Audi is currently preparing the Q3 to enter its second iteration as a 2018 model. This compact crossover has been around since 2011 when the crossover segment wasn’t as heavily contested as today. Expect the all-new Q3 to ride on the VW’s MQB architecture that underpins the A3 and VW Tiguan. Adopting the new platform will allow the Q3 to shed weight and offer a more spacious cabin. On top of that, expect Audi to introduce a plug-in hybrid or even an all-electric variant at some point. Some sources suggest that the 2018 Audi Q3 could bow in September at the 2017 Frankfurt auto show. In that case, expect the sales to commence in late 2017 or early 2018.
2018 Audi Q3 Design
The second-generation Audi Q3 will grow in size slightly, compared to the outgoing model. Expect it to be 60 mm longer and 50 mm wider, with its wheelbase stretched by 50 mm. As a result, the new Q3 will provide more cabin space as well as a more generous cargo capacity. Design-wise, Audi will apply a similar approach to that used on the second-generation Q5. So, expect this sleek crossover to receive mostly evolutionary changes. The most noticeable alterations will include a new front grille as well as sharper LED headlights.
More radical changes are expected when it comes to the redesigned Q3’s interior. A much cleaner and simpler layout should replace the current model’s cluttered dashboard and center stack. The 2018 Audi Q3 will also feature the company’s Virtual Cockpit display instead of the conventional instrument cluster. Thanks to a new horizontal theme, the dashboard will appear much wider than before.
2018 Q3 Engine Range
The 2018 Audi Q3’s conventional range will consist of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. With displacements of 1.5 and 2.0 liters, their power outputs should range from 148 to 218 horsepower. As for the RS Q3, it is likely to use Audi’s latest five-cylinder turbo with 394 horsepower. Expect this engine to come paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with Quattro four-wheel drive. Finally, the new MQB platform will allow Audi’s engineers to fit the Q3 with a plug-in hybrid e-tron. The gas-electric system is likely to comprise a 1.4-liter TFSI powertrain and an electric motor. However, the hybrid-powered model is expected to arrive at a later date.
Details concerning the pricing and performance figures for the 2018 Audi Q3 should hopefully surface within the next few months. In any case, we expect Audi’s latest crossover SUV to become a serious contender in this highly popular segment.