Footnote Today: October 7, 2013 – Audi to Hold Off on U.S. RS Q3 Sales

Report – Audi to Hold off on U.S. RS Q3 Sales

Audi will hold off on launching its smaller Q3 crossover in the United States until the utility vehicle undergoes a mid-cycle refresh, a new report finds. The Q3 was originally slated to hit U.S. dealerships this year.

The hiccup stems from the way the U.S. classifies vehicles. Audi wants the Q3 to be classified as a “light truck”, but the approach angle of the current Q3 prevents that designation. As such, Audi will redesign the truck with U.S. specifications in mind before importing the BMW X1-fighter.

No timetable was attached to the delay, but expect something in the 18-24 month range.

When it does finally land in the U.S., the Q3 will be offered in both standard and high-performance RS guises. The latter will borrow a turbocharged five-cylinder from the Audi TT-RS which should be good for at least 310 horsepower. Sending power through all four wheels, the RS Q3 will be capable of accelerating from 0-60 in 5.5 seconds.

Source: Leftlane News

Footnote – Angle of Approach?

Jeep 2013-wrangler-angles

The picture above aptly defines approach angle. The approach angle is the angle between the ground and a line theoretically projected from a front tire to the lowest hanging member directly ahead (usually the front bumper).

Why is this metric necessary in car classification? Really, in truck classification because it specifies how steep a slope or ramp a vehicle can negotiate without hitting it first or grazing over with the lowest front member, usually the front bumper. To a potential car-buyer, considering an off-road vehicle this angle can help decide which truck will better climb over rock, boulder, logs, tree trunks, etc, without damage to its underbody or getting stuck. This is actually a success in the off-roading prowess of the Jeep line of off-road trucks.

Equally important and following this classification are departure angle (which is as approach but refers to the rear of the truck) and break-over angle, that is how much middle clearance the truck will still have by the time its mid-way over a ramp, rock, or some off-road obstacle, or you may find yourself teetering with your four wheels off the ground and the bulk of the truck balanced over the obstacle.

Look at the illustration above again.

The Jeep truck picture have an approach angle of approximately 44 degrees. If you have the picture of that angle in mind you could decide ahead of time which sort of off-road work to broach. In the United States, for a vehicle to be classified as light truck, its approach angle must not less than 28 degrees, break-over angle not less than 14 degrees, and departure angle not less than 20 degrees; additionally, ground clearances of not less than 17.8 cm under the front and rear axles, not less than 20.3 cm under any point other than the front or rear axle.

Our research of the RS Q3 from Audi didn’t quite find those numbers but we’re assuming that the angles for the Q3 are lower than the specifications, making it akin to a sedan.

Photos in this post have come from Jeep and Motor Trend.

Footnote Today is designed by The Jigged Team to succinctly explain at most one auto tech concept each week day. Spare a few moments every lunch break to check and soon enough all automobile technology will be easy pie to make sense of. Do leave us a reply and pay this forward to your network.

 

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