Audi has been caught testing the new generation Q3 in heavily camouflaged clothes.
Despite the camouflage, it appears that Audi may be ready to launch the Q3 in a three door version. The new generation Audi Q3 will be amongst the latest to rely on the MQB platform from Volkswagen. Apart from using the lightweight platform, sharing parts with Volkswagen also helps Audi price their products much more competitively. The German company has been registering impressive numbers even in the wake of the diesel gate scandal. However, they continue to remain third in the top three luxury car makers – behind Mercedes and BMW.
The new Audi Q3 is expected to be a major part of the company’s portfolio from 2017 onwards. The compact SUV has already contributed to significant market share in various regions across the world. It is widely expected that the next generation Q3 will be launched in late 2017 or in the first quarter of 2018.
Despite the heavy camouflage, it becomes apparent that the Audi Q3 will come with traditional aspects for the rear taillights. The single frame grille in the front will feature the traditional Audi look.
The biggest expectations are that the next-generation Audi Q3 will grow in size in order to accommodate the Audi Q2. Even though the company recently admitted that the Q2 could cannibalize sales within its own portfolio, they are going big on the compact SUV. The recently launched Q2 has an overall length of 4191 mm while the existing Q3 comes in at 4385 mm. Going up further, the mid-size Audi Q5 measures 4639 mm while the range topping Q7 has a length of 5070 mm.
Audi clearly see that the next generation Q3 can be moved forward slightly so as to not cannibalize the sales of the Q5 while giving room for the Q2.
Just like the MQB platform being taken from Volkswagen group, the new Audi Q3 is expected to use the engines from the second-generation Tiguan. This means a range of turbocharged petrol and turbocharged diesel engines.
Some of the new features that could make its debut on the Audi Q3 include the virtual cockpit, which has become a huge hit since its introduction in the 2016 Audi A4, full LED headlamps, and 4G LTE support. Top end models will come with Bang & Olufsen stereo as standard.