The Audi Q3 , Ingolstadt’s answer to the BMW X1 , was unveiled in 2011 and launched for the 2012 model year in Europe. The smallest crossover of the Audi lineup — before the tiny Q1 arrives — won’t make it to the United States and Canada until next year . However, the Q3 won’t hang around too much in its current form, as Audi is already testing a facelifted version that’s set to arrive in 2016.
Unlike other Audi family members, the revised Q3 carries many exterior changes. The front end is completely reshaped and includes a redesigned grille and bumper, while the rear fascia received a set of new taillights. The crossover gets to keep its engines for 2016, but we expect minor power bumps across the entire lineup. Although the Q3 will carry two gasoline units and one diesel, only the range-topping, 2.0-liter TFSI will make it to the United States.
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June 26, 2014
The batch of spy shots we received in our inbox reveals some of the changes operated on the upcoming Q3. The most notable modification is the front grille, which will feature horizontal slats instead of the vertical bars seen on the current model. The switch makes the Q3 look both wider and sportier when compared to the pre-facelift crossover. Additionally, the front end will also gain larger air intakes and revised headlamps in line with the rest of the Audi range.
Changes are kept to a minimum around back, where a set of new taillights will come to replace the current units. The rear bumper appears to have gained a more pronounced shape, but the swirly camouflage is thick enough to hide all the details. The side sills are slightly different too, but nothing seems out of the ordinary.
There’s no info as far as powertrains are concerned, but expect for the U.S.-spec, 2.0-liter TSFI engine to generate in excess of 200 horsepower. In its current form, the four-banger is rated at exactly 200 ponies and 207 pound-feet of torque.
The BMW X1 started the luxury, compact-crossover niche in 2009. It still has the market nearly to itself, especially in the United States, but that’s about to change as soon as the Audi Q3 and the Mercedes -Benz GLA find their way to North American dealers. Meanwhile, the crossover is set to receive many changes next year, including a brand-new platform with a front-wheel-drive configuration.
The new, U.S.-spec X1 will arrive only in its xDrive guise, meaning no front-wheel drive for us. Engine-wise, expect the Bimmer to come with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine in its range-topping trim, with nearly 300 horsepower at its disposal. Visually, the upcoming X1 won’t be radically different, although BMW ’s trend in fitting its new models with wider kidney grilles and narrower headlamps is likely to affect this crossover.
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The GLA is one of the newest Mercedes-Benz models on the market and the company’s first venture into the compact-crossover segment. Obviously prettier than the X1, the GLA promises to give its German rival a good run for its money in the United States by means of a turbocharged, 2.0-liter engine rated at 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
The crossover will become available Stateside in both 4MATIC and front-wheel-drive guises, although the latter won’t hit showrooms until next year. Mercedes-Benz claims the all-wheel-drive version can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in only 6.4 seconds and reach a top speed of 145 mph.