Preliminary details are starting to emerge about the second generation Audi Q3 compact crossover. We are still waiting for Audi to unveil the facelifted Q3 but already reports are referring to the all-new model which is believed to come out sometime in 2018. According to German media, the vehicle will allegedly grow in size in order to better distance itself from the upcoming Q1 set to go on sale in 2016.
Expect the engine lineup to be largely sourced from the new Volkswagen Tiguan but there should also be an economical ultra-badged version which will make use of a three-cylinder 1.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine generating 110 HP (81 kW) sent to the wheels through a revised S tronic gearbox. This hardware setup will allow the Audi Q3 ultra offer a “surprisingly low fuel consumption” rating, although an exact figure has not been specified.
The second generation Audi Q3 will also receive not one but two high-performance versions, including a Q3 RS rated at approximately 400 HP (294 kW) as well as a Q3 RS TDI offering 258 HP (190 kW) or as much as 272 HP (200 kW). A plug-in hybrid derivative could also be in the works but don’t expect these special versions to be launched from day one so we will likely seem them in 2019 or even 2020.
Note: 2014 Audi RS Q3 pictured