It’s been a while since the RS model is not part of the Q3 compact crossover lineup. Now Audi is considering to bring back this performance-oriented model to enhance sales. Of course, the price will go up as well. However, nothing is official yet, since the German carmaker is not confirming this. Also, we lack some clues as spy photographers didn’t catch this vehicle yet. But, soon we will know more about the 2020 Audi RS Q3.
The RS version of the compact crossover SUV will compete with the BMW X1 M Sport model. The battle between these two German factories is ruthless in every segment. Now, they are bringing it on to the luxury division of small SUVs. The 2020 Audi RS Q3 will get a drivetrain that can produce more power than the standard unit. Other tuning includes special suspension, wheels, and a few other parts that will boost both aerodynamics and appearance. All in all, the comeback of the RS model is the biggest change for the next season.
Will There Be 2020 Audi RS Q3?
The new generation of the Q3 crossover was launched in 2018. So, the vehicle doesn’t need any cosmetic or mechanical update for a couple of seasons. But, limited trim levels and offers are always welcome. That is why we believe the German carmaker will refresh the lineup with the 2020 Audi RS Q3. According to some rumors, the carmaker is testing this model in its homeland. There are two different types of vehicles on spy photos, both claiming to be RS Q3. Well, we must mention that another performance-oriented crossover is an option as well – 2020 Audi SQ3. This one is an even lighter version of the RS.
So, without an official confirmation, we don’t know what exactly is going on. Will there be both models? We doubt. It is more likely that RS Q3 will be the first to show up. If buyers show interest, Audi will develop the next level of the performance crossover.
According to experts, the 2020 Audi RS Q3 could get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder turbo engine that burst 400 hp. The SQ3 model will come with a lighter 2.0-l setup and 350 hp. Just for comparison, the standard Q3 also uses this 2.0-liter displacement and gets 200 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. Of course, the famous Quattro system is used for all versions. The base crossover is pairing the engine with a six-speed transmission. For these performance-oriented models, the power router is a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. With such configuration, the 2020 Audi RS Q3 will need less than five seconds for 0-60 mph sprint.
2020 Audi RS Q3 Price News
The new 2020 Audi RS Q3 will cost higher than the base crossover’s high-end trims. Currently, Premium Plus package costs $36,000. The RS badge will launch the price over $40,000 for sure. Do not be surprised if the crossover hits $50k mark. The new SQ3 could cost around $40,000.
Release Date and Competition
The update for the next season is RS package, almost definitely. The company is going to launch the special version of the Q3 in the second or third quarter of 2020. Both performance-oriented models could arrive next year. Its main rivals are ready. BMW is testing new X1 with M Sport package. Mercedes is also on the market with famous AMG badge for its GLA Class.