AUDI Australia says it absolutely expects its all-new, second-generation Q3 to develop into the best-selling small SUV within the $40,000-plus phase, main a resurgence for the German model after an underwhelming gross sales efficiency in 2019.
The brand new Q3 replaces the first-generation mannequin that first went on sale in 2012 and loved three consecutive years because the best-selling premium small SUV from 2013 to 2015.
In 2018, it nonetheless managed to crack the highest three in its phase with 2497 gross sales, nonetheless it was nicely off the tempo of the Mercedes-Benz GLA that managed 3906 items.
Chatting with GoAuto on the launch of the all-new Q3, Audi Australia chief buyer and advertising officer Nikki Warburton stated the model sees big potential within the contemporary high-rider.
“Completely (it ought to be the phase chief)”, she stated. “I believe for us we see such potential, not solely within the class and the expansion within the class, however in the best way the blokes have packaged the worth into the automobile and the worth level.
“We see it’s bought big potential to proceed to develop and drive and hopefully lead that class.”
Ms Warburton was assured of the Q3’s success due partly to the curiosity proven by clients, with potential patrons having to attend because it was revealed in July final 12 months.
“It’s been actually robust, actually robust. So we’ve had a register-your-interest marketing campaign in market, and it’s been actually robust,” she stated.
“And likewise we gauge a data of that from our supplier community, they usually’re saying that there’s a number of demand on the market for Q3, so sure, we’re feeling actually constructive in regards to the uptake, so we simply wish to get the automobile to market now.”
The model added that the introducing the Sportback physique type for the primary time within the first quarter will add further quantity to the Q3, which isn’t anticipated to outsell the normal SUV however will make up a good portion of gross sales.
Going by final 12 months’s figures, the Q3 must obtain round 4000 gross sales per 12 months to high the premium small-SUV phase, which might put it neck-and-neck with Audi’s best-selling SUV, the Q5, which tallied 4086 items in 2018 – simply shy of the A3’s 4257 gross sales that was the model’s best-selling mannequin.
When requested whether or not the Q3 may develop into the best-selling mannequin for the model given the premium small-SUV phase has grown by 376 per cent from 2012-18, Audi Australia company communications supervisor Shaun Cleary stated it had an opportunity to greatest the Q5 and A3.
“Perhaps with Q3 Sportback it has potential,” he stated. “Clearly it’s in the appropriate phase, it’s the appropriate dimension, it’s rising.
“It’s by far the perfect provide we’ve had it out there, so there’s no cause why we wouldn’t goal very excessive with the brand new Q3.”
Audi Australia is just not terrified of cannibalisation between the Q3 and barely smaller Q2 which chalked up 1865 gross sales final 12 months, with the brand new Q3 rising each with its exterior dimensions and inside area, placing additional distance between it and the Q2.
Within the third quarter of 2020, the Q3 vary shall be expanded to incorporate the high-performance RS Q3 wagon, which with no SQ3 introduced to date, would be the solely efficiency variant within the vary.
When requested if the RS Q3 may develop into the most well-liked Audi Sport mannequin within the vary, Audi Australia senior product planning govt Peter Strudwicke stated it will be troublesome to unseat the RS3 hatch and sedan, however given the age distinction between the RS3 and RS Q3, it may come shut.
“RS3 was considerably larger within the earlier technology,” he stated. “It generally depends upon your mannequin life cycle. RS3 has clearly been within the mannequin cycle for some time. That is younger and contemporary, so it stays to be seen in a manner, however it should actually be one of the vital standard RS fashions.”
Mr Cleary added higher shift to RS Q3 over the earlier technology wouldn’t be a shock for Audi Australia.
The all-new Q3 goes on sale on November 22, with the Sportback, 40 TFSI powertrain and RS Q3 all because of arrive within the subsequent 12 months.