2012 Audi Q3 spy shots
We’ve known for some time that the 2012 Audi Q3 would not in fact be built by Audi, but rather by Volkswagen Group stablemate Seat. Today we have confirmation that Seat will in fact build Audi’s new compact crossover, at its plant in Martorell, Spain, and in the process create some 700 new jobs.
The move makes sense as the Spanish site has idle capacity and already builds several models using many of the same Volkswagen Group components that the Audi will share, namely, its Ibiza and Bocanegra hatchbacks.
Though it was originally thought that the new Q3 would make its debut at the recent 2011 Geneva Motor Show, it’s now thought that we’ll get our first look at the luxury compact crossover at next month’s 2011 Shanghai Auto Show, highlighting the growing importance of the event and the Chinese market in general.
The Q3 is described as a coupe-like five-door SUV with seat positions, wheel size, and ground clearance characteristic of a typical SUV. Its styling will be heavily based on 2007’s Cross Coupe concept car, allowing it to compete nicely with the upcoming BMW X1 and new Range Rover Evoque.
For our complete information on the 2012 Audi Q3, click here for our previous post with included spy shots and computer-generated renderings.