The Audi Q3 has served as the brand’s entry level SUV offering since 2011, and now, seven years after the first generation model went on sale, Audi’s new Q3 enters its second generation, sporting a bold, aggressive design neatly detailed in a slightly bigger package.
As the all-new Q8 is considered to be the new face of the brand’s SUV line-up, it is inevitable that the Q3’s sheetmetal is inspired from the flagship SUV. As such, it gets a bold and sharp front end, featuring vertical grille bars wrapped in an octagonal Singleframe grille. Optional Matrix LED headlights flank the car’s bold front grille. A satin chrome finish surrounds the grille, while a character line likewise finished in satin chrome trim runs along the width of the front end. It is a design trait that eschews its predecessor’s conservative shape. The rear, meanwhile, is more conventional Audi, with LED tail lights and a more aggressive rear bumper finishing off the Q3’s new, sharper looks. The Q3 slightly grows in size, too, being 96.5 mm longer and having a 76 mm longer wheelbase compared to its predecessor.
Like the exterior, the Q3’s interior has also been completely redesigned, with better materials and finishes. All variants are equipped as standard with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster, which in the Q3’s case is a 12.3-inch screen that replaces the analog gauges. Working together with the Virtual Cockpit is Audi’s MMI infotainment system, which is the same touch-screen based version from the Audi A8 and Q8 flagships. As standard, the MMI radio features an 8.8-inch touch screen display, while the MMI navigation plus features a larger 10.1-inch touch screen display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto is standard, as well as two USB ports. Additionally, the Q3 can be fitted with a Bang & Olufsen sound system.
At launch, the Audi Q3 will be available with an initial line-up of three engines, one of them being the 2.0 TFSI petrol engine produces 190 hp, mated to a 7-speed DSG dual clutch transmission. Power is sent through all four wheels via Audi’s quattro all wheel drive system.
As always, these new vehicles comes standard with a slew of active safety and convenience features that range from adaptive cruise control, park assist, and speed limit warning.
The Audi Q3 will go on sale this November in Europe, while a Philippine launch will commence on a later date.