The transition to the new MQB platform will help the new Q3 shed weight, add more space and also allow plug-in hybrid tech compatibility. Despite the footprint being similar, the length/width/wheelbase will see mild increments (60/50/50mm respectively). It will translate into more rear passenger space and liberate some extra boot space too. These will essentially boost the overall practicality factor.
Although Audi is looking to plug its next Q3 with a hybrid drivetrain, it won’t be available at the time of launch and will join the line-up at a later date. The powertrain is expected to comprise of a 1.4-litre TFSI engine and an electric motor. There’s also talk about an all-electric Q3 hitting the horizon eventually. That said, the interiors will be heavily revised. It will sport a more ergonomic layout, on the same lines as the larger Q5, with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit instrumentation finding a place in the new car.
The next Q3 will arrive at showrooms across the globe in 2018, so stay tuned for the details.