In Phoenix Arizona, as well as the rest of the world, the 2012 Audi Q3 is one of the most anticipated cars of the year. Part of that anticipation has been much fan speculation, information leaks, and even in factory spy photo releases. Audi has decided to meet this anticipation by releasing several sketches of the new model well ahead of its intended debut at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show later this month.
While the new model will be built upon the foundation and underpinnings of the Volkswagen Tiguan, likely with the same engine and transmission (a turbo four producing around 200 horsepower) the engineers have taken the design of the vehicle to the next level. Many auto industry insiders are reminded of Audi’s Cross Coupe Quattro concept car, which debuted at the Shanghai motor show in 2007.
Measuring 172.4 inches, the Cross Coupe concept was only an inch longer than the A3, which will make the Q3 a uniquely small crossover in the growing crossover trend. Elements of the Cross Coupe concept that may be translated to the Q3’s ambitious exterior design include a large (over-sized) Audi-style grille, large wheels, LED daytime running lights, and roof rails.
With the new 2012 Q3, Audi is seeking to capitalize on the decline in SUV sales, which have worked to boost the sales of cross-overs. With its sleek exterior design, and a standard all wheel drive, the German car company is also seeking to strike while the iron is hot in the area of the revived sports coupe. Even in the crossover suv/sport coupe arena, Audi faces tough competition with other high concept debuts this summer.
Phoenix Arizona residents can view and test drive the new 2012 Audi Q3 as soon as it hits show room floors this summer, as well as as any other current Audi vehicle, at their local Phoenix Valley area Audi dealer.