The needs of the market have to be fulfilled and the result is the new 2018 Audi Q3 model. The necessity for small SUVs has started to grow in America and the introduction of the Q3 for the US market was perhaps the best choice that Audi has made. Surprisingly, ever since its inception in 2015 when the car was brought to America the model exemplified some great sales numbers, trumping those of more popular and established vehicles.
The first generation Audi Q3 was made in 2011, but it took them four years to introduce the car state side. The luxury orientated, five-door vehicle immediately prompted some excellent sales numbers which immediately paved the way for a second-generation release for the US-based audiences.
Although the official specs for the car have not bene released and there was no confirmation made, we did get a sort of a confirmation via the released spy photos. The model was seen wearing camouflage and doing rounds as a part of their second-gen release. The car is expected to be updated in all areas, inside, outside and under the hood. This means that we are probably in for a complete overhaul of the Q3 car.
When will the 2018 Audi Q3 Release Date Appear?
The early pictures of the 2018 Audi Q3 show that the car is being developed in full swing. But there is no indication on when the car is going to be released. The model will probably be issued by the start of 2018 and we do not expect it to appear earlier than that.
It is too early for the exact pricing of the 2018 Audi Q3 to be made. The car will probably have a similar price compared to the current one and will be in the same price range as the competition. This probably means that a price in the ballpark of $33,700 is expected for the base Premium Plus car, while the Prestige might cost up to $38,600.
2018 Audi Q3 Exterior Appearance
The camouflage did not really leave us with many options for the 2018 Audi Q3. They have done a good job to hide the changes that they are planning to make for the car, but it is still pretty much noticeable what direction they are planning to take the car. The car will retain some of its initial and trademark features and retain some specific pieces while it will draw a lot of inspiration from the Audi Quattro model as well for the update.
The parts that are going to be retained include the LED daytime running lights, the narrow and sharp design of the headlights with Xenon bulbs, a large Singleframe grille, roof rails, aluminum trim, and LED taillights. But it is expected that the car will immensely alter the appearance with the new additions. The anticipated design cues are probably the flared wheel arches and a very similar rear end with the Quattro Audi. It remains to be seen how similar will the Audi be to its coupe version of the car but we still have a long time ahead of us to determine it.
What are the Inside Changes?
The interior of the 2018 Audi Q3 has not been showcased in any way. The model will retain a similar look that it has now but will be enhanced with a slew of new materials. You can expect to get the same kind of high-end environment like in any of the past Audi vehicles. We predict that the layout is going to be similar like in the A4 model and that a redesigned steering wheel is also added. The Audi’s Virtual Cockpit is a must for any future Audi car and it is supposed to continue its use here.
The seats will be updated with refurbished leather and new color choices. Comfort will be addressed with the addition of fine materials and other convenience gadgets. The technological side of the car will include Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot and voice control.
Powerplant Specs and Output for the 2018 Audi Q3
Although the powertrain of the 2018 Audi Q3 might change, the US customers will get to choose between the previous set of engines available for the Q3 model. This means that the future 2018 model will use the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine available with both FWD and AWD and a six-speed automatic transmission. The output will remain the same at 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, which is a respectable kind of performance for the segment.
The Audi Q3 will also offer a diesel offer and a hybrid version, but those ones are not offered for the US segment and remain only available for the European crowds.
2018 Audi Q3 0-60 mph Acceleration Specs
If the car does not change the engine, as it was reported, we are looking at the same kind of acceleration for the 2018 Audi Q3. The model is currently able to reach 0-60 mph in 7.8 seconds and with the same type of engine and now body changes it will probably remain the same. The same thing goes for the top speed which is currently limited to 126 mph.
Fuel Economy Rates
The fuel economy specs for the 2018 Audi Q3 have reportedly not been changed. There is a high possibility that the rates also remain the same with the same type of engine which is used. The previous EPA score was 20 mpg for city drives and 28 mpg for highway driving while the combined observed rating was 22 mpg. There are no specific additions being made in regards with the fuel consumption so any measurements or changes will be made public subsequently.
One of the more interesting pieces of information is that the 2018 Audi Q3 comes with expanded dimensions. The car will grow compared to the current model and is supposed to add 2 to 2.75 inches for the length, and 2 inches in its width. This will make for a much better and comfortable surrounding for the inside of the car and will enable better and comfortable figures when it comes to interior volume and cargo capacity. The current measurement of the cargo bay is 16.71 square feet, or 48.2 square feet with the seats folded down, and it too will add more space and make the car useful that way.
Safety Ratings and Changes
Safety is one of the priorities that every Audi car has and so will the 2018 Audi Q3 follow. A standard set of features is expected to come back but it will be further developed with some of the newest forms of safety equipment available. Automatic braking, pedestrian monitor, lane-keep assist, rear cross traffic alert, and a blind spot monitor is just a part of the offer and is what the car will be equipped with in terms with the latest automated and safety technologies.
There are only a handful of models that could rival the 2018 Audi Q3. This is a great and luxury model which has all the makings of one of the best cars in the segment. The high popularity and praise it has received with the last model will probably be continued. So the hype will be carried on and we will still get to have one of the better cars in the segment. The most obvious rivals here are the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class cars and the BMW X1 models.
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