New Audi Q3 Will Go Into Production Later This Year

Audi Hungaria is celebrating its 25th anniversary by announcing plans to begin production of the redesigned Q3 later this year.

As part of the preparations, Audi has built a new 80,000 square meter (861,112 sq ft) body shop, which features 700 robots, at their plant in Győr. The company’s workforce is also undergoing training and 168 pre-production models have already been built.

Audi didn’t say much about the crossover but previous spy photos have shown the model will have a familiar front fascia with a wide grille and angular headlights. Bigger changes occur aft of the A-pillar as the model adopts more dynamic bodywork and muscular rear haunches. We can also expect a tailgate-mounted spoiler and slender taillights.

While the current model rides on the PQ35 architecture, the redesigned Q3 will use the MQB platform which underpins everything from the Audi TT to the Volkswagen Golf. The change should improve drivability and comfort as well as reduce weight. Speaking of the latter, rumors have suggested the model could drop around 110 lbs (50 kg).

Under the hood, we can expect an assortment of petrol and diesel engines. Choices are expected to echo the Volkswagen Tiguan and include everything from an entry-level 1.5-liter four-cylinder to a turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder producing around 400 PS (298 kW). There have also been rumors about plug-in hybrid and electric variants and the latter version could have a range of up to 300 km (186 miles) on a single charge.

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  • Edums

    What’s the blue car in front? Hard to say cause all Audis look alike. Looks strong and well planted on the snow. I think this is why they stick to the same design over and over. It just works, and is immediately recognizable as an Audi. Also, if you own an Audi, every new generation will not make you feel that you have to change your car. Particularly in Europe, where cars are very expensive, this is a good selling point.

    • TheHake

      It’s an Audi A3.

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