The facelifted RS Q3 could make its debut at the Paris motor show in October
New lighting graphics can be seen at the front and rear of this test mule
The facelifted car should keep its 2.5-litre, five-cylinder engine
That means the RS Q3 will also have 306bhp available when it goes on sale early next year
While styling changes for the exterior of the car are mild, they do include new lighting graphics for the front and rear. The large lower air intakes of the current model remain, as does the prominent Audi grille and badging, but this model also sports new alloy wheel designs.
No power changes are expected under the bonnet, so the RS Q3 will likely keep its 2.5-litre, five-cylinder engine borrowed from the RS3. With 306bhp, 310lb ft and a 0-62mph sprint time of 5.2 seconds, the updated RS Q3 should remain a very quick machine.
Inside, we expect minor revisions to the fit and finish of the cabin, but one big improvement could be the adoption of a completely digitised dashboard, first seen on the new TT. That could negate the use of a seperate infotainment screen, transferring all functionality to the instrument cluster itself.
While Audi has yet to reveal official pricing information, it seems likely that the updated RS Q3 would command a small premium over the £43,015 asked for today's car. An official reveal at the Paris motor show in October, where Audi is also planning to show its new RS3 hatchback, can't be ruled out.
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