The 2020 Audi Q3 remains unchanged. The crossover hit the new generation, so there is no need for modifications. But, the upgrades are coming for the existing lineup. First, the future brings performance-oriented SQ3 and RS Q3 sport activity vehicles. Also, next season could bring a hybrid drivetrain. Furthermore, new features will be part of the offer. So, all in all, it will be worth waiting for the Audi Q3 2020 model.
Spy photos of the performance-tuned versions are already available. On the other hand, we have no clue when the 2020 Audi Q3 is going to appear in the USA. Major German carmakers decided to skip the auto show in Detroit. Well, they must have big plans for the future, since missing of this happening is kind of suicide. The SQ3 was not ready, or Audi wants more attention for it. Well, the German carmaker and its engineers will have more time to tune powertrains perfectly for both SQ3 and RS Q3 versions.
2020 Audi SQ3 – More Power, More Features
The vehicle on the spy photos is 2020 Audi SQ3, experts claim. Few details are showing it is a special version and we already can predict what kind of a drivetrain it will use. Whatsoever, a heavy camouflage is hiding the body and its upgrades. But, more aggressive appearance is certain. Spoilers, a new set of wheels, and sportier bumpers will be a big help there.
Regarding the engine room, changes are more significant. Under the hood of the 2020 Audi SQ3 will lay a 2.0-liter twin-turbo engine. This four-cylinder unit will be good for at least 300 horsepower. Famous Quattro all-wheel drive is there as well. Power travels to wheels through a smooth Tiptronic transmission. Estimations say the SQ3 will need only five seconds to reach 0-60 mph.
2020 Audi RS Q3 – Even More Power, Features
The SQ3 might look powerful, but the 2020 Audi RS Q3 is the breathtaking version of the subcompact crossover SUV. This time, engineers are exploiting a 2.5-liter five-cylinder unit. Turbocharged, this drivetrain can develop 400 horsepower, according to estimations. Be sure that Q3 crossover will squeeze every pony out of it. Instead of a six-speed transmission, Audi will install a dual-clutch seven-speed gearbox. With torque at 360 lb-ft, the new RS Q3 will stop the clock under 4 seconds when sprinting 0-60 mph.
Standard Model Comes Unchanged With 4-Pot Unit
The base units will keep a 2.0-liter engine. A four-cylinder turbocharged mill is capable to deliver 200 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard, while the Quattro system is available as an additional option. A Tiptronic gearbox comes with six gears. Expect 20/28 mpg gas mileage.
These numbers could go up if Audi attaches electric batteries to the existing 2.0-liter unit. With it, the 2020 Audi Q3 will be more competitive in the market. For example, its archrival BMW uses a 2.0-liter turbo engine for its X1 and this drivetrain returns 32 mpg on the highway. Well, the Bavarian carmaker will respond with a hybrid unit as well. But, we want to see the challenge 2020 Audi Q3 hybrid could set for all of its rivals.
2020 Audi Q3 vs Volvo XC40
The X1 might be the archrival, but the vehicle to beat in subcompact premium crossover class is Volvo XC40. The 2020 Audi Q3 will have a tough task. It falls short in many aspects. Volvo’s engine is a much better performer with 15 hp and 14 lb-ft of torque more. Luckily, the new SQ3 will be able to beat Volvo XC40 upper trim levels with T5 drivetrain configuration. It is longer than Q3, but it still offers a shorter turning radius. Towing capacity and fuel economy are again on the side of XC40. The 2020 Audi Q3 can compete with Volvo’s crossover only with its features and safety measures.
2020 Audi Q3 Interior, Spy Photos
With the new generation of the crossover being still fresh, Audi is not changing its subcompact crossover for 2020. However, we are seeing spy photos of the vehicle. Why? New SQ3 and RS versions are being tested. Well, the company still hides well all changes we will see on these two.
The German carmaker could prepare some changes for the interior and trim levels. The 2020 Audi Q3 will be available in Premium and Premium Plus configurations. Sport package is optional for both.
Upgrades for the upcoming models are numerous. The cabin will definitely get a sporty treatment with new seats wrapped in Alcantara leather. Larger 12-inch infotainment screen will be the center of a dashboard, which uses a lot of wood and chrome details. The subcompact crossover is not too spacious. Lack of room will make up with the latest systems and features, such as navigation (for RS and SQ3), premium audio system, and many more.
Standard offer includes a panoramic moonroof, xenon headlights, and 18-inch wheels. Keyless start/stop system, 19-inch wheels, and LED lights are part of Premium Plus and Sport models.
2020 Audi Q3 Price
Prices of the entry-level and Premium Plus 2020 Audi Q3 remain the same. The cheapest offer will be $33,000, upper trim adds $3,000 and Sport package another grand. Quattro system costs $2,000. Estimations about the 2020 Audi SQ3 say the vehicle will be somewhere between $40,000-$45,000. The RS tops this with a price over $53,000.