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2018 Audi Q3 e-tron Could Have 250 HP, SUV Will Become Bigger

Light has begun to be shed on the way in which Audi plans to crowd the Golf-sized crossover segment with three different models: Q1, Q3 and TTQ.
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More specifically, Auto Bild talks about the next generation of the Q3, which according to them will debut in 2018. Because the Q1 needs more room at the bottom of the range, this existing model will grow in length and width a bit.

Several derivatives are planned, but we're only interested in the most expensive. According to the report, it's possible that an SQ3 model will hit the market, equipped with the 240 horsepower 2-liter BiTDI diesel engine.

Next up, we have the hardcore RS Q3. It will continue to use a turbocharged 2.5-liter TFSI, since most people seem to love the way it sounds and how much torque it packs. Rival companies like VW and Mercedes are squeezing all they can from 2-liter engines. It will be interesting to see how this strange performance segment develops.

A couple of days ago, we spotted an RS Q3 taking on the Green Hell. Maybe an all-new model is what they're trying to develop, but we think it's unlikely.

Finally, Auto Bild talks about the future Q3 e-tron. Audi has shown interest in making such a car, revealing many hybrid all-wheel-drive systems on concept cars. However, none has entered production. According to the report, this will be shared with the next generation of A3 e-tron and may develop 250 horsepower. Is it based on a 2-liter diesel or the same 1.4 TSI? We may not find out for another three years.


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