The Audi Q3 is the brand’s smallest and most affordable crossover SUV in the lineup which compared to its toughest rivals, provides more comfort and more luxurious cabin, but it is less fuel economical. It is fun to drive and because of its dimensions, it is easy to park and maneuver. The 2018 model year has just entered the market and has arrived in two trim levels which include Premium and Premium Plus. As well, it has also added a new convenience package with auto-dimming interior mirror, a power tailgate, Audi advanced key etc. However, the manufacturer is currently working on the next generation model which will be presented next year and will go on sale as the 2020 Audi Q3.
The second generation Audi Q3 has been spied during its testing alongside the current Q3 model so we could spot the differences between these two models. However, visually, there won’t be any major changes. On the engine front, the Q3 will offer 4-cylinder units and probably a plug-in hybrid engine. As well, it should also offer a sporty SQ3 model which will have the output of up to 400 horsepower. Furthermore, it will ride on the new platform and it is going to be lighter and roomier than its forerunner. The interior will be revised and inspired by the larger Q5 model.
2020 Audi Q3 powertrain
The 2020 Audi Q3 will be powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine. This unit will be able to make 200 hp and the torque of 207 pound-feet. It will work with a 6-speed automatic and will come standard with front-wheel drive. However, the all-wheel drive will be optional. This engine is rated at 20 mpg in the city, 28 mpg on the highway, and 23 mpg combined.
The SQ3 variant will get a 2.5-liter inline-5 twin-turbocharged engine which will be able to deliver around 400 horsepower. Furthermore, at some point in future, the Q3 should also receive a plug-in hybrid powertrain. However, for more information and specific details, we will have to wait for the Company’s official announcement.
Design of exterior and interior
Like we have said above, the 2020 Audi Q3 has been caught during the testing alongside the current model. And at first glance, we can conclude that it is going to be influenced by the larger Q5. However, its body will be better proportioned. As well, it will ride on the familiar MQB platform which is also used by the VW Group compact vehicles. Furthermore, the SQ3 variant should get larger wheels and quad exhaust pipes.
Inside, the 2020 Audi Q3 will also be redesigned and also based on the Audi Q5. So, we can expect revised center console and the dashboard. Moreover, some upgrades in the technology front are also very likely to happen too.
Release date and price
The 2020 Audi Q3 should enter the showrooms sometime during 2019. The pricing is not known so far. However, we believe that it is going to be higher than the price of the current which starts at roughly $33,000.