The second generation Audi Q3 was originally launched in July 2018, meaning the premium crossover is now five years old. With slowly but steadily declining sales during the first six months of the year, it isn’t exactly a bestseller for the German brand. Its age and market performance clearly show the model needs a refresh and work on the facelifted Q3 has already started. We have a rendering that previews what the crossover could look when it debuts sometime in 2025.
Our pals at Motor.es produced this exclusive digital drawing based on early test prototypes they’ve seen. Our spy photographers are yet to catch a Q3 trial vehicle but it seems that the visual changes to the crossover won’t be big. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise given Audi’s history of giving its core models just subtle revisions for their mid-cycle facelifts.
Gallery: 2019 Audi Q3: First Drive
From what is known so far, the front fascia will wear the largest amount of design changes. These will still be limited to a new radiator grille and headlights with new internal graphics, though. There might be other smaller tweaks too, but they won’t represent a drastic departure from the styling of the Q3 that is still available at the showrooms.
Speaking of the current Q3 (pictured in the gallery above), for the 2024 model year, the crossover gained adaptive cruise assist as standard equipment. Models equipped with the Convenience package gain Homelink, and there's an optional wireless charging pad. Arkona White is a new exterior color for the 2024 MY and it replaces Ibis White, while Progressive Red metallic takes over for Tango Red metallic.
Also, a new powertrain was introduced rencetly. It mixes a 1.4-litre petrol engine with an electric motor to produce a combined ‘system’ output of 242 bhp. That allows the Q3 and Q3 Sportback to sprint from 0-62 mph in 7.3 seconds before peaking at 130 mph. However, the 114 bhp electric motor will only allow speeds of up to 87 mph before the petrol engine is called upon.