Our spies from Germany sent us the first batch of photos of the next-generation Audi Q3 in September. The prototype was seen on public roads with a fully camouflaged body and its production panels and lights already fitted. Now, we're trying to unhide the crossover completely through these exclusive renderings.
Unlike the more conventionally designed 2024 A5 Avant, the new Q3 will have a radically redesigned front fascia. The "Singleframe" octagonal radiator grille will be slightly smaller since there will be more plastic around the area separating it from the lower air intake. The panel will also feature a new pattern with overlapping U-shaped motifs. This won't be the largest change though, as two big rectangular headlights will sit on the corners of the bumper with low and high-beam functions.
Gallery: 2024 Audi Q3 renderings
While not seen on these renderings, the rear end is expected to get a more conservative redesign. The taillights will be slimmer but will retain their basic shapes, as seen in the spy photos from September. To a certain extent, the rear lights will be similar to the clusters seen on the Q4 E-Tron, though there won’t be an LED strip connecting them through the boot – at least we can’t see one for now.
The third generation Q3 – and the final one with a combustion engine – will ride on Volkswagen Group’s MQB Evo platform. The architecture will be shared with the new Volkswagen Tiguan, which has a plug-in hybrid version with up to 62 miles of purely electric range. In fact, two PHEV models are available with an output of 201 horsepower and 268 hp. There’s also a base 1.5-liter mild-hybrid turbo gas engine, as well as a larger and more powerful 2.0-liter four-banger. The engine lineup of the new Q3 is expected to be very similar.
The crossover from Ingolstadt will be produced in Gyor, Hungary, together with the new Cupra Terramar. The current entry-level Audi crossover, the Q2, will be retired very soon, leaving the next-generation Q3 as the brand’s most affordable crossover in the future. When will we see it? Most likely, at some point during the first half of 2024.