2016 Audi Q3 Gets Minor Updates

The 2016 Audi Q3 is a facelifted version of the current Q3 crossover. Launched back in in 2011, the smallest crossover in Audi lineup is positioned as the main rival of BMW X1. Recent spy shots reveal that the updated Q3 will not carry drastic changes, but it’s still worth to wait. This crossover is expected to be available in North America market next year.

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Exterior

The batch of spy shots we received in our inbox reveals some of the changes operated on the upcoming Q3. The most notable modification is the front grille, which will feature horizontal slats instead of the vertical bars seen on the current model. The switch makes the Q3 look both wider and sportier when compared to the pre-facelift crossover. Additionally, the front end will also gain larger air intakes and revised headlamps in line with the rest of the Audi range.

Changes are kept to a minimum around back, where a set of new taillights will come to replace the current units. The rear bumper appears to have gained a more pronounced shape, but the swirly camouflage is thick enough to hide all the details. The side sills are slightly different too, but nothing seems out of the ordinary. A prototype for an updated version of the high-performance RS Q3 has also been spotted, and sports similar updates to the ones you see here.

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Interior

Inside the cabin, we’ll likely see some changes in the cabin of the updated Q3 as well. One possibility is a new touchpad surface for the interface instead of the current model’s rotary dial. More details should be available as the release date approaches.

Powertrain

The less camouflaged prototype is the standard Q3 but it might have a more potent engine taking into the new dual exhaust setup. In the U.S., the Q3 is launching with just one engine: a 2.0-liter TFSI rated at 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission is a six-speed automatic but customers will have the choice of either front- or all-wheel drive.

The crossover gets to keep its engines for 2016, but we expect minor power bumps across the entire lineup. Although the Q3 will carry two gasoline units and one diesel, only the range-topping, 2.0-liter TFSI will make it to the United States.

This setup should continue once the updated Q3 arrives. It’s not clear if other powertrains are planned but it’s likely we’ll see the RS Q3 model complete with its turbocharged 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine. Peak output should remain capped at the current RS Q3’s 310 hp and 309 lb-ft level, and all-wheel drive should also remain standard.

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Release Date

The updated Audi Q3 along with the RS version are very likely to be revealed in the end of this year, while the final product will be offered as 2016 model. Meanwhile, the base pricing of the 2016 Audi Q3 is still unknown, but with the minor updates, expect a slight price changes. Keep coming back here to see any future updates.

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