This is not the first time we caught a testing prototype of the next-generation Audi Q3. No, it’s the third, but who counts. It’s far more important that we see work in progress and that every new prototype brings something new. This particular model, for instance, brings a detail we haven’t noticed before. Look close and you will see that the 2019 Audi Q3 features far shorter rear overhangs. But that’s not all. The stylish SUV will also grow, which will have a positive influence, well, on everything.
New Lightweight Platform and Larger Footprint
A larger vehicle usually weights more, but that’s not going to be the case with the redesigned Audi Q3. The future crossover will rely on a new, flexible, and lightweight MQB platform, which will definitely shed at least 200 pounds from the SUV. The prototype shows significantly longer wheelbase as well. The detail is encouraging because there will be more space inside without any doubt.
As for the exterior changes, well, the camouflage still hides most of the changes. Though, it’s pretty evident in which direction goes the development. The 2019 Audi Q3 will definitely resemble the Q5. The silhouette is almost identical, while the ends appear to receive a tested recipe that includes a dominant and large grille and attractive LED headlights, while the rear end sports really dynamic cues with, which mirrors the Q5. The cab will definitely host the Virtual Cockpit, yet just like an option.
Options Under The Hood
The redesigned crossover will mostly rely on four-cylinder engines. The potential buyers can expect a plug-in hybrid powertrain as well, while the most potent RS Q3 should offer an amazing 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-5 with an ability to deliver 400 horsepower.
The all-new 2019 Q3 SUV will be introduced late next year, so it won’t become available in North America before early 2019.