Designed to tackle the ski slopes, the Audi Q3 Vail concept shows off a production-spec Q3 bedecked in shiny concept car off-read gear and topped with sets of Audi-branded carbon fiber skis. With the unveil of the Q3 Vail, Audi also announced that they will bring the Q3 to the U.S. market in 2014; production of cars bound for North America will begin being built in Europe at the end of 2013. Chances are that the U.S. debut will coincide with the car's mid-cycle refresh.
The Q3, which went on sale in Europe in the middle of last year, slots below the Q5 in Audi’s lineup of crossovers. It’s been rumored since the debut of the Cross Coupe Concept at the 2007 Shanghai auto show that Audi could bring a smaller SUV to the U.S. BMW had planned to bring its compact X1 crossover to our shores, but has indefinitely put those plans on hold due to high demand in Europe and Asia for the car.
No official U.S.-spec details have been released, but expect to see both the 2.0-liter direct-injected I-4 and 2.0-liter turbodiesel I-4 offered in Europe to make the trip along with optional Quattro all-wheel drive seven-speed. Enthusiasts can hope that the standard six-speed manual makes the trip across the pond, but chances are that the seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch gearbox will be the only transmission choice for American buyers.
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