Gone is the previous entry-level 2WD 2.0 TDI manual (priced at under $45,000), replaced with the all-wheel-drive upgrade now priced at $47,500 plus on-roads.
While the drivetrain may have changed, the 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine remains unchanged, developing 103kW and 320Nm.
Despite the shift to all-wheel-drive, the new entry-level Q3 still manages to return 5.8 l/100km.
The 2014 Q3 range also scores Audi Music Interface and a ‘storage and luggage compartment package’ as standard equipment.
Elsewhere, the Q3 features 17-inch alloy wheels, leather trim, dual-zone climate control and Bluetooth interface with audio-streaming.
Several option packages will be available with the updated Q3. The cheapest is the Assistance Package at $1250 while $6000 gets you the S-Line Sport Package.
The Style, Technik and Comfort packages are priced at $2000, $3790 and $3990 respectively.
“The Audi Q3 has shown extraordinary growth since launch,” Audi Australia’s Managing Director Andrew Doyle said.
“The addition of this new entry-level model is significant, because it creates a more affordable entry point into quattro, making it unrivalled in this class. We believe sales of the Q3 range will continue to grow with this introduction.”
The Q3 is currently the best-selling model in Audi’s Australian line-up, with 226 sales in August seeing it at the top of the small SUV segment over $40,000.
2014 AUDI Q3 PRICING
- Q3 2.0 TDI Quattro S-tronic 103 kW - $47,500
- Q3 2.0 TFSI Quattro S-tronic 125 kW - $49,450
- Q3 2.0 TDI Quattro S-tronic 130 kW - $55,000
- Q3 2.0 TFSI Quattro S-tronic 155 kW - $56,500
All prices exclude on-road costs