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Audi Q3 and High-Performance RS Q3 Crossover Facelifted for 2015 With More Power and Sharper Styling

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Audi RS Q3 now puts down 340 horsepower.

Ahead of the mid-size crossovers' public debut, Audi has revealed the latest iteration of the Q3 and RS Q3 models. As you would expect, the 2015 MY receives just modest cosmetic upgrades, including a sharper single frame trapezoidal front grille, xenon plus lighting for the updated headlights, LED DRLs, and optional LED head- and taillights with dynamic turn signals.

The Q3's lineup of turbocharged TFSI and TDI four-pots, varying from 1.4 to 2.0 liters in size, all now emit 17 percent less CO2, while the range-topping RS Q3 gets an extra 30 hp and 22 lb-ft of torque, with the 2.5-liter turbo-five now generating 340 hp and 332 lb-ft. Mated to a seven-speed S tronic box and quattro AWD system, the hi-po crossover hits 62 mph 0.7 seconds quicker with a time of 4.8 sec, and a top speed of 155 mph. A new RS exhaust featuring switchable flaps now provides a meatier soundtrack. The 2015 Audi Q3 will start from 29,600 Euros, and the RS Q3 from 56,600 Euros when they hit dealerships in the first quarter of next year.

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