When the idea of a 'coupe-crossover' became a reality about a decade ago, there was a fair bit of skepticism if it will catch on or not. These days, just about every automaker is building one. Some even offer it in different sizes. One of them is Audi, and they have just introduced the first-ever Q3 Sportback.
As the name suggests, it is a swoopier, sportier version of the Q3 crossover with its lower roofline and rakish rear end. Aside from that, there are other exterior tweaks to make the small crossover look a little bit more dynamic. Audi says the Q3 Sportback is 30 mm 'flatter' than the standard model, making it appear longer than its more upright counterpart. It also gets gloss black trimmings to further emphasize its sportier intentions. The Q3 Sportback also has a honeycomb grill to go along with its more aggressive look.
But aside from the dramatic changes made to the exterior, Audi also tweaked its suspension as well. It rides lower than than the standard Q3, and also has adaptive & speed sensitive steering to enhance feedback and input. Optional on the Q3 Sportback is damper control, which comes in six modes. Despite being lower than the regular Q3, it still comes with an off-road mode, which should allow for some light trailing.
A wide array of engine options are available for the Q3 Sportback, which includes one turbo gas, one turbodiesel, and soon, a turbocharged mild-hybrid powertrain. Audi says that there are more coming soon as well. The gas-fed 2.0 TFSI is the most powerful option of the range, making 230 PS. For those seeking the diesel option, the 2.0 TDI puts out 150 PS. Specs of the mild-hybrid version have yet to be revealed by the automaker. Quattro all-wheel drive is standard in the 2.0 TFSI model.
Given that Audi Philippines offers a majority of its global products here, it is likely that the Q3 Sportback will be sold here. As to when, it may still be a long wait.