► New 2019 Audi Q3 spied
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You’re looking at the new 2019 Audi Q3, the latest piece in the Ingolstadt SUV jigsaw. Our spies caught this disguised prototype on test in Germany.
It’s Audi’s answer to the trend-setting Range Rover Evoque and other fashion-conscious crossovers. The Q3 Mk1 arrived as long as ago as 2011 and is becoming long in the tooth now.
Hence the new Mk2, slated to arrive in late 2018 with UK sales by 2019.
New 2019 Audi Q3: the tech specs
It’ll be no surprise to learn that the new Q3 will recycle the VW Group’s latest MQB platform. This architecture, shared with the likes of the VW Tiguan and other mid-sized models, means that most Q3s will be front-wheel drive, although more powerful models will be offered with Quattro AWD.
That’ll include the rumoured RS Q3, with its 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbo mooted to top 400bhp. Of rather more interest will be the parsimonious fuel-saving petrol and diesel engines, downsized for our carbon-crunched times.
A plug-in hybrid (PHEV) version is also in the works.
This car will partner the all-new Q4 crossover, recently confirmed by Audi chief Rupert Stadler. Read more about the Audi SUV expansion here.