The details on Audi’s forthcoming Q3 crossover are slim, and while we still have yet to see a clear set of spy photos (this latest set certainly isn’t the greatest, but beggars can’t be choosers), there’s no doubt that the automaker is prepping its smallest-yet CUV for a debut sometime in 2011. We do understand that the majority of the Q3’s groundwork will be based on the Volkswagen Tiguan, though the styling will be more akin to that of Audi’s Cross Coupe concept from 2007.
Various reports have stated that the Tiguan’s engines and transmissions will carry over to the Q3, so we can expect the Audi to be powered by the automaker’s 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four, producing somewhere around 200 horsepower. A diesel version is more than likely planned for European markets, though there’s no word about whether or not an oil-burning Q3 will make its way Stateside.
Our spies suggest that the Q3 will debut in the second half of 2011 (Frankfurt Motor Show?) with the first models going on sale later that year. Until then, we’ll keep our eyes peeled for clearer views of Q3 prototypes out on the road.