Audi Q3 Vail unveiled

Audi has created a themed version of its Q3 Compact SUV ahead of this year’s North American International Auto Show. The Q3 Vail, which is named after the American winter sports venue in Colorado, is currently a concept but could go into production if enough interest is shown.

Visually the Q3 Vail is finished in Energy Red paintwork, a special shade that features golden pearlescent particles. By contrast, its add-on body sections are matt grey, while the grille features striking vertical aluminium struts. Adding to the Q3’s rugged appearance is the underbody guard, side air inlets, running boards and flared wheel arch extensions which accommodate the 40 mm (1.57 inches) increase in track. The rear is particularly stylish thanks to that diffuser/underbody guard with integrated twin tailpipes. The five-spoke alloy wheels measure 8.5 x 20-inches and are wrapped in 255/45 offroad tyres.

Inside, the cabin is finished in a mixture of materials, with the roof lining trimmed in titanium grey Alcantara, the entire instrument panel covered in Fine Nappa leather, while other sections of the upholstery utilize an innovative leather/fabric material. Aluminium is used on the leather-trimmed steering wheel, around the speedometer, rev counter and edges of the control lights.

In the trunk there’s a charging station which houses a pair of flashlights that, thanks to their infra-red heating element, double up as ski boot warmers. That same technology also heats or chills the console-mounted thermos flask. The fold-out mat that protects the lip/rear bumper also features heated seat cushions.

Power for the Q3 Vail comes via a turbocharged 2.5 L five-cylinder TFSI engine which develops 231 kW (314 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb/ft) of torque, and allows at 0-100 km/h (62 mph) time of 5.5 seconds and a top speed of 262 km/h (163 mph).

[Source: Audi]

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