Audi has just taken the covers off the all-new 2018 Q3, a car that has been in need of a big update for quite some time. Thankfully, Audi has given it their latest design cues, technologies and driver assistance systems. Here’s how it looks like from all angles.
Up front there is a single frame grille with an octagonal design and eight vertical bars, a large side air inlets and slim headlights finished in a wedge shape. They use LED technology in all versions and are paired with LED daytime running lamps.
Highlights along the side include the symmetrical lighting graphics of the headlights and rear lights. There is also a long roof edge spoiler, which flanks the rear window at the side and the steeply raked D pillars.
The new Q3 will be available in a choice of 11 paint colours, and initially in Sport or S line specification, the latter featuring an exclusive design for the bumpers, sill trims and diffuser. LED headlamps and dynamic rear indicators will be standard for these versions.
The cabin is clearly inspired by the brand’s full-size models. Its focal point is a reductive instrument panel which references the motif of the single frame and is surrounded by a wide chrome strip. The gloss black trim surrounds the new central element: the MMI touch display.
The new Q3 has a number of driver assistance systems. These include side assist, lane departure warning, pre sense warning and braking, park assist and adaptive cruise control.
At launch four engines will power the new Audi Q3 - three TFSI and one TDI. Their power outputs range from 150bhp to 230bhp. All four engines are four-cylinder direct injection units with turbocharging.
The entry-level engine is the 1.5-litre TFSI with 150bhp and 250 Nm of torque. It uses the cylinder on demand efficiency system, which temporarily switches off two cylinders at low load. Using the new Audi naming convention it will be badged 35 TFSI.
The 2.0-litre TFSI unit in the Audi Q3 40 TFSI has 190bhp and develops maximum torque of 320 Nm. In its uprated form - the 45 TFSI – it has 230bhp and 350 Nm of torque. Both engines are coupled as standard with the seven-speed S tronic and use quattro all-wheel drive. In the diesel engine line-up, the 2.0-litre unit with 150bhp and 340 Nm of torque is the lead-in version. The Q3 35 TDI is initially available with a manual transmission and quattro all-wheel drive. Following the market launch, a 2.0 TDI developing 190PS will extend the engine range.
The new Audi Q3 will go on sale in Europe soon, ahead of its first deliveries in late 2018. Pricing and full specification will be confirmed nearer to the introduction date. It will come to India sometime next year, to compete against the likes of the BMW X1 and the recently introduced Volvo XC40.