Audi released the new Q2 a short while ago, a crossover which is roughly the same size as the Q3 but cheaper. In order to change that it looks like there is a massive update coming for Audi’s crossover. This should hit the market with the future 2020 Audi Q3 and it should feature quite a few upgrades over its predecessor. For starters, the car is set to ditch its current platform for VW’s all-new MQB modular architecture. This means it will remain front wheel drive with a transverse front engine. While this is great for the people inside, as there will be more available space, it also means it will be inferior to the A4 or the Q5 when it comes to driving characteristics. Even so, the Q3 should still be a major step-up over its predecessor.
2020 Audi Q3 Review
The new MQB platform means the car is going to offer much better structural rigidity and a lower overall weight. The end result will be a car that will drive better while also being faster and more efficient.
The new platform will come with a longer wheelbase than before and a wider track. While none of these has been confirmed, we managed to take a good look at the camouflaged test mule.
This definitely looked larger but interestingly enough, lower than its predecessor. With the new architecture, the Q3 should also boast a different suspension system. This time around the higher end versions of the car is going to receive adaptive dampers.
The brakes will be larger as well, at least for the higher end models of the car. The base models will get slightly smaller brakes than before but the stopping distance should still be better thanks to the car’s lower weight.
While its predecessor looked like an Audi A3 on stilts, this is no longer going to be the case with the new 2020 Audi Q3. From the spy shots, we can clearly see Audi’s new corporate look, which we’ve seen on the A4 and 5 as well. There is a new set of headlights, a more aggressive bumper as well as a new set of proportions.
The car is wider and lower than before and together with the slightly arched roof-line, it looks a lot more aggressive than ever before. This time around it looks like the tail lights are not going to be on the tailgate which is interesting to see.
The current model has roughly the same cabin as an old Tiguan. The future 2020 Audi Q3 is finally going to change that. We expect it to share quite a few mode design cues with both the A4 and with VW’s newest crossovers. The dashboard is still going to be relatively tall for this class.
However, the materials will be better and the more minimalist feel will allow the new Q3 to rise above its rivals. Even though the car will be lower, there should still be more than enough available room inside the cabin.
Engine and Specs
The base model will likely get a 1.5 liter turbo-four good for around 150 horsepower. Further up the range, the Q3 should get a 2.0-liter engine good for anything between 200 and up to 280 horsepower. A 2.0-liter diesel offering between 150 and 200 horsepower is going to be an option as well.
|2018 Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI||Short Specs|
|Engine||Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4|
|Transmission||6-Speed Tiptronic Automatic|
|Gas Mileage||20/28 mpg City/Hwy|
|Body Style||Sport Utility|
All these engines should get a 7 speed automatic and all-wheel drive on the higher end versions of the car. Only the most basic diesel and petrol engines will also receive a 6 speed manual alongside front wheel drive.
Release and Price
As the camouflaged test mule of the 2020 Audi Q3 looked pretty much ready to go, it is safe to assume they will unveil the car in the upcoming months. However, it looks like the car is not going on sale at least until 2019.
This is likely because there is still a large amount of unsold Q3s and Audi likely wants the Q2 to get a better hold of the market as well.
The price of the car should not change all that much over its predecessor. The base model is likely going to hover around $34,000 with the higher end versions going to as far as $50,000 or more.
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