2017 Audi Q3 Design Will Be Inspired by Ur-Quattro

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We're still eagerly awaiting the arrival of the Audi Q3 in America and the debut of a facelift over in Europe. In both cases, Audi stands to make a lot of money by offering premium qualities in small and practical package. However, the automaker is already looking ahead at the next generation car.
While details of its underpinnings and powertrains remain a mystery, we might be able to tell you a little about its design. Marc Lichte, the new Audi head of design, recently told a French magazine that he's a fan of the original Quattro, the legendary all-wheel drive coupe that blitzed both road and track. This will be most obvious in the wheel arches and perhaps in the hind quarters.

Automobile Magazine also claims to have a few tech details. The second generation SUV will be just 1cm longer, but much wider and a little lower, thus improving its diving characteristics. Power will come from a variety of engines, including the 240 hp twin-turbo TDI 2-liter used by the next-gen Passat.

It's not yet certain if the 2.5-liter 5-cylinder TFSI from the RS Q3 will survive being downsized, but a hot model to rival the Mercedes GLA 45 AMG is pretty much a certainty.
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