CLAWING into the premium sports utility vehicle luxury just got cheaper.
Audi has launched a new baby of its soft-roader family, the front-wheel drive 1.4-litre petrol-powered Q3 which starts from $42,300.
The cheapest Q3 previously was the 103kW diesel at $47,500.
This new Q3 undercuts the BMW X1 18d $46,300), Peugeot 3008 Allure HDi ($43,490) and Range Rover Evoque eD4 Pure ($49,995).
Standard gear includes 17-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, leather trim, dual zone climate controlled air con, cruise control, automatic wipers and lights, along with a CD stereo with Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity.
Buyers can also opt for a $2000 "Style" package to gain Xenon headlights with LED running lights and 18-inch aluminium wheels. A "Technik" pack includes sat nav, front and rear parking sensors with a rear-view camera and a colour driver display for $3790.
There are other sporting packages which cost up to $7000, where you can bundle together cool stuff like top-grade leather and more athletic features with bigger wheels.
It comes standard with a six-speed automatic transmission.
"This new entry model makes the highly successful Audi Q3 model even more attainable for discerning customers," said Audi Australia's managing director Andrew Doyle.
"The Audi Q3's unique combination of sporty performance, sophisticated design and everyday versatility explains why this model has led its segment since it launched in early 2012.
"The high-value package structure allows customers to option the additional features that best suit their needs, and this concept is extended to the new model. Customisation is important part of the Audi brand experience."
Model: Audi Q3 1.4 TFSI.
Engine: 1.4-litre petrol generating maximum power of 110kW @ 5000-6000rpm and peak torque of 250Nm @ 1750-3000rpm.
Transmission: Six-speed S tronic automatic.
Performance: 0-100kmh in 8.9 seconds.
Consumption: 6.2 litres/100km (combined average).
Bottom line plus on-roads: $42,300.