Audi model designed for Wintersports fans introduced13 January 2012
A very special Audi Q3 concept groomed specifically for winter sports like the pistes in the famous Colorado mountain resort which inspired its name has been unveiled.
Designed for young fans of winter sports who love skiing or snowboarding, the Audi Q3 Vail represents a new, potential variation on the compact SUV theme. The concept is painted in the colour developed specially for it – Energy Red – which contains golden pearlescent particles. Its add-on body parts are finished in matt grey quartz-based paint, and underline the vehicle's robust and rugged character. The area around the windows is enhanced by eye-catching elements in aluminium and high-gloss black.
Vertical bars made from aluminium are integrated in the single-frame grille. They extend across the full height of the grille. In the horizontal panel, which carries the license plate on production Q3 models, they are pulled outwards to striking effect.
The struts feature a bi-colour theme developed specifically for the Q3 Vail: their lateral edges are painted in matt quartz-based paint, and the slim front faces have a high-gloss finish.
The Audi Q3 Vail is fitted with 255/45 section off-road tyres and 20in five-arm wheels whose visible edges have a high-gloss finish which mirrors the single-frame grille. Their inside areas feature the same matt quartz-based paint. Track width has increased by 40mm at the front and rear compared to series production models, and the body is 30mm higher. At the rear, the two tailpipes of the dual-branch exhaust system are integrated into the diffuser and underbody guard area.
The interior of the Audi Q3 Vail has a fittingly sporty black, grey and red colour scheme. The headlining is made from titanium grey Alcantara; large parts of the interior, including the carpet, are black. The black, ribbed floor mats are edged with narrow strips of red velvet-finish leather.
An innovative leather/fabric material is used for the upholstery – thin strips of leather just a few tenths of a millimetre wide, are interwoven with yarn. The upholstery features piping with double seams; like the contrasting stitching, the piping is red. Small sections of the upholstery are made from red velvet-finish leather – a hardwearing material that looks similar to nubuck leather at first glance, but in fact has a finer structure. The segments integrated in the door trims are also in red velvet-finish leather, trimmed in steel grey Fine Nappa leather.
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