Crossover vehicles have become hugely popular in recent years, not least for the outdoor active image they portray, even if in reality most examples don’t travel further than to the office or on the school run.
To encourage that ‘vehicle for all conditions’ image, Audi has launched a host of accessories for its updated Q3 compact crossover which arrives in Ireland in March 2015. The Audi Genuine Accessories range includes carriers for bikes, skis, kayaks and other sports equipment, plus a folding passenger seat for transporting long items.
There’s also a new product that will appeal to the camping fraternity. The Q3 camping tent converts the crossover into an ideal vehicle for extended camping holidays in a matter of minutes. Fastened to the vehicle’s open tailgate, one person with nothing more than an air pump can set up the entire tent in just three minutes.
Another four minutes is all it takes to connect the tent to the Q3 via the open rear hatch. The vehicle interior/luggage compartment and the tent can be used simultaneously. This makes unpleasant activities such as loading and unloading during bad weather significantly more pleasant. The Q3 camping tent is also suitable for rough weather. Secured to the ground with eight camping pegs, it can withstand winds of up to 70 km/h (43.5 mph). The tent is modular, comprising the main tent, a mosquito-proof inner tent, tent floor, sun shade and a car-specific connection kit for the tailgate. All of the modules are separable. The Audi Q3 camping tent is priced from €1,390.