Audi has revealed its updated-for-2015 Q3 SUV today, shown here in sports-kitted TDI diesel and top-shelf RS petrol forms.
The new model-year update brings a number of small but significant styling changes, along with improved fuel efficiency across the range and boosted outputs for the hero RS Q3.
Headlining the cosmetic tweaks is a subtly reshaped grille, now framed by a bold silver trim that extends to the updated headlights.
The bumpers at both ends have also been updated, taking on a sharpened look for 2015.
The exterior updates are rounded out by re-styled LED daytime lights at the rear.
The RS Q3’s front end now gets a more muscular look and new silver highlights, taking inspiration from Audi’s wider RS range.
Changes in the cabin are limited to new trim options, with the dash, steering wheel and centre console styling all remaining largely unchanged.
The updated Q3 range will again be offered with a range of petrol and diesel options. Audi promises fuel consumption and emissions improvements across the range.
The current Australian range is offered with 1.4 and 2.0 litre petrol engines, along with a 2.0 litre diesel option, but local outputs for this updated range won’t be revealed until early in 2015.
The hero 2.5 litre five-cylinder turbocharged petrol RS Q3, which currently offers 228kW and 420Nm of torque, gets a power and torque boost for European markets.
For 2015, the RS Q3’s figures have been boosted to an even 250kW and 450Nm - although it remains to be seen if Australia, a “hot weather destination”, will see the updated RS Q3 land with these increased outputs intact.
Audi says the RS Q3’s updated powerplant - along with a newly refined and faster seven-speed S tronic auto - will launch the compact SUV to 100km/h in just 4.8 seconds, marking a significant improvement over the current model’s 5.5 seconds claim.
Speaking with TMR today, Audi Australia’s Shaun Cleary confirmed that a second-half 2015 debut is on the cards for the updated Q3 and RS Q3 lines.