The German manufacturer works on the new generation of its subcompact crossover and 2018 Audi SQ3 should come as its hi-performance version. To remind you, this is an entry-level crossover in the company’s lineup.
It originally came in 2011 and we have seen few updates so far. It is finally time for the complete redesign. The second generation has been already caught on testing and various reports suggest that the hi-performance version will come almost at the same time as base models. For this occasion, the company will make some additional modifications. This will include things like new styling details, tuned chassis and, naturally, more power.
Some even suggest that the 2018 SQ3 will come in diesel version, just the bigger SQ5. In any case, there are many interesting things to come with this model and we can see them already by the end year.
2018 Audi SQ3 redesign
The company prepares many novelties for the next generation of this subcompact crossover and 2018 Audi SQ3 will follow all of them and eventually add some more. The second generation will utilize the company’s newest version of a familiar MQB platform. This architecture is in use for many models. Pretty much all compact and subcompact vehicles from the VW Group ride on this platform. So, this is not a surprise. However, for a hi-performance version, we are about to see some additional tunings. For example, we could see things like new suspensions, brakes etc.
All these features will provide better handling and overall performances. Also, engineers from Audi could make some additional modification on the chassis, in order to save some additional pounds. Besides all these mechanical improvements, we are about to see several new visual details as well.
2018 Audi SQ3 styling
Just like all models with the “S” badge, the 2018 Audi SQ3 will also come with various unique visual details. Of course, the overall styling will be almost completely the same as on the base model. However, there are some new details that will emphasize car’s sporty character. So, expect the same shape as on base models. The test model of the new generation has been spotted already and we can notice that the second generation will continue the evolution of the original model. We are about to see a familiar shape but fitted to the company’s newest design language. Additionally, the 2018 Audi SQ3 will come with several unique details. Those could include parts like bumpers, grille etc. All these are here to accentuate crossover’s hi-performance character. Same things are expected inside, with various chrome details, racing seats, and similar things.
2018 Audi SQ3 engine
Well, this is still an enigma. Latest reports suggest that the ultra-performance RS version is about to come as well. This model currently features a 400-hp 2.5-liter engine and should continue without changes. On the other side, the 2018 Audi SQ3 will still be a little bit less potent.
Some sources suggest even a diesel engine. To remind you, the current SQ5 feature a 3.0-liter TDI engine with around 310 horsepower. We could see something similar in this model as well. Of course, this refers to the European model. It is still hard to imagine something like this in the U.S.
For this market, we could possibly see a detuned version of the familiar 5-cylinder engine or even the atmospheric 3.0-liter V6.
2018 Audi SQ3 release date and price
The 2018 Audi SQ3 should come right after the base model. So, expect to see it late in the year, in the last quarter. Price is yet to be announced.