The new Q3 compact crossover is on the way. While the company is planning to launch smaller SUVs, there will be also other variations of the same vehicle. One of them is 2020 Audi SQ3. This is the performance-oriented model with a lot of similarities with the standard Q3. However, the S model is still not the top version of the SUV. The RS is also on the way with improved performance.
The S in 2020 Audi SQ3 stands for Sport. The RS is RennSport, or in English – Racing Sport. So, the difference is obvious. The 2020 Audi SQ3 is a sportier model of the standard crossover. For example, the appearance and performance are more aggressive. What is an SQ model for standard Q, that is exactly RS compared to the SQ. Top of the class versions comes with the most powerful engines and unique upgrades. But, the SQ responds with not so high outputs, but still fair enough to attract attention.
2020 Audi SQ3 Tests and Spy Shots
The 2020 Audi SQ3 is spotted at Nurburgring track. That is the place where RS models have its tryouts. This time, the SQ3 had a chance to prove itself. Since this is the first time the crossover is having such model, the company provides the best conditions for testing. According to leaking sources, the performance-oriented SUV is almost ready. Not too many changes are still ahead of engineers.
On the other hand, spy photos are not unveiling too much. The car wears a heavy camouflage that covers most of its body. The 2020 Audi SQ3 is going to upgrade regular crossover with unique details. These are stylish and functional. Its visual appearance should draw more attention. Bigger wheels with special rims and revisit of the front fascia will do the task. On the other hand, smoother lines of the hood and roof are there to improve aerodynamically. Details are not available, but we expect the Audi SQ3 with same dimensions as the base model.
2020 Audi SQ3 Specs
The difference between the 2020 Audi SQ3 and RS model are the most notable on performance sheet. The first one will get the power from a 2.0-liter turbo-four unit. This mill is ready to create 340 horses. For the standard crossover, the same engine is good for 200 hp. On the other hand, the Audi RS Q3 is getting energy from a 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-four engine. This unit produces over 400 hp.
Converted to performance, what does this mean? The power difference will make the SUV with more muscles go faster. Not only that top speeds are on different levels, but also acceleration. The 2020 Audi SQ3 will need less to reach 60 mph than the standard model. On the other hand, it can’t match the RS Q3’s 4.5 seconds needed to hit 60 mph. Regular SUV needs 6.5 sec, and SQ3 will be somewhere between probably just above 5 seconds.
2020 Audi SQ3 Release Date
This is the first time the Q3 comes in Sport variant. The RS came out in 2013, although its concept was shown in 2002. Well, we shouldn’t wait for too long, since the 2020 Audi SQ3 is already on tracks. After tests, designers should finish the look of the crossover. By the end of 2019, everything should be ready for a debut. Last quarter of next year or the first one in 2020 will show us the new model.
As its performance sheet, the price of the 2020 Audi SQ3 will be somewhere between standard and RS version. Again, it is going to be closer to performance-oriented SUV. It will cost around $60,000 and the base crossover is boosting its price for 2020 up to $35,000. A fair price for SQ3 could be around $50,000.