The second-generation Audi Q3 has finally been revealed and comes with an all-new bold design, sporty styling and is equipped with the latest technologies. Developed to meet new requirements, the Audi Q3 now appears more self-confident and offers far greater utility value as a family SUV thanks to abundant space, adaptability and practical needs.
What’s new with the second generation Audi Q3?
- The new Q3 comes with bigger dimensions, more comfort and space. It is a compact SUV with outstanding everyday utility.
- There is also a new operating concept that focuses on digital displays and MMI touch display.
- It is connected like the full-size segment with smart infotainment and clever assist systems.
The Exterior Design
- The new Audi Q3 looks much sportier than its predecessor. At the front, the Singleframe grille in octagon design and large side air inlets provide a masculine front-end.
- The headlights come in three versions, including the premium Matrix LED headlights.
- A view from the sides showcase the symmetrical lighting graphics of the head and tail lamps.
- The colour-contrasting wheel arch trims gives the vehicle the off-road look, and the strong muscles over the wheel arches make the SUV visually wider.
- First of all, the instrument panel is divided into two levels that has the top part which holds the air vents, and the bottom section that combines the large octagonal area with its black panel look.
- Inside, depending on the equipment level, the top-of-the-line MMI navigation plus features a 10.1-inch MMI touch display as the dashboard’s central element surrounded by a high-gloss black trim.
- The display together with the air-conditioning controls underneath is tilted 10-degrees toward the driver.
Infotainment System and Connectivity
- Featuring a new operating and display concept, the new Audi Q3’s virtual cockpit even in the standard MMI features a 10.25-inch screen which the driver can operate using the multifunction steering wheel.
- Included with the top range infotainment unit is Audi connect which provides services like traffic information, points-of-interest and more. The data transfer module supports LTE Advanced.
- The MMI navigation plus system recognises the driver’s preferences based on previous journeys, allowing it to generate route suggestions.
- There are a host of connectivity, sockets, USB ports and more. Sound system includes Bang & Olufsen’s Premium with virtual 3D sound and a total 15-speakers and 680 watt output.
- The new Q3 is based on the brand’s parent Volkswagen Group’s modular transverse matrix platform and has grown in dimensions.
- Measurements has increased in 97 mm for length, 18 mm in width and 77 mm in wheelbase.
- The highlight in terms of space is the fact that the rear seats have a 150 mm movement. Furthermore, the three-way split backrests of 40:20:40 can be tilted in seven stages.
- Cargo capacity is between 530 and 1,525-litres depending on the position of the rear seats.
Engine & Performance
- Audi is delivering the new Q3 with three petrol and one diesel engine versions in combination with front-wheel or quattro drive.
- The power output ranges from 150 hp to 230 hp, which also has four-cylinder turbos, mated to a six-speed manual transmission or seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission.
- The Audi drive select dynamic handling system offers six profiles from efficient to sporty modes.
Driver Assistance Systems and Safety
- The highlight here is its class assist system like adaptive cruise assist, which incorporates the function of adaptive speed assist, traffic jam assist and active lane assist.
- It also has lane change warning (Audi’s blind spot system) and park assist to help with parking.
- There are four 360 degree cameras to provide an overview of the immediate surroundings when moving at speeds up to 10 km/h.
- Audi pre sense front safety system detects critical situations involving pedestrians, cyclists using a radar and provides the driver with visual, audible and haptic warning with a possibility to initiate emergency braking. Lane departure warning is also a standard specification.
The new Audi Q3 will be delivered first in Germany and other European countries in November 2018, and the US in 2019.