One of the oldest products in the Audi lineup is finally getting a redesign. The German luxury brand has taken the wraps off its all-new 2019 Q3; redesigned with a Q8-inspired design to take on one of most competitive segments in the market.
The recently-revealed Q8 flagship SUV was meant to signal a shift in Audi’s design language for its SUV lineup. With chunkier design cues and an overall more aggressive stance, the 2019 Q3’s roots are clear. The new exterior design is resting atop a wheelbase that’s been stretched by about three inches versus today’s Q3, keeping up with an enlarging trend among competitors.
Unsurprisingly, the 2019 Q3 interior is borrowing many of its traits from other recent Audi’s as well. The brand’s driver-centric horizontal dash panel is intact, similar to not only the Q8, but the A8 and A6 as well. The latest iteration of Audi Virtual Cockpit and the brand’s infotainment system are in tow as well, of course with larger displays. Audi has also confirmed compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be standard on the Q3.
From a powertrain perspective, we know the 2019 Q3 will arrive with a 187 horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder as its base engine. This unit will be paired with a seven-speed automatic and Audi Quattro all-wheel-drive. The combination will work with six different driving modes—which include Comfort, Dynamic, Off-Road, Efficiency, Auto and a customizable Individual mode.
Reports suggest Audi will offer two additional powertrain options on the new Q3, but thus far those remain a mystery. Expect further details closer to the Q3’s launch next year.