Audi has introduced the second-generation Q3 crossover.
Continuing the German automaker’s tradition of evolutionary changes rather than revolutionary ones, the 2019 Audi Q3 looks familiar but certainly more modern. Its predecessor’s design was first introduced in 2011, so the luxury crossover was due for a makeover. Growing slightly, the 2019 Audi Q3 looks to offer more in a segment that’s become very competitive in recent years with entries from BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, and more. The new Q3 is 3.8 inches longer and almost an inch wider, while the wheelbase has been stretched three inches. Cargo space has increased from 16.7 cubic feet to 18.7 with the rear seats up, and to 53.9 (up from 50.3) with the seats down.
The exterior may not look significantly different compared to the outgoing model, but it certainly gains features from Audi’s modern design language. It borrows some cues from the Q8 with a muscular character line seen above the rear fenders, while triangular openings can now be seen in the lower fascia. The front grille also grows in size, resembling other modern Audi models. All in all, it’s a familiar design and fits right in with the rest of Audi’s lineup.
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More significant changes have occurred inside the cabin. Now standard in the Q3 is the company’s digital instrument cluster, surrounded by elements influenced by the Q8. Overall, the interior is more upscale than before, especially with the optional Virtual Cockpit infotainment system.
Under the hood, Audi hasn’t confirmed which powerplants are heading to the U.S. In Europe, there will be two gasoline engines and a single diesel option, but it’s likely the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will be used in North America. Look for the Audi Q3 40 TFSI to generate around 190 horsepower, while the Q3 45 TFSI will provide 230 hp from a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The only transmission option is a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, and all 2.0-liter-equipped cars now come standard with Quattro all-wheel drive.
The German automaker said European deliveries will begin this fall, so stay tuned for more information on the 2019 Audi Q3’s North American arrival.
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