Although the roofline appears to be a bit more arched towards the rear, the profile looks about the same. It has a new bumper at the rear with a cleaner shape, a different tailgate that kind of mirrors the styling of the current car, and new taillights, probably with a Y-shaped design that may or may not be linked together by a full-width light strip.
Audi is expected to do more important things to the interior, though for the time being, it remains under wraps. If you look closely at the left front fender, you will see a charging port. This tells us the prototype features a plug-in hybrid powertrain. Besides the partially electrified assembly, the all-new Audi Q3 is also expected to have normal internal combustion units.
Nonetheless, we cannot know for sure which engines it will get, but its construction, aka the Volkswagen Group's MQB Evo, supports multiple powertrains, including gasoline, diesel, and mild hybrids. Its more mainstream sibling, the VW Tiguan, will get all of them, whereas the Cupra Terramar, which features the same construction, features electrified power solely.
Likely sporting a larger overall footprint compared to its predecessor, the next-gen Q3 is expected to have an identical wheelbase. It measures 2,680 mm (105.5 in) in length on the current iteration, which makes it slightly shorter than the current Mercedes GLA and BMW X1, which are two of its biggest rivals in the premium subcompact crossover segment. Other models that it targets are the Volvo XC40 and Alfa Romeo Tonale.
Audi will announce some juicy details about the third-gen Q3 when the time comes, and that includes the official unveiling date. For now, it is believed it will debut sometime in 2024, and we think it might be in the second part of the year. It will still come to life at the Gyor factory in Hungary, and it could be made in China, too, for the local market.
It will probably be a 2025 model when it arrives in the United States, and it should slightly bump the price. The 2024 Q3 is offered with the 184 hp (187 ps/137 kW) 2.0L 40 TFSI and 228 hp (231 ps/170 kW) 2.0L 45 TFSI powertrains and starts at $37,000 before destination.