2016 Audi Q3 Changes, Release date

Compact luxury SUV has been available in Europe for a while now, since 2011, but it became available in US just recently, with 2015 model. This is the explanation why German brand will do a facelift for the 2016 Audi Q3.  The changes will mainly affect the appearance of the model, while performance should stay the same, since it is a facelift rather than full redesign. However the powertrain options for the US market are not confirmed yet, so we can still hope than some “European” engines will be available for the US market as well.

2016 Audi Q3 Front

2016 Audi Q3 exterior and interior

The appearance of the 2016 Audi Q3 is modernized, but doesn’t feature any major or significant change. Its front and rear ends are refreshed. This refreshment includes new version of Audi’s recognizable single-frame grill, which now looks bolder and better. The grill is linked with headlights, which come with new lighting technology – xenon HID or optional full-LED. The wheel design and re-modeled tailgate complete the picture of exterior refreshment. Other than this, Audi hasn’t prepared much on the outside.

Interior changes will include few things. Materials used on the inside are made out of better quality, which enhances the comfort during the ride. Beside this, Audi upgraded its infotainment system, and added few extra features as standard. The design of the interior, including dashboard stays the same. Simplicity and high quality are still its main advantages.

2016 Audi Q3 Interior

2016 Audi Q3 engine specs

Although German auto producer hasn’t revealed full specs of the 2016 Audi Q3 for the US market, some information still came out. Base engine empowering this luxury SUV is a 2.0-liter turbocharged TFSI 4-cylinder unit that delivers 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque. It will be combined with either 6-speed automatic transmission or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic, which is currently offered for the models available in Europe. Both front and all-wheel drive will be available, front as standard and all-wheel as optional.

The second engine option will probably be stronger engine, which will be placed under the hood of the 2016 Q3 RS which will, probably be offered in the US. It is a 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine with 310 hp and 309 lb-ft of torque.

2016 Audi Q3 Rear

2016 Audi Q3 price and release date

Although Audi presented its refreshed Q3 at the Detroit Auto Show, earlier on this month, its sales won’t start before this fall, when buyers will have the chance to test and buy the 2016 version of the great Q3 SUV.  The price of the model is not revealed yet, but according to several sources, base price tag will be around $36,000 for the front-wheel drive model, and around $39,000 for the model with all-wheel drive.

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