Audi RS Q3 facelift arriving next year

It was only last year in March at the Geneva Motor Show where we saw the Audi RS Q3 and it seems a facelift is already in the works and will allegedly be introduced sometime next year. Camouflaged prototypes of the high-performance crossover have already been caught on camera hiding what are believed to be minor cosmetic changes, including graphics tweaks for the headlights and taillights.

Audi will also offer the model with a fresh set of alloy wheels while inside the cabin there will be some modest tweaks to the fit and finish. A more important modification is believed to be the adoption of a complete digital instrument cluster derived from the third generation TT which could eliminate the necessity of an infotainment screen.

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Under the hood it will retain the current model’s 5-cylinder, 2.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine outputting 310 PS (228 kW) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) of torque. Mated to a 7-speed S tronic gearbox and a quattro AWD system, the 2015 Audi RS Q3 facelift will need only 5.5 seconds until 62 mph (100 km/h) prior to hitting a top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

These figures are very impressive taking into consideration the crossover weighs 1,730 kg (3,814 lbs). Despite the hefty curb weight and impressive performances, the Audi RS Q3 manages to have a fuel consumption of only 8.8 liters / 100 km with corresponding CO2 emissions of 206 g/km.

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Chances are the facelifted variant will be a tad more expensive compared to the current model.

Adrian Padeanu

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