Audi plans light cosmetic changes for Q3 compact SUV, which is due to go on sale next year following a debut at the Geneva motor show in March

Audi's upcoming Q3 facelift has been spotted in a less disguised form, ahead of its planned launch next year.

This latest test mule reveals minor cosmetic changes over today's car, most notably the newest iteration of the firm's front grille. Revised headlight clusters can also be seen, alongside new lower air intakes. 

At the rear, the updated Q3 gets a new lower light cluster alongside a redesigned rear bumper and boot lid.

While the interior of this test model is disguised, Audi is expected to lift the cabin of the Q3 by revising its infotainment setup. Reports suggest the firm will do away with the current rotary control system in favour of a larger touchscreen.

The current Q3's engine line up is set to carry over mostly unchanged, but reports suggest the current 2.0-litre TDI unit could be replaced by a new 187bhp version, the same unit used in the new A6 Ultra. The resulting Q3 model could also wear an Ultra badge. Expect minor improvements to fuel economy and emissions elsewhere in the range, too.

Audi's performance version of the compact SUV is also expected to launch next year, with the latest RS Q3 getting cosmetic updates as well as a major interior re-style. Part of those cabin changes will include the new digitised dashboard from the TT. 

Given the late-stage appearance of this mule, a reveal at next year's Geneva motor show is likely.

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Our Verdict

The Audi Q3 is a desirable and capable contender that fails to engage its driver, which ultimately, leaves it trailing the BMW X1 and the Range Rover Evoque

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7 August 2014
Unless they do something about the short wheelbase / long overhang stance this will still be the runt of Audi's 'Q' litter.

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