2017 Audi Q3 Facelift Revealed

  • Sep 16, 2016
Luxury carmaker, Audi has revealed a facelift of the compact Q3 SUV that is scheduled for 2016 or early-2017 launch. The facelift is expected to be the last one for the first-generation Q3 that debuted in 2011.

Changes to the Q3 are primarily cosmetic and will help Audi keep the SUV fresh before the second-generation Q3 arrives. The update includes a redesigned front bumper with larger air intakes, a wider air dam and a matt-finish black slat underneath. Black theme has been extensively used throughout; the underbody cladding is now black, the ORVMs, roof rails and the rear spoiler also match the theme.

The Q3 S Line Competition will continue with the same set of engines however S Line sport suspension and Audi Drive Select system will make way as standard equipment in the package.

On the inside, the S Line package adds a sporty flavour as the Q3 gets black leather power operated sports seats with S Line logo. Audi will also offer an optional package with Alcantra & Fine Nappa leather interior and flat-bottomed leather steering wheel; chances of this package coming to India are however, minimal.

[caption id="attachment_105541" align="aligncenter" width="650"]Q3-int Flat-bottom steering wheel is a part of an optional interior package, might not come to India[/caption]

The facelift Q3 will also sport a new ‘Camouflage Green’ exterior colour option.

Audi Q3 range in India currently starts from around Rs 30 lakh and goes upto Rs 40 lakh (ex-showroom). The entry-level variant is the Q3 30TDI S Edition and is the least powerful of the lot. The 1968cc diesel engine in the Q3 30TDI makes 138bhp of maximum power and is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. Other two variants of the Q3, the Q3 35TDI Quattro Premium and Q3 35TDI Quattro Premium Plus, get the same 2.0-litre engine, albeit with a raised power output of 174bhp. The top-two variants get 7-Speed S-Tronic automatic transmission and All Wheel Drive setup. Audi is expected to continue with the same engine-transmission options in the facelift Q3.

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