The second edition of the small Q3 crossover is undergoing intensive road testing and should be on the market in a few months, challenging competitive models such as the BMW X1 and Mercedes GLA.
The current generation of Audi Q3 has 7 years of experience in the market, and today it is a real eternity. Moreover, in terms of design, it is also the oldest model in the German group’s palette, so a generational change is not only expected but also appropriate. Especially since there are several younger and more dangerous competitors in the market who have successfully started accepting Audi customers.
The new Q3 is already in the last stage of testing, and thanks to the spy photos, we were able to develop a computer visualization that shows the final appearance of the working version. As you can see, from the point of view of style, you should not expect a revolution, but these are soft modifications of Audi, which we are already used to. The biggest changes will include the front of the body with a clearly enlarged grille and led headlights, the shape of which resembles the solutions of the latest A5 and A8 models. In turn, led tail lights with a boomerang-shaped system resemble the lights of the luxury Q8 concept.
Audi Q3-new MQB platform
This is another VW Group model developed on a modular platform. It will be similar in size to the current generation crossover, although its length will be about 6 cm and width-5 cm. The wheelbase will also increase by 5 cm. Using the MQB platform will also reduce the weight by about 50 kg and improve its load capacity.
The interior with a dashboard inspired by the design of the large Q5 SUV will take on a completely new look. The equipment will include a virtual cabin and display, as well as an updated multimedia system.
When it comes to offering powertrains, you can expect a palette similar to the latest VW Tiguan model, including 1.4 and 2.0 TSI petrol and 2.0 TDI diesel, both in the front and Quattro versions. Of course, there will be a sports version of the RS Q3, which will receive a five-cylinder 2.5-liter engine with a capacity of 400 HP. Hybrid versions of the replacement and all-electric versions based on modified solutions known from the current e-Golf will be a novelty in the offer, which can travel up to 300 km after fully charging the batteries.
The new Audi Q3 is – in our opinion
Finally, there will be a new Q3, and although stylistically Audi can only be accused of thoroughly updating the model, in terms of technology we will be dealing with a completely new quality. The electrified palette of the German crossover promises to be interesting, although I must admit that I am looking forward to the RS Q3 race.