The upcoming 2021 Audi SQ3 will arrive in the United States, according to the latest reports. First rumors strongly suggested that the SQ3 variant will be mainly sold in Europe. Now, it seems like the sporty crossover SUV is coming to the U.S., It is a handsome small crossover that rides on the famous MQB platform. It looks very modern, and its interior is premium.
The cabin is full of modern amenities, and comfort is more than good. As for the performances, SQ3 comes with a 2.0-liter engine that provides more than enough power. Overall, it is a very upright and sporty model, and here’s what you should expect from it in 2021.
Audi SQ3 Facelift
Newest spy shots didn’t deliver notable changes. We are sure that the 2021 Audi SQ3 will get at least mid-cycle facelift. However, heavy camouflage perfectly hides all of the parts. The SQ3 variant is mistaken for the RS Q3 model more often. The main difference is the engine. Moreover, SQ3 comes with quad tips, while RS Q3 offers oval exhaust tips. Both models are offering larger brakes and premium 19 and 20-inch wheels.
The new model should get new and exclusive exterior paints as well. The front part hosts a recognizable single-frame grille with nice-looking mesh inserts. The bumpers are restyled, and lower splitter looks more prominent. LED headlights are offered as standard, while the rear part shouldn’t change much. Sharp taillights will remain, along with the rear diffuser.
The interior details are also unavailable on the latest spy shots. The 2021 Audi SQ3 will most likely get minor updates, including the tech updates. The SQ3 variant comes with a nice interior layout, high-quality materials, and a high-mounted climate control vents. Some reports are predicting for the touchscreen to be moved down below since its current position is too high.
A fully digital instrument cluster is available, also known as the Audi Virtual Cockpit. That means Audi could remove a couple of analog gauges. A restyled three-spoke steering wheel will sport more buttons and controls. Comfort is great, and the credit goes to premium Alcantara and leather upholstery.
Audi Will Provide 30 Additional Horsepower
The forthcoming 2021 Audi SQ3 comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The same unit can be found in the S3 sedan as well. This engine is capable of producing 310 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. However, reliable reports are suggesting that the Audi will retune the engine, and the new 2021 SQ3 will generate up to 340 horsepower.
If that’s the case, then sporty crossover will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in five seconds. To compare, the RS Q3 variant uses a 2.5-liter turbo-five engine that delivers 340 hp. However, RS Q3 offers a 400hp output as well. Both models are available with Audi’s Quattro AWD system and a seven-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission.
2021 Audi SQ3 Price and Release Date
While the RS Q3 model starts at around $60,000, the new 2021 Audi SQ3 will cost slightly below that. More importantly, this sporty crossover is heading to the U.S. First reports strongly suggested for the SQ3 to be sold only in Europe. However, some other sources are confirming the rumors about its arrival in the United States. The sales will begin by the end of the current year.