The second-generation Audi Q3 has been launched in Malaysia, and is being offered in a sole advanced 1.4 TFSI S tronic variant that is priced at RM269,900 on-the-road without insurance. First revealed globally back in July 2018, the SUV competes against the BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

Under the bonnet is a 1.4 litre TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 150 PS (147 hp) from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 250 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 3,500 rpm, with drive going to the front wheels via a six-speed S tronic wet dual-clutch gearbox. The Q3 will get from a rest to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds, hit a top speed of 207 km/h and has a combined fuel consumption of 7.2 l/100 km.

Built on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, the Q3 is 97 mm longer (4,484 mm), 25 mm wider (1,849 mm) and 23 mm lower (1,585 mm) than before, with a 77 mm longer wheelbase (2,680 mm). The revised exterior styling is inspired by larger SUVs in Audi’s line-up, most notably the LED lighting units that resemble those on the e-tron; the front headlamps come with high beam assist, while the taillights have dynamic indicators.

There’s also the ever-present signature Singleframe grille, albeit in an octagon design with vertical slats, while other items include roof rails finished in anodised aluminium and 18-inch five-arm style alloy wheels. As the Q3 is dressed in advanced trim, the bumpers also get contrasting Manhattan grey accents.

Meanwhile, the sleek, minimalist dashboard and metallic garnishing are evocative of other models like the A6, A7 and A8, but does without the dual-screen interface in higher-rung models like those models and the Q8. For our market, the Q3 comes with a 10.1-inch central touchscreen linked to the MMI Navigation plus infotainment system, which is paired to a 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit plus digital instrument display.

The kit list also includes powered front seats with four-way lumbar support, leather/leatherette upholstery, dual-zone climate control, Audi connect, Audi smartphone interface, a three-spoke leather steering wheel, black gloss dash accents and door sill trims with aluminium accents. As for the safety and driver assistance systems, you’ll get ESC, hold assist, Audi drive select, cruise control, hill descent control and Audi parking system plus.

The Q3 will be on display at this year’s Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) organised by us, paultan.org, which is set to take place at the Setia City Convention Centre from November 2-3, 2019. Audi Malaysia also announced that from November 2-10, customers who purchase any Audi model will qualify for a lucky draw, with the top prize being an exclusive Audi Driving Experience package in Germany worth RM40,000.

We’ve had a chance to sample the latest Audi Q3 previously, and you can read Jonathan Lee’s thoughts about it here. See full specifications of the Q3 at CarBase.my.