More features, and a better looking exterior is always a good thing.

Audi’s smallest crossover offering – at least in the U.S. – is getting a sporty upgrade. The German marque will introduce a new Q3 Sport trim to the lineup in 2018. But don’t let the name fool you, nearly all of the additional "sporty" cues are reserved exclusively to the exterior.

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The 2018 Audi Q3 Sport Premium will start at $34,875 (including $975 destination), adding a $1,000 premium to the standard Q3. The Sport trim will get new exterior treatments like 19-inch 10-spoke wheels and brushed matte aluminum inlays, as well as features like a power tailgate, auto-dimming mirrors, and proximity key with the $1,350 Convenience Package equipped.

The next-up Sport Premium Plus will have an asking price of $36,775 for 2018, and with an optional technology pacakge – an extra $1,200 cost – will include fancy new features like a Bose audio system. If it’s sporty luxury Q3 buyers are truly after, though, the range-topping S Line Competition Package comes loaded with features.

Available as an option on the Sport Premium Plus, the $2,000 kit adds even more to the small CUV. A set of 20-inch V-spoke wheels with summer tires, a three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel with paddle shifters, sport seats, Audi drive select, a Black Optic exterior kit, black roof rails, and a black RS spoiler are all available on the package. 

All told, a Q3 equipped with the Competition Package will set you back $38,775, which still makes it cheaper than the 2018 BMW X1 with an M Sport package, for what it’s worth. The updated Audi Q3 should hit dealers early in 2018.

Source: CarsDirect