The Audi Q3 is not a new car in the world of automotive. The compact crossover SUV was sold for the first time in 2011. It comes with impressive exterior features, a luxurious interior, and powerful engine choices. Audi is planning to bring in a new model in order to grab a bigger share of this segment of vehicles. The new car will get the model name: the 2018 Audi Q3.
2018 Audi Q3 – Exterior and Interior Design
According to the German carmaker, the upcoming 2018 Q3 will be based on the revised MQB platform. You can look forward to a sporty look brought about by sharp lines and smoothened edges. Some lighter materials will be brought in to reduce the car’s weight and improve its speed and fuel efficiency. As for the features, you can wait to see a slightly modified Audi grille in the front fascia. Other front features to expect in the 2018 Audi Q3 include: restyled LED headlamps and refreshed in-built fog lights. The car’s sleekness will be evidenced in the back side. There will be long, elegant taillights and well-positioned, modern exhaust pipes. The sides will get 21-inch alloy wheels, stylish side mirrors, decorated door handles and a coupe-like roofline.
The cabin of 2018 Audi Q3 will welcome you with an amazing color scheme, top-of-the-class component paneling, and soft-touch surfaces. The carmaker is planning to slightly widen the exterior, so you can expect a more spacious car this time round. Some new covers and more controls will be installed on the steering wheel and seats to improve on comfort and convenience. The dashboard is expected to carry most of the car’s technological features. You can look forward to a number of LCD screens on this part. You can also wait to see a powerful audio system featuring a radio, speakers, and a CD player. Moreover, the Audi Q3 2018 is expected to come with an automatic temperature regulating system, a more functional navigation system and a number of connectivity options like USB ports, Smartphone integration, and Bluetooth. There will both basic and advanced protection features in the upcoming Q3. Some of them include adaptive cruise control, keyless entry, airbags, blind-spot monitors, ABS, rearview camera, lane-keep assist, seatbelts, security alarms and parking assist.
2018 Audi Q3 – Engine and Performance
The 2018 Audi Q3 will feature two engine choices and a number of petrol & diesel variants. You can look forward to a 2.0-liter I4 capable of cranking a maximum of 217 hp and 258 lb-ft. You can also anticipate for a 2.5-liter I5 with a maximum drivetrain capacity of 362 hp and 342 lb-ft. Power from either of the two engines will be transferred to the wheels with the help of a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed S Tronic system. The 2018 Audi Q3 will take 5.5 seconds to achieve the 0-60 mph acceleration with the most powerful engine. It will also have a top speed of 155 mph. On the side of fuel economy, the vehicle is expected to record 20 mpg in cities and 29 mpg on highways with the 2.4-liter engine. The EPA figures of the 2.5-liter engine will be around 17 mpg in cities and 25 mpg on highways. In addition, some upgrades will be made on the powertrains to make sure the car emit less CO2.
2018 Audi Q3 – Price, Release Date, and Competition
The new 2018 Audi Q3 will be offered at a relatively fair price. The price will start at around $38,000, and may go up to $50,000 for the car with premium features. According to the automobile manufacturer, the upcoming crossover will hit the market in the second half of 2017 or early 2018. The following cars are the ones expected to go head to head with the eagerly awaited Audi crossover SUV: Mercedes GLA, Infiniti QX30, BMW X1, Kia Soul, Hyundai IX25, Range Rover Evoque, Chevrolet Trax and Honda HR-V.