Audi has revealed the new generation of the Q5 at the last
Paris Auto show. As it was expected the new model is lighter,
more efficient, more dynamic and better equipped. The similar
story was with the flagship Q7 which came all new for the 2017
model year. The entry-level Q3 model is next in the line for
the redesign. So, it’s not strange that prototype version of
this model was spotted recently. It seems to be in the early
stage of testing and being heavily camouflaged it is clear that
this model is undergoing substantial changes. In that
context, this model will come as the all-new 2018 Audi Q3.
What should be changed?
The new 2018 Q3 is entering to its second generation and
significant upgrades are expected. It debuted in 2011 and
experienced the mid-life facelift in 2014. Now it should follow
the same redesign strategy as its larger relatives. So, the new
platform, improved dynamics, updated styling and interiors as
well as powertrains and technology are on the way.
2018 Audi Q3: Design, Platform
It’s not a news, that 2018 Audi Q3 will ride on the MQB
platform. This Volkswagen based platform should bring
significant improvement in integral rigidity and will reduce
model’s weight. More aluminum should also be used and we will
see how much lighter would this model be. As the result of
these better fuel efficiency, performance and safety scores
On the other hand, thick padding on the prototype model doesn’t
reveal specifics about the styling changes. However, we should
expect the same design strategy as on the new Q7 and Q5 models.
So, the new Q3 should get the latest, sharper version of the
single-frame grille and new LED lighting. Sculpted belt line,
hood and fenders will improve visual impression while the rear
end might continue with minor changes.
But, what might also be important, is that the prototype model
looks slightly larger. In the current form, it has 172.7 inches
in length and 72 inches in width. Additional inches would
improve rear seat legroom and would also leave more room for
the new more compact Q2 model.
As for the interior, it will likely follow with the same design
language as the new Q5 model. High-grade materials,
well-arranged controls, long list of standard features are out
of the question. Expanded rear leg room will also improve the
comfort of passengers and upgraded safety features will make
the drive safer.
2018 Audi Q3: Performance
When it comes to the performance, the engine options should not
come as the surprise. The question remains about power, torque
and fuel efficiency ratings but engine options should mimic
those available on the new version of the VW Tiguan.
The range of engines will include turbocharged four-cylinder
petrol and diesel units with a line of different outputs
depending on the market. Audi might also launch 2018 Audi Q3
The front wheel drive and all-wheel drive will be available.
Improved structural rigidity and reduced weight will also bring
better stability and performance as well as more fuel-efficient
2018 Audi Q3: Arrival, Price
The new 2018 Audi Q3 will follow after the arrival of the Q5
model. It will come either in late 2017 or early 2018. The
price, on the other hand, should stay close to the current
range despite the significant upgrades.