Sam Philip23 April 2009

Audi’s shorter Q

Dinky German crossover to arrive in 2011

Audi Q3

See more Cross Coupe Quattro pics

Is Audi's photocopier set to 80 per cent? Just as from the Q7 did come the Q5, so from the Q5 comes... the Q3, a dinky Audi crossover set to arrive in 2011.

OK, it won't look quite like the car in the photos. That's Audi's ‘Cross Coupe Quattro' concept from 2007, which previewed the styling of an upcoming mini-SUV. And now Audi has confirmed that production of the Q3 will begin in 2011 at the Seat factory in Martorell, Spain.

Smooth off a few of the concept's surfaces, cut down the wheels by a couple of sizes and ditch the glitzy white interior, and you should be pretty close to the production Q3.

If you're struggling to place it in the market, don't worry, it took us a while to figure out too. It'll sit a size below the BMW X3 - which is a rival for the Q5 - and will be based on a modified Tiguan platform. That means it could be a competitor for that weird BMW X1 concept we saw last year, if it makes production.

Audi describes the Q3 as ‘a coupe-like five-door SUV... which will stand out thanks to a supremely sporting driving experience'.

So, assuming it looks at least vaguely like the concept, are you excited about the upcoming Q3? A decent-looking premium crossover, or a niche too far?

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