- Orders open in autumn, deliveries by late 2018
- State of the art technology and interior
- No prices or emissions revealed yet
The second-generation Audi Q3 compact SUV arrived at the end of 2018, with technological advancement the crux of the brief.
Along with the Audi Q8, this second-generation Q3 is packed to the hilt with the latest technology and safety kit.
Three petrols and one diesel engine available at launch
The smallest engine on offer is a 1.5-litre TFSI petrol with an output of 150hp and 250Nm, which will utilise 'cylinder-on-demand' technology, disengaging two cylinders when they aren’t required to boost fuel economy. This entry-level engine will be teamed with a seven-speed S Tronic automatic transmission at launch and is only available in front-wheel drive form. A six-speed manual will arrive later.
Next in line is a 2.0-litre TFSI petrol available with 190hp and 320Nm or in 230hp and 350Nm form. These two will feature the same seven-speed automatic gearbox and will be available with Quattro all-wheel drive.
There will be a single diesel motor available at launch: a 2.0-litre TDI offering 150hp and 340Nm. It will come with a manual gearbox and Quattro all-wheel drive, with the S Tronic seven-speed gearbox and front-wheel drive to come later.
More patient drivers will also be able to select a 190hp 2.0-litre TDI following the Q3's launch.
As yet there are no emissions figures available for any of the new Q3s, but we'll update this article with all the figures and costs as soon as they are released.
New Audi Q3 gains high-tech interior
Inside the cabin, Audi has jettisoned any sign of an analogue display in favour of two fully digital displays. The first is a 10.25-inch virtual cockpit where you'd normally see a traditional speedometer and rev counter, the second, a 10.1-inch touch display in the centre of the dashboard.
The natural-language voice control system introduced on the Q8 is present along with Audi's sat-nav system and a three-year subscription to Audi Connect, which connects the car to the internet. Wireless phone charging is available as an option.
On the safety front, Audi side assist - which warns drivers of cars alongside - is standard as well as a lane departure warning system and a pre sense front safety system. There are also options for adaptive cruise assist and parking assist.