A NEW Audi Q3 is on the horizon and Audi has revealed a few morsels of information about its upcoming small SUV in a teaser video released overnight.
Shielded by shadows, you can see some visual details of the updated Q3 design like the reshaped headlights, sharply designed grille and light-up dash emblem. The changes in design aim to bring the new Q3 in-line with Audi’s current design language and position it as a sibling to Audi’s newly-unveiled flagship SUV, the Q8.
Following closely behind the releases of the new Q8, A1 and TT, Audi’s showroom refresh is hitting full stride. Being a volume-selling SUV, the Q3 is arguably the most commercially important model in the German automaker’s product pipeline, and is expected to be revealed in full tomorrow, July 25.
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It’s set to be built on Volkswagen’s modular MQB platform, which also serves in the Volkswagen Tiguan, Skoda Karoq and Audi Q2, not to mention the Golf.
And the box-fresh Q3 can’t come soon enough, seeing as the now-seven-year-old small SUV is currently one of the oldest Audis currently on sale. Its core rivals such as the BMW X1 and X2, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class and Volvo XC40 are all significantly newer too.
It’s expected to be powered by similar engines to what powers the current line-up, namely the 1.4-litre TFSI COD, the 2.0-litre TDI diesel and 2.0-litre TFSI petrol engines. There will also be a choice of front or rear-wheel drive versions, with dual-clutch automatic transmissions across the range.
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Sportier variants from the Audi Sport division are expected to follow in 2019 and 2020, with the brand likely to develop another five-cylinder turbocharged RSQ3 while also introducing a more attainably-priced four-cylinder SQ3 offering beneath it.
Stay tuned for the full worldwide release of the Q3 in the coming days.