The second generation of the compact Audi Q3 SUV shows promises. However, the company continues the development of the vehicle. The new generation could be delayed, although we saw the premiere recently. The first model to appear could be the 2020 Audi Q3. Afterward, we will see a hybrid and the performance-oriented RS version. All in all, the new compact crossover is worth of waiting.
Spy shots and teaser images are there to warm up the things surrounding the 2020 Audi Q3. Exterior redesign and interior changes are stunning. However, the German carmaker keeps the clean design and elegant look of its compact SUV. Info about the drivetrains is still missing. We hope specs details will be launched soon, so we can compare it to its rivals, mainly Volvo XC40 and BMW X1.
When Is New Audi Q3 Coming Out?
This is not so simple question. The company already presented the vehicle, but the official data about the release date is not available yet. Fans and enthusiasts would love to see it next season, as the 2019 year model. But, it is almost certain that the new generation of the SUV will start with 2020 Audi Q3. Even if the company launches the crossover as next year edition, it will be a teaser for the model coming out next year.
Although the 2020 Audi Q3 brings many changes, the price shouldn’t jump. A lot of new parts, efforts, and money for development are spent. But, to be competitive, Q3 can’t boost the cost. The good thing is that the vehicle is slightly cheaper from its rivals, so there is room to add $1,000 or $2,000 more. All in all, the price is not going to exceed $35,000 for the base models.
On the other hand, we have upper trim levels, various packages, and for the 2020 Audi Q3, the RS model is coming. So, when we add this, the price of the SUV will be above $50k. Also, the hybrid variant could be an option for the next-gen Q3. In mild-variant, it is not going to cost too much above the starting price of the base vehicle.
2020 Audi Q3 Changes and Redesign
The second generation crossover had its presentation. Well, it is still early to talk about the production model, but the 2020 Audi Q3 looks like ready for salons. We believe only small modifications could happen between now and dealership launch.
Well, designers keep the good-old MQB platform as the base for building 2020 Audi Q3. The vehicle comes back with the same characteristics are before. It is a compact, good-looking, not too aggressive, SUV for an everyday ride in urban areas.
Up front, we can see the single-frame grille with vertical bars, eight in total. Headlights are keeping LED lamps and they are narrower than before.
Compared to its predecessor, the 2020 Audi Q3 is longer. Well, a 1 inch is not a notable change, but true fans will spot it in specs sheet. On the other hand, wheelbase extension for 3 inches is definitely something to care about. There will be more interior room, while the SUV adds more balance for a ride. Height and width are nearly the same as before. By default, there are 18-inch wheels in the US. For example, European and Japanese buyers can find 16-inch wheels for this crossover. Premium trim levels include 19- and 20-inch rims.
2020 Audi Q3 Interior
The crossover keeps the clean and elegant look of its cabin. Even the base models are comfortable, although this is a compact model. Well, buyers can always opt for richer offer and premium trim levels. For the 2020 Audi Q3, there are three of them. Upper versions include options such as Alcantara leather and a 12-inch screen. By default, there is a 10-inch infotainment display.
The infotainment system brings new features. Audi is proud to present the new voice commands which are now more precise than ever. Also, developers worked on simplifying the controls and use of the MMI. Navigation is still optional and now comes with more features than ever.
2020 Audi Q3 To Offer Four Engines
For the upcoming 2020 Audi Q3, the company is preparing four different engines. However, only one will be available for the US market. Details are not official, but the belief is strong that engineers are improving the current 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit. The only thing we know is that three petrol powertrains are using turbochargers and all of them have the same amount of cylinders – four.
Depending on configuration and market, the 2020 Audi Q3 will be ready to deliver between 150-240 horses. The only one diesel unit will be the leader in torque level. However, this one will create the least amount of hp. A seven-speed automatic gearbox is the only option for vehicles that will appear in the United States. In Europe, we will see the Q3 with the manual 6-pace transmission. Finally, the Quattro system is standard for the North American edition, while all other markets will use a 2WD as the base offer.
2020 Audi RS Q3
The 2020 Audi RS Q3 will re-attain the same drivetrain as before. But, this time, engineers will tune it differently. Works on the mill will increase its power output over 400 hp. Only this is the good reason to wait for more updates about the RS Q3. Of course, there will be many more details coming in the next couple of months. The German carmaker will unveil this version piece by piece since the priority remains the base 2020 Audi Q3.
2020 Audi Q3 Hybrid
This is another breathtaking novelty for the upcoming crossover. If this happens, the Audi will start a new chapter in the compact luxury class. Well, some other companies are already out there with hybrid models, such as Lexus and its NX. To catch up with them and others, the 2020 Audi Q3 will get a mild-hybrid system. The increase of the power and mileage are good reasons to develop the new drivetrain. However, it is not cheap to create an electric generator and attach it to the petrol engine. But, the company must react fast, since the entire industry is moving towards electrification. The compact class of SUV vehicles is the first one to launch all innovations.