Audi has revealed the Q3 Sportback, the latest coupe-styled SUV from the Ingolstadt manufacturer.
Once it lands in Australia in the first half of 2020, it will do battle with the latest round of style-oriented premium crossovers including the BMW X2 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.
Extensive visual changes have occurred past the B-pillar, where the roofline has been lowered, a large roof spoiler has been fitted and the rear haunches have been widened. The intakes up front are also larger, while the rear diffuser is said to be more distinctive than the regular Q3.
Inside, it’s nearly identical to the standard car – aside from the notable reduction in rear headroom from the revised roofline – with front passengers benefitting from a 10.25-inch ‘Virtual Cockpit’ instument cluster, a 10.1-inch infotainment screen and satellite navigation.
Two engines will be offered at launch, a 169kW/350Nm 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder petrol ’45 TFSI’, and a 110kW/340Nm 2.0-litre turbo-diesel ’35 TDI’ – both drive all wheels through a front-biased ‘quattro‘ all-wheel-drive system and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Additional variants of different power levels, along with manual gearbox and front-wheel-drive options, will arrive at a later date.
The 2019 Audi Q3 Sportback is set to go on sale in Europe in 2019, ahead of an Australian debut in the first half of 2020.