Marcus De Guzman / Audi | July 25, 2018 11:13
Audi Q3 gets a big dose of upgrades for 2019 model year
After giving the Q7 and Q5 a new lease on life, it's now the turn of Audi's premium compact crossover. Say hello to the bigger, sleeker and more high-tech 2019 Audi Q3. Looking sportier than before, the second-generation Q3 is equipped with the latest smart technology and is now marginally bigger than its predecessor.
Bearing Audi's new design language, the 2019 Q3 features the striking 'Singleframe' grill at the front. It is then complemented by sharp-looking headlights that can come with Matrix LED technology. Further giving the Q3 its sporting pedigree are the agressively-designed front bumper with dual air intakes and massive five-spoke alloy wheels. Changes at the back were subtle and only consist of narrower LED taillights, thicker D-pillars, a bigger tailgate and dual exhaust pipes that exit through the rear bumper.
Size-wise, the 2019 Q3 has grown compared to the previous generation. It now measures 4485mm long (+100mm) and 1856mm wide (+25mm). However, the all-new Q3 now stands shorter at 1585mm tall (-23mm). Finally, its wheelbase has been stretched from 2603mm to 2680mm.
Thanks to the bigger dimensions, Audi claimed that the rear passengers now have more legroom and elbowroom. In addition, cargo space for the Q3 was also improved. With the rear seats up, the Q3 is capable of holing 530 liters of luggage. Fold down the 40:20:40 split seats and the crossover can carry 1,525 liters. For easier stowing of baggage, the 2019 Q3 can be specified with a power tailgate with remote function.
Step inside and it's clear that Audi borrowed some styling cues from both the Q5 and Q8. Splashes of metal trim, gloss black plastic and soft touch pads blanket the interior of the 2019 Q3. Certain models can even be specified with fabric and wood trim that liven up the cabin. Better sound fidelity in-cabin comes courtesy of an optional 15-speaker sound system from Bang & Olufsen.
Top-of-the-line models come with Audi's high-tech 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and navigation are installed as standard, along with LTE Wi-Fi hitspot and points-of-interests search. There is also voice control which allows users to access cloud-based systems as well as the car's onboard functions with ease. Like other Audis on offer today, the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit is also present on the 2019 Q3.
A total of four engine options will be available for the 2019 Q3. There will be three gasoline-powered motors and one diesel-powered mill. Exact displacements of each engine were not specified. However, Audi did say that all of the engines will be four-cylinders and will benefit from turbocharging and direct injection. Available transmission options for the Q3 include a six-speed manual and a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission.
Quattro all-wheel drive is available for 2019 Q3 as well as a six-mode 'Dynamic Handling System'. This allows drivers to set the car's suspension accordingly depending on their preference; Auto, Comfort, Dynamic, Off-Road, Efficiency and Individual. Automatic damper control can also be specified for the new Q3.
Aside having the latest in-car amenities and technologies, Audi also installed driver assistance systems for peace of mind while on the road. The 2019 Q3 can come with adaptive cruise control with adaptive speed, traffic jam and lane keep assist, 360-degree around-view monitor, reverse camera with rear cross traffic alert and blind-spot monitoring.
The all-new Audi Q3 will arrive first in European dealerships in November 2018. Other markets will get their hands on the Q3 come 2019.