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Spyshots: 2019 Audi Q3 Borrows Grille and Headlights from e-tron quattro Concept

| Spy Photos | 10.10.2017

First spied in May 2016, the next-generation Audi Q3 is slowly but steadily stripping itself of the camouflage that hides its supple lines. In the newest set of spy shots, the near-production Q3 shows off the grille and headlight design.
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Somewhat expectedly, the model that bridges the Q2 and Q5 is gifted with plenty of e-tron quattro styling cues, most apparent at the grille and headlights. While the e-tron quattro is confirmed to go into production as an all-electric SUV, the Q3 will be offered with a selection of 3-, 4-, and 5-cylinder engines.

The most powerful of the lot will borrow the 2.5-liter inline-5 from the RS 3, with the RS Q3 expected to outperform pretty much every other motel in its segment. There’s even talk of a plug-in hybrid powertrain borrowed from the A3 e-tron and Golf GTE, as well as an electric Q3 with e-Golf bits and pieces. The Q3 EV, though unconfirmed by the four-ringed automaker, is rumored to get approximately 300 kilometers (186 miles) of driving range on a full charge.

Roughly 5.8 centimeters (2.3 inches) longer than its predecessor, the 2019 Audi Q3 will go official sometime in early 2018, most likely at the Geneva Motor Show. Changing from the P35 vehicle architecture to the MQB platform will result in a lighter curb weight, potentially by 50 kilograms (110 pounds) if previous reports are to be believed. But for all that, the exterior design if more of an evolutionary take on the existing model rather than an all-new direction.

Probably the biggest change is the C/D-pillar design, which doesn’t appear to integrate any quarter window whatsoever. Also at the rear, the spoiler is more prominent than before, whereas the hatchback is more dramatically raked than on the existing Q3. On that note, there’s a coupe-styled Q4 also in the pipeline.

When Audi announced that the automaker’s factory in Hungary had produced its 500,000th vehicle since 2013, the board member for car production confirmed that the Q3 will be built in Gyor from 2018, with the Q4 following in 2019. In all likelihood, the 2019/2020 Audi Q4 will borrow the underpinnings from the second-generation Q3.



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