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2019 Audi Q3 teased ahead of July 25 reveal

By Tom Fraser, 24 Jul 2018 Car News

Audi ramps up the hype machine for its second-generation Q3 small SUV

2019 Audi Q3 teased ahead of July 25 reveal

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.

Read next: Audi Q3 review

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.

Read next: BMW X2 review

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.