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2020 Audi Q3 Sportback Debuts With New Grille, Coupe Roof

After the success of the BMW X6, the SUV market was slowly filled with coupe-like models. Despite looking like a rival for the Mercedes GLC Coupe and BMW X4, the new Audi Q3 Sportback is actually just a crossover and will thus go up against the Evoque.
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The model very nearly got called the Q4, but Audi decided to stick the Sportback back into the Q3 range and give the Q4 name to a bespoke upcoming EV model. Regardless, the normal Q3 and the Sportback are quite closely related, something we already knew from the multitude of spyshots.

When it comes to its dimensions, the Q3 Sportback is 29mm lower and 16mm longer than the normal model. But a lot of the bodywork is still shared between the two.

Our favorite change is the grille. Not the outer frame but the "mesh" which is now a pattern we like to call "Space Invaders," and it reminds us of our first contact with the Toyota GT86/Scion FRS. Not' be fooled by the aggressive, angular look, the black ground effects package and those large side intakes were already there.

Changes to the profile only affect the greenhouse, which is now narrow and features black trim all around. We still think it looks like the Lamborghini Urus and not the larger Q8 "coupe" model. Some headroom has obviously been sacrificed, but the rear seats still slide and recline. The trunk has 523 liters of trunk space, just 7 less than the normal model. It's also far better than the Range Rover Evoque and BMW X2.

Around the back, Audi has only changed part of the trunk, leaving the original Q3 taillights intact. Also, the lower bumper on this S line model has bigger decorative elements and diffuser-like trim. You also don't have silver roof rails on this model.

The interior remains the same, as do the engines. The range consists of just three systems at launch, all fitted with an S tronic 7-speed twin-clutch. The base unit is a FWD 35 TDI with a 2-liter producing 150 HP and 340 Nm (251 lb-ft) of torque for a 0 to 100 km/h time of 9.3 seconds. You can also have the 40 TDI with the same displacement delivering 190 HP.

The only gasoline motor right now is the potent 45 TFSI with quattro, delivering 230 HP and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. it gets from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.5 seconds and runs out of steam at 233 km/h (145 mph). The next engine to be launched will be the 35 TFSI with a 1.5-liter making 150 HP. We believe the 45 TFSIe hybrid is also coming next year.

 
 
 
 
 

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