After the new generation of the Q3 subcompact crossover hit the market, no big changes are needed in foreseeable future. Well, not on the base model. However, Audi is preparing a few interesting upgrades for the next season. The vehicle could be in shadow with the all-new Q4 out, but the 2020 Audi Q3 will still have something to show. Performance-oriented RS and SQ models are almost ready, and these will deliver more power and driving excitement.
Although we are seeing spy photos, these are not 2020 Audi Q3 crossovers. RS model is under heavy camo and the company tries to hide what kind of upgrades we will see there. Of course, both exterior and interior will be more aggressive and we have the first info about drivetrains and its specs. However, the company needs to confirm these claims. But, this is going to happen in the second half of the year, when we get closer to the release date. Audi could show the new Q3 at Detroit, but the German carmaker surprisingly skipped the show.
2020 Audi Q3 Specs
The only drivetrain available for the standard 2020 Audi Q3 is a 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder engine. The powertrain is turbocharged. It can develop 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. However, buyers will have a choice to make – if they want front-wheel drive or a famous Quattro system. A six-speed Tiptronic automatic gearbox is a power transmitter. A four-wheel drive is not going to harm fuel economy. The Q3 will return 24 mpg combined, 28 mpg on the highway. However, this is worse efficiency than we can find on its archrival BMW X1. The Bavarian carmaker’s model returns 32 mpg on highways.
2020 Audi SQ3
The new edition of the subcompact crossover is adding the 2020 Audi SQ3 version. The performance-oriented SUV will use the same drivetrain. However, engineers will tune it to deliver more power. Some reports are saying a 2.0-liter four-banger is capable to create over 300 hp. Twin-turbo system will definitely offer a help. The SQ3 model will be available only with a Quattro all-wheel drive system. The same Tiptronic transmission as for the base model will spread the power to all wheels. Max speed will jump from 130 mph offered by 2020 Audi Q3. The SQ3 edition will need just 5 seconds to reach 60 mph from a stop.
2020 Audi RS Q3
If you think the SQ3 is offering stunning performance, wait to see numbers of the 2020 Audi RS Q3. First of all, the crossover will use a larger displacement. For this version, that is a 2.5-liter inline-five unit. Of course, the turbo system is ready t maximize the output, and experts are saying the RS model will be able to achieve 400 horsepower. A six-speed gearbox can’t stand so much energy, so Audi will pair a five-cylinder engine with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Ceramic discs are upgrades for brakes, while there are also six-pot calipers. The most optimistic predictions say the RS Q3 will drop the acceleration to 60 mph under 4 seconds. With 360 lb-ft of torque coming out of 2.5-liter turbo engine, everything is possible.
2020 Audi Q3 Spy Photos
The new 2020 Audi Q3 will suffer only minor cosmetic changes. Still, we are seeing heavily camouflaged models out on streets. These are RS and SQ3 crossovers. The major upgrades of the lineup are coming. Currently, the Q3 has two trim levels, Premium and Premium Plus, and both of them are offering optional Sport package.
Interior of SQ3 and RS Q3
Two performance-tuned crossovers will redesign the interior. The cabin will look sportier, with more premium details and materials. The first thing we will spot is a huge 12-inch infotainment screen. Alcantara leather is wrapping seats and steering wheel. Carbon, wood, and aluminum details are going to boost the overall elegance. Taller passengers won’t have too much space on rear seats. The subcompact crossover is going to use the latest infotainment features, and both SQ3 and RS Q3 will come with navigation as standard offer.
2020 Audi Q3 Features
The new 2020 Audi Q3 is coming unchanged compared to its predecessor. That means the standard offer will include Premium trim package with 18-inch wheels and Xenon headlights. The panoramic moonroof is also there. Sport model adds 19-inch wheels and interior details. Premium Plus package uses LED lights and keyless start, stop, and entry. Heated front seats and power tailgate are additions with Plus suite.
The new 2020 Audi Q3 will keep the pricing for the base models. The base configuration costs $33,000. Quattro setup adds $2,000 and Sport package $1,000. Premium Plus trim starts at $36,000. The new SQ3 is not going to cost under $40,000. However, the price could go up to $45,000. The RS Q3 is top of the line model. Save money if you are after this one, since it will come with the price sticker above $50k.