The next-generation Audi Q3 has been speculatively rendered ahead of an expected debut late 2017 or early 2018.

With the imminent arrival of the Q2, the Q3 will no longer be Audi’s smallest crossover on offer and most likely the new generation will bring an increase in size to distance the two. As a consequence, the model’s overall length will grow from the current 172.7 inches (4388 mm) to somewhere around 177 inches (4500 mm). Most of the stretch will be seen in the wheelbase that measures 102.4 inches (2603 mm) on the current Q3.

Despite what will be an increased footprint, Audi’s next Q3 will likely shed some weight taking into account it will ride on the second generation of the MQB platform. The design will likely be evolutionary rather than revolutionary, so perhaps it’s not that far-fetched to consider this render as a relatively accurate image of the real deal.

As far as the engine lineup, this will likely be very similar to the one Volkswagen offers for its new Tiguan. Hotter RS Q3 versions in both gasoline and diesel flavors are likely on the agenda as well, along with a more frugal plug-in hybrid derivative part of the e-tron family. Don’t expect these three to be available from day one, since the models will come later in the life cycle.

With a possible debut late 2017 / early 2018, spy shots of the new Q3 will probably start hitting the web in the second half of next year.


Gallery: 2018 Audi Q3 render points towards predictable design evolution

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