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Audi Q3 receives new engine and trim level

Additions to the Audi Q3 include a new top-spec trim and a TFSI petrol engine.

Audi has updated the Q3 range with the addition of a new engine and a top-of-the-range trim level. All new variants are available now, with first deliveries expected to trickle in around spring time.

The compact SUV now benefits from a more efficient 1.4 TSI petrol, which is designed to serve as an alternative to the 140PS 2.0-litre TDI. It offers 150PS (148bhp), 250Nm of torque from 1,750rpm, 47.9mpg and CO2 emissions of 137g/km.

A top speed of 126mph is promised, while 0 to 62mph takes 9.2 seconds with the six-speed manual and 8.9 seconds with the pricier S tronic twin-clutch transmission. The latter ups CO2 emissions to 145g/km.

The 1.4 TSI – available in front-wheel drive only – is designed as an entry-level model. Prices for the manual SE and S line start from £23,870 and £26,620, respectively. The SE and S line Plus S tronic starts at £25,365 and £28,115, respectively.

The new S line Plus specification sits at the top of the range. For an additional £2,350 on top of the S line quattro 2.0-litre TFSI and 2.0-litre TDI you can expect 19-inch alloys, privacy glass from the B-pillar rearwards and a choice of seven metallic paint finishes.

New standard equipment includes cruise control, Audi’s parking system plus and ‘SD card-based satellite navigation’ viewed through a 6.5-inch colour display. Audi has also used perforated leather and Alcantara instead of the cloth and leather mix seen in the S line.

The S line Plus specification inherits a myriad standard equipment including LED daytime running lights, S line body styling, light and rain sensors, front sport seats, Bluetooth connectivity and either dynamic suspension or S line sports suspension, which lowers the car by 20mm.

The Q3 update follows in the footsteps of the larger Q7, which was given a few tweaks of its own in the form of two new trim specifications.

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