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Spy Shots: Audi Q3 Spotted Ahead of Debut

By SEMA News Sources

The third-generation Audi Q3, expected to debut later this year or in early 2025, was recently spotted by SEMA News sources.

Caught testing in the Arctic, the prototype appears to maintain similar proportions to the current model and rides on the MQB Evo base, an updated version of the MQB platform shared with the Volkswagen Group.

Audi Q3 Prototype

The new Q3's design is unique, featuring split headlights with thin daytime running lights similar to the upcoming Q6 E-Tron electric compact crossover. The grille mesh is also a fresh design for Audi, and the rear showcases a new light strip.

While the prototype relies on an ICE powertrain, other models are expected to be plug-in hybrids, with a charging port on the driver's side front fender. Audi may offer a mild-hybrid powertrain but hasn't provided detailed plans yet, sources said.

An RS Q3 with a 2.5-L turbocharged engine is also expected, likely as a final showcase for the engine. Audi announced in 2021 that it will stop launching cars with internal combustion engines beyond 2026.

A more coupe-like Q3 Sportback is likely in the works. In European markets, the new Q3 will spawn related models from fellow Volkswagen Group brands like Cupra, Skoda and Volkswagen, insiders said.