Despite being one of the most affordable premium crossovers on sale, the Audi Q3 is struggling with sales contracting by 27% in America last year. In response, the German automaker is preparing major updates, which will debut with the 2025 Audi Q3.
A couple of weeks ago, the 2025 Audi Q3 was spotted undergoing testing for the first time. Even though the prototype was heavily camouflaged, major design changes could be seen. These updates will be presented for the next major model year update, which will be the Q3’s mid-life facelift.
Fortunately, you won’t have to wait until 2024 to see the new Q3, as the website Kolesa has removed the layers of camouflage to fully reveal the car. We believe these renderings are 99% accurate in depicting the production model.
As you can see, Audi is completely changing the front-end design of the Q3 for the next model year. The refreshed Q3 and Q3 Sportback will have much narrower headlights, most likely utilizing LED modules from either the all-electric Q4 or the upcoming Q6. The front end looks nothing like the current models, partly due to a new octagonal grille, which gives the front end an imposing appearance.
Around the back, the 2025 Audi Q3 will be equipped with a large wrap-around taillight unit which is narrow in the middle and blooms out on the sides. This design was first seen on the e-tron GT, the company’s flagship EV. However, it’s not much different from the Q6 e-tron.
You’ll also notice that the renderings depict charging ports, and that’s because plug-in hybrid powertrains are a major part of the Q3’s upcoming arsenal.
2025 Audi Q3 engines
The Q3 was Audi’s first premium crossover when it came out in 2011. Unlike the Q5 or Q7, it’s built on a car platform, similar to the A3 compacts. One major advantage of this is that it can share parts with new models based on the MQB Evo platform.
This means the 2025 Audi Q3 will be retaining the gasoline and diesel powertrains while adding mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid options.
In America, the basic engine will be the Q3 40 TFSI, which will get an increase in power from the current 181 hp to 201 hp. The more powerful Q3 45 TFSI which comes standard with AWD will be bumped from 228 hp to 235 hp, just like the Tennessee-made VW Atlas.
The Europeans will get a lot more variety, though. Their base 2025 Audi Q3 will be the 35 TFSI with a 1.5 mild-hybrid engine making 150 PS (148 hp). They will also have the option of a 2.0 TFSI making 204 PS(201 hp). There will also be a more powerful version of the EA888 2.0 TFSI, rated at 265 PS (262 hp).
On the diesel side, the 2.0 TDI will be available with 150 PS (148 hp) and 193 PS (190 hp). However, the highlights will be the two new PHEVs which will produce 201 hp (204 PS) and 268 hp (272 PS) respectively. A massive 18 kWh battery will give the latter up to 60 miles of EV range.