Audi took its wraps off of the next gen 2019 Audi Q3—a popular subcompact crossover SUV—with a design revamp and addition of a number of modern features.
The all-new Audi is among the smallest crossovers launched by the company, and will come with both petrol and diesel engine variants – except in the US, where it will only be sold with a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine. The Q3 entered production back in 2011 and is more of a lifestyle/sports automobile than an off-road SUV.
Though Audi might launch a faster RS Q3 version. The previous RS Q3 had a 2.5-liter five-cylinder turbo motor capable of producing up to 367HP.
Let’s take a look at its exterior, interior, and other details.
Audi went for an aggressive design on the new generation Q3. The exaggerated front grille looks quite similar to the top-end Q8 SUV, there are also unsubtle sharp edges that add to the muscular, yet sporty look for the outer frame.
Even so, the design is inline with the rest of the company’s lineup. The front has the same, but satisfying Audi vibe to it with those exasperated headlights and pointy corners. If we compare to the previous generation, there are many noticeable changes, as well as improvements that push Q3 to the new-age market.
The crossover SUV has grown in size. Its wheelbase has stretched 3.1 inches while the body is now 3.8 inches longer than before. Audi’s Q3 has always been aimed for people who want something sporty yet practical – the new design qualifies.
Being a part of Audi’s luxury lineup, the Q3 gets its fair share of technological upgrades. It packs a feature-rich infotainment system, with cloud voice controls that are easier, and less infuriating to use. Features also include internet access, mobile hotspot, improved search as well as traffic and parking information.
Audi also packed USB ports to charge your devices, including dedicated Type-C ports. Both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are supported as well. Other features include adaptive cruise control, a giant 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, and an 8.8-inch touchscreen to control infotainment.
For extra cost, you can also get a 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit display or a 10.1-inch screen for infotainment instead of the 8.8-inch version.
It also has two-zone air conditioning, auxiliary heating, heating steering wheel, and a panoramic glass sunroof. Much like most of its lineup, the Q3’s audio system comes from Bang and Oflusen with virtual 3D sound with 15 loudspeakers placed on different spots across the interior body.
Engine, Price, & Availability
Audi says that its going to launch the Q3 with four different engine options that range between 150 to 230 bhp. All four are turbocharged, and are four-cylinder direct injection motors. These engines can be paired with either front-wheel drive or Audi’s signature quattro drive configuration.
The internals are highly customizable – you can pick either 6-speed manual transmission or a fast-shifting 7-speed S tronic gearbox system for the Q3.
Audi has not released official pricing figures yet. More details will become available when it gets launched later in November this year. The initial launch is expected to happen in some European countries, with a global rollout for the US and other countries planned for later.