Underpinned by the MQB platform, the next-gen SUV will be larger than its outgoing model and get the power from new petrol motors.
Audi has revealed the facelifted version of the Q3 luxury compact SUV. Internationally debuted in 2011, the Audi Q3 was introduced to the Indian auto market in 2012 before receiving a facelift in 2015. The latest model, which is projected to come to India in mid 2019, will sport considerable updates from the outgoing model inside out as well as in terms of the mechanical engines as well. Read on to discover some important things you need to know about the facelifted Audi Q3.
The 2019 Audi Q3 will experience some alterations as regards the exterior, interior and the engine
1. The new platform will help the 2019 Audi Q3 grow in dimensions
The first thing that sets the new-gen Audi Q3 apart from the current model is the platforms which underpin the two cars. Unlike the previous-gen Q3 which has used the PQ35 platform, the new Audi Q3 will be supported by the MQB platform of the Volkswagen Group, which is also adopted by other products of the group such as the Skoda Karoq, Octavia, Kodiaq, Superb; the Volkswagen Passat Tiguan; and the Audi A3 and TT. The new modular platform will raise the dimensions of the SUV.
To be more specific, the 2019 Q3 SUV will measure greater in length and width by 97mm, 25mm; however, it will be slightly shorter, by 23mm. It will have a 77mm longer wheelbase. All of these will contribute to a more amber cabin. Audi has claimed that the new-gen Audi’s final seat row can be adjusted by moving forwards or backwards by 150mm. Therefore, its 530-litre boot space can be expanded to a 1,525-litre one with the rear seat completely folded, which is able to house a bicycle.
Refer to the table below for a detailed comparison of the dimensions between the new Audi Q3 and the current model
||Current Audi Q3
||2019 Audi Q3
|| - 23mm
| Boot space
|| 460 litres
|| 530 litres
2. The 2019 Audi Q3 will have an aggressive appearance
Taking the design cues from the Q8 SUV, the Audi Q3 will look much more muscular and robust than the previous model. In the front, it will come with a wide, one-frame chrome grille with vertical slats which divides it into eight parts. Moreover, there will also be a more angular bumper with wide air dams. Novel wedge-like LED headlamps with geometric LED DRLS will also be another outstanding feature of the new Audi Q3.
The 2019 Audi Q3 front will have some new features such as a newly-designed grille, a more angular bumper
On the side profile, a significant shoulder line will extend from the bonnet to the rear of the car; the typical contours on the wheel arches of Audi will make the SUV much wider, the brand-new aluminium wheels measure from 17 up to 20 inches in diameter. All of these features will contribute to the sportiness of the vehicle.
The new features on the side profile of the new Audi Q3 will add to its sportiness
In the rear, the new Q3 SUV will be equipped with spoilers on both sides of the rear windshield, polishing LED taillights. The bumper will also be redesigned with a faux skid plate and trapezoidal exhaust pipes on the two sides.
The rear of the 2019 Audi Q3 will also witness some tweaks against the previous model
3. The 2019 Audi Q3 will have a top-notch cabin
Like the exterior, the new Q3 SUV will be also be inspired by the Q8. The large dashboard is expected to come with an 8.1-inch infotainment screen which can be upgraded to 10.1-inch. One thing that makes the 2019 Audi Q3 different from the Q8 is that the former will sport four independent AC vents rather than continuous louvres in the latter. The touch panel controls for the air conditioner in the Q8 will also give way to the traditional knob-type units.
Another cutting-edge feature in the 2019 Audi Q3 is the 10.25-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit instrument cluster (upgradable to a 12.3-icnh unit), which can be recognized in all new products of Audi. You can control this system through a novel multifunctional driving wheel. Other expected interior features include
Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity supported by the infotainment system
Ambient lighting system with 30 colours
15-speaker Olufsen and Bang sound system
Heated driving wheel
Dual-zone climate control
The 2019 Audi Q3 is expected to be available with a top-notch cabin with a lot of advanced features
With 95% for adult passengers protection, 86% for children protection, 85% for safety assist systems, the 2019 Audi Q3 is expected to leave the customers with no doubt or worry about safety with an array of safety and driver support features consisting of
Traffic-aware cruise control with traffic jam and active lane assistant
Lane departure warning system
Advanced parking guidance system
Blind spot monitor
Cross-traffic assist system
360-degree view camera with information displayed on the infotainment screen
Space and seating
With greater dimensions, the Audi Q3 is expected to offer the passengers with an amber cabin. The driving position can be flexibly adjusted to provide the driver with the most comfortable driving experience. The bendable rear seat row gives the rear passengers more amber headroom and kneeroom. Overall, the Audi Q3 is a really a practical vehicle.
The foldable rear seat will offer passengers an amber boot space as well as knee room and headroom
4. The 2019 Audi Q3 will have multiple engine options
The Europe-spec Q3 is available with four motor options: three petrol engines and one diesel unit with a power range from 150PS to 230PS. While in the petrol variants, the transmission duties can be undertaken by 7-speed AT gearbox and a 6-speed MT unit coming later, the diesel engine is mated to a standard 6-speed MT gearbox. The 2019 Audi Q3 will also be offered with the Quattro all-wheel-drive system, as the current model. Let’s expect that all these engine options and the 4WD system will make their way to India.
The 2019 Audi Q3 is expected to be available with multiple engine options
The luxurious Audi Q3 SUV is expected to come to the Indian auto market by mid 2019. Once launched here, it is likely to have a price range from Rs 32 lakh for the base variant to Rs 40 lakh for the top variant. The expected rivals include the Volvo XC40, the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the BMW X1.
With such an aggressive appearance which is typical of an SUV, a practical and cutting-edge cabin as well as multiple engine options, the 2019 Audi Q3 is expected to become a popular SUV with the Indian auto buyers. Moreover, it can also help the luxurious German automaker to penetrate deeper into the Indian SUV segment in particular and the Indian auto market in general. Let’s look forward to the launch of this premium SUV in India in mid 2019 and see how would it operate in India.
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