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The five door crossover model from German car brand Audi, the Q3 has been a keen seller and a popular choice for drivers all around the world for the past two years. Production on the car first begun in 2011 with the first model going on sale in 2012. It has also been revealed recently that from next year, the vehicle will be offered also in the States and in Canada too. In 2012 a concept vehicle was shown of by the brand under the name of the RS Q3 which is a more power orientated version of the Q3 and this also made its way to our roads.

 

Where does all of this fit in to today's news though?

 

Well the German car firm have announced that they are introducing a range of brand new updates to both of these models which have been done in order to maintain a steady form of competitiveness with other brands such as BMW with their X range amongst many others. Audi have introduced some brand new changes to both models which could potentially help them to sell even more units than ever before.

 

What new changes can you expect to find in the Q3 and RS Q3?

So regarding these brand new changes that have been announced for the vehicles, we believe that the standard Q3 has received slightly more focus than the RS model but that's not to say that the RS does not benefit. The main focus with the RS model has been put on the power and handling of the vehicle. It has been announced that the overall performance of the model has been tweaked to give it an added 29 brake horse power increase. This means that 335bhp is now the total deliverance from the car. The sprint from 0 to 62mph for the RS model now is achieved in 4.8 seconds which is a 0.4 second improvement on the standard RS. Eight piston brake calipers have also been include with the car now and a seven speed S tronic transmission system could also help the vehicle out when it comes to shifting through the gears a lot smoother.

 

We believe that the Q3 is where the main area of attention has been put though. We now see that this standard model has been fitted with a range of new upgrades which include the likes of LED daytime running lights and all new LED rear lighting. Xenon bulbs are included at the front end of the car as standard now and 19 inch alloy wheels are also welcomed into the mix. A brand new metallic paint scheme and tinted windows also find a place in the car. If you go past the tinted windows though for a look inside the vehicle, you can expect to find a brand new sat nav system,a perforated leather interior,a parking guidance system making it easier for you to park the vehicle and cruise control also comes along with the vehicle as standard.

 

Much like the RS, the engine range for the Q3 also receives some adjustments. This means that the two litre TFSI petrol engine sees an 8bhp increase now coming in at 178bhp. The two litre diesel now also puts out 148 and 181bhp depending on which engine unit you choose. An adaptive dynamics system which Audi offer with most of their vehicles is now also standard for the Q3.

 

When do these new changes come into play for the vehicles?

It has been confirmed that these updated models will officially go on sale from January of next year with the first set of deliveries expected to follow sometime around March of 2015. A purchase price has been confirmed for the new Q3 and prices will start of at £25,340 ranging upwards to £30,820 for the range topping model. Prices for the RS model have not yet been confirmed by Audi but expect to hear more on this closer to the time of launch.