Audi has actually produced the Q3 compact crossover because 2011, but didn’t provide it to stateside consumers up until after applying a refresh for the2015 model year. Given that its star-spangled arrival, the luxury-oriented high-stance five-door has actually published strong sales numbers, performing well in a sector laden with competition. Nowadays, as demand for small SUVs shows no indications of easing off, Audi is gearing up to release the second-generation Q3, and while we have yet to receive official specifications from the maker, our spy professional photographers simply captured a camo-clad test mule prepping for some real-world tests. Updates are expected for every area of the vehicle, including brand-new powerplant choices, more tech for the cabin, as well as exterior styling inspired by one of the greatest Audi models ever produced.
Unfortunately, the spy shots do not reveal much. That said, this is Audi we’re speaking about, and chances are the styling will remain rather similar to the existing Q3. That indicates narrow, sharply angled headlights with Xenon bulbs and LED daytime running lights, a large Singleframe grille, aluminum trim, roof rails, a spoiler on the hatch, and LED taillights. It also looks like though the exhaust tips will now come integrated with the rear bumper, but those black indents might also extremely well be faux louvers. Audi fans will be pleased to learn that the brand-new 2019 Audi Q3 will apparently draw styling hints from the rally-bred Audi Quattro, which break onto the scene in the ’80s in a blaze of glorious opposite lock.
Inside, anticipate all the very same classy materials and immaculate fit and surface Audi is known for. The design must echo the brand-new A4, with an upgraded steering wheel and less buttons on the dash. Installed in a commanding position above the center stack will be a large touchscreen, while Audi’s Virtual Cockpit (digital instrumentation) will occupy the gauge cluster. Leather upholstery will come basic, and clients will have a slew of colors to pick from.
Keeping it safe will be the most recent automated and safety technologies, such as automated braking, pedestrian screen, lane-keep help, rear cross traffic alert, and a blind area monitor. Other technology will consist of navigation, Bluetooth connectivity, voice control, and a Wi-Fi hotspot. In back will be a little extra freight area courtesy of the increased measurements– more than the present 16.71 square feet (48.2 square feet with the seats folded down). Rear seating must also benefit slightly from the increased length.
U.S. consumers will most likely get the very same drivetrain choices as in the past, with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automated transmission. Both FWD and AWD will be used. Presently, the Q3 makes 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, which is decent for the section. Nevertheless, I ‘d like to see Audi tune the four-banger for extra output and a little bit higher mpg, which is practically expected now with each succeeding model cycle (particularly when it comes to the next generation).
The 2019 Audi Q3 will likewise be offered as a diesel, however do not hold your breathe if you’re anticipating an oil burner option in the United States. One possibility, however, is a brand-new hybrid model, which would likely go worldwide if Audi made it. Another amazing possibility is the idea that Audi might lastly bring us the pumped-up performance variant, the RS Q3. This thing sports a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder draining around 340 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, which would be a far much better complement to the Quattro-inspired styling hints than anything else I can think of.
Pricing for the 2019 Audi Q3 is set at $33,700 for the entry-level trim (the Premium Plus) and $38,600 for the next phoned (the Prestige). We’ll more than likely see the second-gen Q3 launching some time late in the year, while early 2018 is also a possibility. In any case, testing appears to be in complete swing at this moment, so even more exposes are expected in the near future.