New Audi thrills local media in test drive event

Lyna Mohamad

Local media personnel had the opportunity to get behind the wheels of the new Audi Q3 during a media preview and test drive session hosted by local authorised Audi dealer, TCY Motors Sdn Bhd.

The test drive session at Little Soho, Batu Bersurat, began with a briefing on some of the features and technical aspect of the second-generation Q3 by Audi Brand Marketing Official John Tan.

A family SUV with great all-round talents, John pointed out that the Q3 marks a step forward with its improved spaciousness and versatility, as well as its technology; and just like the latest Audi top-of-the-line models, it features a digital cockpit and a large MMI touch display.

This second-generation Q3 has been designed larger than its predecessor in improved space for passengers and luggage, with the new assist systems supporting the driver when parking in town and on long journeys, which also enhances comfort, as does the further developed suspension.

The media personnel were also briefed on the highlights of the Q3, amongst which are driver-focussed premium interior with ambient lighting, sliding rear bench seat plus (not available from competitor models), the Audi phone box for wireless Qi device-charging, USB type A and USB type C port, and loose wheel detection (from Audi A8).

Media personnel preview the new Audi Q3. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

The storage and luggage compartment package – which is added on for the Brunei model – and a better lighting package, including high beam assist, are also Q3 highlights, offering five new colours as from the previous model.

Looking much sportier than its predecessor, thanks to the striking single-frame in octagon design divided up by vertical bars, along with the large air inlets, the second generation Q3 characterises the masculine front-end with its intensive play of light and shadow.

The taut lines, 3D-styled elements gives the interior a driver-oriented and sporty look, while the interior continues the design of the exterior and echoes in many ways the brand’s full-size models.

An electric tailgate, which can also be opened and closed with a kicking motion, is also available for the Brunei model; and the operating and display concept of the SUV has been overhauled from the ground up, where Audi has done away with the analogue instruments, and the base equipment includes a digital instrument cluster with a 10.25-inch screen diagonal, which the driver operates using the multifunction steering wheel.

As for now a gasoline engine, combined with front-wheel drive outputs 110kW (150hp/250Nm) is available in Brunei, where all engines are four-cylinder direct injection units with turbocharging, which are powerful, refined and efficient.