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Audi already has plans to add a premium SUV smaller than it’s recently launched Audi Q7 called the Audi Q5 to it’s line of new SUVs. The Audi Q5 will compete directly with the BMW X3 and will be based on the A4 sedan’s chassis.

Now Audi’s head of concept development Ulrich Hackenberg has mentioned that Audi is considering an Audi Q3, a small SUV based on the Audi A3. It makes sense since parent Volkswagen is building a Golf SUV based on the Volkswagen Golf, and the Audi A3 has alot in common with the Volkswagen Golf.

The idea of a small SUV is not foreign to Audi, as Audi has already showcased the Audi Steppenwolf concept back in the year 2000, which was a 3-door small SUV concept featuring a 225hp 3.2 litre V6 engine.

I kind of like how Volkswagen and Audi shares it’s platforms, like the Passat/A4, Golf/A3, Touareg/Q7. Audi will continue adding more models in an offensive sales strategy to boost it’s globals sales to 1.5 million by the year 2015, double of the 829,100 vehicles sold in 2005.