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Mk2 2018 Audi Q3 revealed: tech-heavy SUV with sliding back seats

  • Next Q3 on UK roads before end of 2018
  • Features much of Audi's latest tech
  • Hot SQ3 and RS Q3 models also expected
  • Next Q3 on UK roads before end of 2018
  • Features much of Audi's latest tech
  • Hot SQ3 and RS Q3 models also expected

Audi Q3 SUV 2018

You’re looking at the first official images of the 2018 Audi Q3 SUV. They show the next generation of mid-sized crossover, which is set to compete with the likes of the BMW X1, Volvo XC40 and MINI’s Countryman.

When is the new Audi Q3 coming out?

It’s set to launch before the end of 2018, with first drives and launch activity ahead of the as-yet unannounced on-sale date.

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This Q3 is based on newer underpinnings, which means cleverer packaging solutions and less weight than the outgoing Q3 launched back in 2011.

Audi Q3 2018: dimensions

The 2018 Q3 will be 4,845mm long, 1,849mm wide (not including its door mirrors) and 1,585mm high. That means it's longer and wider, but slightly less tall than the 2011 original.

Audi Q3 is longer, wider and shorter than Mk1 Q3

We're promised improved headroom, knee space and elbow room.

Furthermore, the rear seats slide 150mm forward and back along with splitting in a 40:20:40 configuration. That means boot space is between a minimum of 530 litres and a maximum of 675 litres with the rear seats in place.

Audi Q3 has sliding rear seats for variable luggage and rear passenger space

Audi says it has three loading floor heights, and a low boot sill for easier lifting of heavy cargo.The parcel shelf can also be sorted under the boot floor if not required.

Audi Q3: the tech

We've come to expect a decent level of technology in all Audi models, and the Q3 is no exception. In fact, there are no analogue instruments in the cabin at all, with a 10.25-inch screen taking the place of traditional speedo and rev-counter.

This screen is fully customisable and works together with the central touchscreen, and can be upgraded to a 12.3-inch screen at extra cost. It can work with the Audi Virtual Cockpit and MMI navigation along with head-up display where fitted to afford the driver a wealth of information without having to turn their head away from the road.

Audi Q3 (2018) interior cockpit cabin design

Natural language voice control features alongside HERE realtime navigation routing and, of course, the usual Wi-Fi hotspot, SIM card and Google Earth mapping are all available too.

Driver assistance in the 2018 Audi Q3

You can expect the very latest driver assistance tech too, with lane-departure prevention, adaptive cruise control and full autonomy in traffic jams thanks to automatic braking.

It'll also park itself and guide you out of the space again on its own.

What engines will the 2018 Audi Q3 have?

It’s unclear what precise specifications the new Q3 will have when it reaches the UK, but there are a few facts filtering through.

Audi Q3 driving shot

It’s fair to assume Audi’s line-up of smaller petrol and diesel engines will feature, but we also know there’s going to be a plug-in hybrid vehicle (PHEV) version badged E-Tron, along with the performance-oriented SQ3. The more hardcore RS Q3 will follow later in Audi’s product cycle.

There’s no reason to expect Audi will break tradition and change its trim structure, so the following versions are likely to be available:

  • Audi Q3 SE
  • Audi Q3 Sport
  • Audi Q3 S Line

Furthermore it’s likely we’ll see a range-topping Audi Q3 Black Edition along the way, and the previously mentioned SQ3 and RS Q3 sports-focused derivatives.

The Q3 is positioned to sit alongside the Q4, which will be a sportier-looking SUV in the same sense that the BMW X4 is to the X3, or indeed the Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe is to the GLC SUV.

Watch out for full UK Mk2 Audi Q3 pricing and specifications on Parkers ahead of its launch later in 2018.

The rear end of the 2018 Audi Q3

Parkers will be among the first to drive this all-new car, so keep an eye out for the full 2018 Audi Q3 review

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