After dropping a teaser video recently about the upcoming Audi Q3, the German luxury automaker has officially revealed the second-generation Q3. The India-bound Q3 receives a number of updates compared to the outgoing model. Though the launch date is something too early to talk about, all we know is that Audi will definitely bring the SUV in the Indian market in early 2019.
In terms of design and looks, the 2019 Audi Q3 gets the front inspired by the flagship Q8 SUV, with slimmer LED headlights, though the top-spec trims are expected to get matrix LEDs with adaptive beams, a larger front grille and more pronounced shoulder lines. All these features make the upcoming Q3 completely different in terms of design from the one currently on sale in India. Also, Audi now offers the SUV in a dual-tone look, with a more vibrant color palette where the blacked-out bottom bits create the illusion of greater ride height that serves to accentuate the SUV-like look of the new Q3 and it will get an option to ride on wheels ranging from 17-inches to 20-inches.
At the interior, the next-gen Q3 is more spacious than the predecessor, based on a new version of VW’s ubiquitous MQB platform. This means the upcoming SUV will also be longer and wider than before. The automaker also offers the Q3 with adjustable boot space, now holding up to 675 litres of luggage and can be expanded to 1,525 litres thanks to the 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats. Adaptive damper tech and a list of several driver assistance systems such as cruise and park assist features, a 360 degree camera and pedestrian detection as well as the 10.25-inch instrument cluster as standard for the entry level trims while higher variants will get Audi’s Vitual Cockpit including a 12.3-inch screen with Google Earth maps and voice commands compatibility as an option.
Other than these, Audi has also offered two USB ports at the front with a Type C connector, two at the rear along with a 12V charging socket for the rear passengers along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone connectivity and a 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system.
In terms of powertrain, the second-generation Audi Q3 will come powered by the 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine producing 150 hp and 2.0-litre turbo-petrol motor in two tunes- 190 hp in the 40TFSI and 230 hp in the 45TFSI. Apart from these, the 2.0-litre diesel engine also gets two states of tune –the 35TDI producing 150 hp and the 40TDI churning out 190 hp. Currently, the outgoing model on sale in the Indian market gets a 1.4-litre turbo-petrol engine generating 150 hp and a 2.0-litre diesel in two tunes - 150 hp and 184 hp.
When launched, the 2019 Audi Q3 will take against the likes of the the BMW X1, Mercedes GLA and Volvo’s XC40 in the market. Recently, Audi has launched the Audi Q3 and the Audi Q7 Design Edition in the Indian market equipped with new features priced at Rs 40.76 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and Rs 82.37 lakh (ex-showroom, India) onwards respectively. Audi had announced in November 2017 that it will roll out a new model every three weeks in 2018. However, till now the manufacturer has stayed up to its promise with the reveal of the flagship A8, updated A4, new-gen A6, A1 and A7, refreshed TT and the all-new Q8 and now the 2019 Q3.
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