2025 Audi Q3 sheds camo in latest spy shots

By automotive-mag.com 3 Min Read

A prototype for the next generation of Audi’s Q3 compact crossover has been spotted again. It already appears to be at a late stage of development judging by the thin camouflage gear and production-bound lights fitted to the vehicle.

The current second-generation Q3 arrived in 2018 as a 2019 model. The redesigned third-generation model is expected to make its debut late this year or early next, meaning it should arrive in the U.S. as a 2025 or possibly 2026 model.

The new Q3 appears to feature similar proportions to the current model, which makes sense as the two vehicles will share a platform, in this case Volkswagen Group’s MQB, though the new Q3 will get an updated version of the platform known as MQB Evo.

The rest of the design is unique, as the new Q3 features split headlights with thin daytime running lights similar to what Audi used for the recently revealed 2025 Q6 E-Tron electric compact crossover. The grille mesh is also a new design for Audi. At the rear is a light strip that marks a new motif for the Q3.

The prototypes feature a plug-in hybrid powertrain, with the charging port mounted on the driver side front fender. A mild-hybrid powertrain may be offered, though Audi hasn’t detailed any plans for the vehicle yet.

A future RS Q3 with a turbocharged 2.5-liter inline-5 should also arrive, likely as one last hurrah for the engine. Beyond 2026, Audi will no longer launch cars with internal-combustion engines.

A more coupe-like Q3 Sportback should also be in the pipeline. Audi has never sold the current Q3 Sportback in the U.S., and it isn’t clear whether that will also be the case for the new generation.

In other markets, the new Q3 will spawn related models at fellow Volkswagen Group brands Cupra, Skoda, and Volkswagen. The first of these will be a Cupra Terramar, which was previewed in 2022 by a concept of the same name. It starts production later this year.

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