As the oldest model in Audi‘s current lineup, the next-generation Q3 crossover is getting some much-needed changes.
Set to arrive dealerships next year as a 2019 model, the new Audi Q3 will ride on Volkswagen’s popular MQB platform, helping it shed weight. More importantly however, the platform will also allow the new Q3 to take advantage of electrified powertrains while offering more space than before. For the most part, the new Q3 won’t grow significantly in size, but it will be about 2.36 inches longer (60mm) and 1.97 inches wider (50mm). The wheelbase is expected to be stretched about 1.97 inches (50mm).
Those changes will make the Q3 more practical by providing more interior space for passengers in the rear. Expect cargo space in the trunk to also increase compared to the current model.
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Although it’s still heavily camouflaged, we can tell by the prototype the new Q3 will follow in the second-generation Q5’s footsteps in terms of style and design. So look for modest changes to the exterior for the compact crossover that will receive a new front grille and sharper LED headlights.
The bigger changes will be inside the cabin, which should receive a sleeker and more streamlined design, similar to the Audi Q5. The German automaker’s Virtual Cockpit will replace the conventional instrument cluster found on the driver’s side, while the dash will have a more horizontal than vertical design.
With the new platform, don’t be surprised to see a plug-in hybrid e-tron model added to the lineup a year after it initially arrives. Rumors suggest an all-electric version is also under consideration that would share its underpinnings with the updated Volkswagen e-Golf. And those looking for more performance can keep their eyes on the RS Q3, sporting Audi’s turbocharged five-cylinder engine.