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It's been the subject of "future cars" predictions in buff books from Nome to Greenpoint since Audi's Steppenwolf concept (pictured) broke cover in 2001. Now Germany's Auto Zeitung renews talk of the Audi "Q3," a prospective mini-ute to rival the BMW X3 and Land Rover Freelander, based on new buzz about Volkswagen's upcoming Golf-based ute (hmm. Steppengolf?). Our multilingual friends at Eurocar translate the latest media missive on the Q3, which will reportedly have higher ground clearance and be more geared for off-roading than the A3 Sportback Quattro.

Audi Q3 - a small SUV based on the A3? [Eurocar Blog]

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