If there’s a car in the Audi lineup that needs a serious refresh, it’s the Audi Q3. This current-generation Q3 was too old to compete with its competition two years ago. Now, it’s downright ancient. Since the Audi Q3 became irrelevant, these cars have debuted: BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Infiniti QX30 (the Infiniti and Mercedes are basically the same car) and Lexus NX. All of those cars are better than the Q3. So it’s a good thing that the next-gen iteration of the Audi Q3 has been caught doing some winter testing. It shows that Audi is working on it. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)
While the current-gen car is still based on the same chassis that underpinned the MkVI VW Golf, this new one will be built on the VW Groups’ MQB architecture. That’s the same one that underpins the Audi S3 and MkVII Golf and it’s really very good.
Using the new MQB architecture, the new Audi Q3 will be lighter, stiffer, more dynamic and far more high-tech than before. It will also receive Audi’s new design language, replacing the old swollen-hatchback styling of the current car. So it will get Audi’s new signature Singleframe grille, angular headlights and narrow taillights. It’s also more aggressive looking than the current car.
Inside, it should have a very similar interior to that of the current crop of MQB Audi cars. Expect a bit of a combination of the A4 and A3. It will also gain Audi’s new MMI system with an optional Virtual Cockpit. Considering how new it will be, it could even get the same new Virtual Cockpit as the new Audi A8.
Powering the new Audi Q3 will likely be the same quite of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines you’ll find in all small Audis. So expect a turbo three-pot in the base model Q3 and a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-pot in the top of the line version. There also could be a plug-in hybrid variant as well as a performance variant. We’re hearing rumors of an Audi RS Q3 that will pack the same 2.5 liter turbocharged five-cylinder as the Audi RS3. That would make around 400 hp and be very fun.