end of the year.

Initially, the Q3 will have four engine options – three petrol variants and one diesel motor. The entry-level model is a 150hp 1.5-litre petrol, while a larger 2.0-litre unit is also offered in 190hp and 230hp guises.

From launch, the entry-level model will be fitted with a seven-speed automatic gearbox and front-wheel drive, while both of the 2.0-litre petrol engines are mated to the firm’s Quattro four-wheel drive system.

Diesel power, meanwhile, consists of a 150hp 2.0-litre unit, which is mated to a manual transmission and four-wheel drive system, while the brand confirmed a more powerful 190hp variant will extend the range following the model’s launch.

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Longer, wider and lower than the outgoing model, Audi claims passenger space has been improved, while boot space is rated at 530 litres rear seats up and 1,525 rear seats down.

Like other models in the Audi range, the new Q3 is fitted with screens in place of an instrument panel, as the brand claims analogue instruments “have been consigned to history”. As well as the company’s head-up display and navigation system, the Q3 is equipped with Audi’s voice recognition system which made its debut on the A8 luxury saloon.

Safety kit offered includes the firm’s side assist feature which warns drivers of objects in the blind spots, while a lane departure warning is also offered as standard, as is a pre sense front safety system, which uses radar to detect critical situations involving pedestrians, cyclists and other vehicles and provides the driver with a visual, audible and haptic warning before initiating emergency braking if necessary.