“There’s potential opportunities for new variants” in the Australian range, an Audi Australia spokesperson told CarExpert.
There’s currently a void between Q3 40 TFSI S line, which has 132kW of power, and fire-breathing RSQ3 variants.
Audi has been battling supply shortages for months, with further interruptions anticipated into 2021 despite March’s record-breaking sales results.
Despite this, the company says the RSQ3 has been “extraordinarily popular” with Australian buyers.
Elsewhere in the world, the Q3 is offered with an extended range of turbocharged petrol and diesel powertrains, as well as a plug-in hybrid.
Outputs are quoted at 180kW (5000-6000rpm) and 370Nm (1700-4300rpm), with drive sent to a quattro all-wheel drive system through a seven-speed dual-clutch.
According to Audi UK, the Q3 45 TFSI quattro dashes from 0-100 in 5.8 seconds on its way to a top speed of 236km/h. While there’s no SQ3 currently, this variant serves as the middle-tier performance variant globally.
The 45 TFSI slots between the 132kW/320Nm 40 TFSI quattro and 294kW/480Nm RSQ3 models. In Australia, there’s a circa-$30,000 price gap between the former and latter in both wagon and Sportback body styles.
In 45 TFSI e guise the Q3 plug-in hybrid develops 180kW and 400Nm from its 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and 85kW electric motor, with EV driving range quoted at 50km on the WLTP combined cycle.
PHEVs are lower on the priority list for Audi Australia than electric vehicles, so we’d wager there’s a better chance of seeing the 45 TFSI quattro Down Under.
To the end of March 2021, Audi Australia has sold 1590 examples of the Q3 marking an 87.9 per cent increase year-to-date on the same period in 2020. March also saw monthly growth of 235.4 per cent to 852 units, an all-time record.
In the premium small SUV segment, the Q3 has accounted for 27 per cent of sales year-to-date. If you combine that with the smaller Q2’s sales, Audi accounts for one in three sales in the segment.