Audi has revealed the new generation of the Q5 at the last Paris Auto show. As it was expected the new model is lighter, more efficient, more dynamic and better equipped. The similar story was with the flagship Q7 which came all new for the 2017 model year. The entry-level Q3 model is next in the line for the redesign. So, it’s not strange that prototype version of this model was spotted recently. It seems to be in the early stage of testing and being heavily camouflaged it is clear that this model is undergoing substantial changes. In that context, this model will come as the all-new 2018 Audi Q3.
What should be changed?
The new 2018 Q3 is entering to its second generation and significant upgrades are expected. It debuted in 2011 and experienced the mid-life facelift in 2014. Now it should follow the same redesign strategy as its larger relatives. So, the new platform, improved dynamics, updated styling and interiors as well as powertrains and technology are on the way.
2018 Audi Q3: Design, Platform
It’s not a news, that 2018 Audi Q3 will ride on the MQB platform. This Volkswagen based platform should bring significant improvement in integral rigidity and will reduce model’s weight. More aluminum should also be used and we will see how much lighter would this model be. As the result of these better fuel efficiency, performance and safety scores will come.
On the other hand, thick padding on the prototype model doesn’t reveal specifics about the styling changes. However, we should expect the same design strategy as on the new Q7 and Q5 models. So, the new Q3 should get the latest, sharper version of the single-frame grille and new LED lighting. Sculpted belt line, hood and fenders will improve visual impression while the rear end might continue with minor changes.
But, what might also be important, is that the prototype model looks slightly larger. In the current form, it has 172.7 inches in length and 72 inches in width. Additional inches would improve rear seat legroom and would also leave more room for the new more compact Q2 model.
As for the interior, it will likely follow with the same design language as the new Q5 model. High-grade materials, well-arranged controls, long list of standard features are out of the question. Expanded rear leg room will also improve the comfort of passengers and upgraded safety features will make the drive safer.
2018 Audi Q3: Performance
When it comes to the performance, the engine options should not come as the surprise. The question remains about power, torque and fuel efficiency ratings but engine options should mimic those available on the new version of the VW Tiguan.
The range of engines will include turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel units with a line of different outputs depending on the market. Audi might also launch 2018 Audi Q3 e-tron version.
The front wheel drive and all-wheel drive will be available. Improved structural rigidity and reduced weight will also bring better stability and performance as well as more fuel-efficient ride.
2018 Audi Q3: Arrival, Price
The new 2018 Audi Q3 will follow after the arrival of the Q5 model. It will come either in late 2017 or early 2018. The price, on the other hand, should stay close to the current range despite the significant upgrades.