The Four Rings’ subcompact Q gets fresh for 2019

The crossover segment is as hot as ever, and Audi is once again looking to take advantage of the seemingly never-ending demand. As such, it just unveiled its latest Q3 compact, showing it off in a brief 1-minute video set against some scenic coastal roads.

Audi is calling it all-new, but you wouldn’t know it from a glance. Take a closer look, though, and you’ll start to pick out a few things, with new styling bits added front to back. The Q3 once again takes after the Q8 in terms of styling cues, incorporating geometric lines, deep cuts, and sharp styling, not to mention the requisite massive grille in the nose.

The Q3 is also bigger this time around, although not too much - after all, Audi doesn’t wanna encroach on the Q5’s territory, which is currently selling like hot cakes. Still, the Q3 is definitely larger, gaining a little under 4 inches in overall length, as well as an inch to the overall width. The wheelbase is also 3 inches longer, which should make the interior even more comfy.

Speaking of which, the cabin layout once again mirrors that of the Q8, with a horizontal appearance and tons of geometric styling features. Audi added its desirable Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster as standard equipment for 2019, and there’s also an optional 10-inch infotainment screen and the very latest MMI system support. CarPlay and Android Auto will be standard, as will the latest autonomous driving tech, such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, automatic forward braking, and rear cross-traffic alert.

No word on the U.S. powertrain lineup, although we do know that across the pond, buyers will get a pair of gas engines and a diesel.

That said, it’s highly likely we’ll once again get a turbocharged 2.0-liter TFSI gas-burner in two states of tune, including190 horsepower and 230 horsepower. Both will mate with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, while quattro AWD should come as standard. Also expect multiple drive modes and optional adaptive damping suspension components.

Stay tuned, as Audi will undoubtedly release more information very soon.

Further reading

The Audi Q3 Looks the Same but is a Bit Larger With some Q8 DNA Exterior
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 Audi Q3.

2017 - 2018 Audi Q3
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Read our full review on the 2018 Audi Q3.

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