The second-generation 2018 Audi Q3 is gearing up for release. The model has just been introduced to the US market only in 2015 for the first time and since then its popularity has done nothing bit rise. The compact crossover market in America is stacked and the popularity of these vehicles is in its all-time high now. So it makes a lot of sense to remodel the car and release and next-gen model right now.
Luxury-oriented high-stance five-door vehicles are in great demand, so it makes sense to restyle it and offer a new version to the fans. The fist one is already old as it was introduced to the market in 2011 in the European market, and it took it until 2015 when a refreshed version was intorudced which was also offered in the US. Now the testing of the car is in its full swing and we are expecting the car to come out soon.
The news about the 2018 Audi Q3 came with the spy photos which were released quite recently. The testing vehicle has been spotted with have camouflage which also means that the car is going to be heavily updated as well. The car is perhaps getting an overall update which does not only mean that the interior and exterior are going to be changed, but the engine as well. Here is a quick review about the things to come.
When is the Release Date for the Car?
Although the testing for the 2018 Audi Q3 is currently under way, we are not going to get the car in 2017. The release date can be expected to come in 2018, perhaps the middle of the year. The car is being released at the same time in the home market as well as the US.
What is the Price of the Car?
The price for the 2018 Audi Q3 is going to be set at around $33,700. This price is of course meant for the entry level, the Premium Plus model which is the base version of ten car, while a more advanced Prestige will be offered at a base MSRP of $38,600.
2018 Audi Q3 Exterior Updates
There are some updates that are going to be introduced for ten 2018 Audi Q3 but design-wise the car is being kept similar. Despite the heavy coverings that the car has a lot of the old model is still visible underneath. This means that the narrow and sharply angled headlights are going to be kept with Xenon bulbs and LED daytime running lights as well. The front end keeps a big Singleframe grille with an aluminum trim with roof rails and a spoiler in the hatch. The rear end also sees the exhaust pipe tips being integrated into the bumper of the car.
The styling of the new Q3 is going to draw a lot from the Audi-Quattro model. Being that the head designer is a big fan of the said vehicle it was announced that the design is going to be drawn from this car and its flared wheels arches and a sharp rear end might be a good choice for the newest 2018 Q3.
As far as we know, aesthetically the car is going to be a coupe. For now it looks as such as we do not expect the changes to go in a drastic direction. The car looks suitable and is a great kind of addition to the newest fleet of Audi cars.
2018 Audi Q3 Interior Changes
The interior of the 2018 Audi Q3 is supposed to resemble all the current Audi models and the appearance of them. Expect meticulous design combined with high-end materials which is the cornerstone of everyAudi car. There are going to be certain updates made, like the newly designed steering wheel as well as a revised button layout for the dash. The centers stack is also going to feature large touchscreen and you can also find the Audi’s Virtual Cockpit in the gauge cluster. Expect to get leather upholstery as well and also some newly available colors for the customers to chose from.
As far as the US customers are concerned, the 2018 Audi Q3 is going to keep the same kind of a powertrain as the previous model. 2.0-liter four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic transmission is going to be available and will come in both FWD and AWD options. The current output of the car is 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, but we are expecting these figures to rise as the competing vehicles are all putting much more compared to these figures.
2018 Audi Q3 0-60 mph Acceleration Capability
With the current setup the 2018 Audi Q3 is making 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds and offers a top speed of 126 mph. These figures might go up depending on the expected update to the engine. We might just get a much faster car with better acceleration.
2018 Audi Q3 Fuel Economy Specifications
As the engine is the same for the 2018 Audi Q3, the EPA rates are also going to be kept the same. The model is going to manage 20 mpg city, 28 highway, 23 combined for both the FWD and AWD versions. These specs may be addressed if there is another engine option introduced, but this is less likely to appear in the US market.
Dimensions for the 2018 Audi Q3
The dimensions of 2018 Audi Q3 are certainly going to grow. As we currently do not have the available details for that, we are quite certain that this is going to happen. The mere fact that the Q3 model has to be slotted above the Q2 which has also grown in proportions and which size has been reveled at the recent Geneva International Motor Show. We are certain that the car will be wider and longer and actually positioned lower compared to before. It will certainly add 2 to 2.75 inches for the overall length and 2 inches in its width. This is going to add a lot of interior space and will presumably affect the current cargo space of 17 cu ft.
The car is supposed to be very safe and that is why there is a slew if safety gadgets offered for the 2018 Audi Q3 model. The car will now introduce latest automated and safety technologies which add pedestrian monitor, automatic braking, lane-keep assist, a blind spot monitor and a rear cross traffic alert. All of these are certainly going to get the car a top safety rating which the previous incarnation of the Q3 already possesses.
The competition for the compact crossovers is at its all time high and the 2018 Audi Q3 might have to face adversity to make it. But nevertheless, we feel that the latest Q3 will be fairly well updated to be featured in the given segment. Even with such models like BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class vehicles breathing down its neck, it could be possible.