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Audi of America is rolling out a new entry level SUV – the Q3 40 TFSI. Now entry level doesn’t necessarily mean decontented. The Q3 40 has quattro as a standard feature paired to a 2.0L 4 cylinder with 184hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. Also standard are the Touch Response MMI with digital instrument cluster, eight-way power from seats, Audi lane departure warning, high beam assist, and three-zone automatic climate control.
The exterior hasn’t been overlooked. The 40 TFSI has unique wheel options available only to it and Alu-Optic on the front and rear bumpers. The 40 TFSI will come in Premium and Premium Plus trims. The price? It will start at $34,000. That’s very competitive considering a Premium front-wheel drive A3 starts at $33,300*. This is a great deal for people who want to join the Audi brand or maybe buy a 2nd or 3rd Audi without losing quattro. Look for the Q3 40 TFSI to go on sale early 2021.
*2021 A3 Premium MSRP at time of publishing