Next-gen Audi Q3 Hybrid (2024 launch): Here’s what we know

  • Audi's gas-powered compact SUV to receive its biggest update in 2024
  • Next-gen Q3 expected to be released with mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains
  • Could be launched in the U.S. in the second half of 2024
  • Will likely be priced from just under USD 40,000.

Update: ‘Design’ section updated with a new render.

The Audi Q3 is among the last models in the four-ringed brand’s lineup awaiting electrification. As it gears up for a complete overhaul to enter its third generation — paralleling the upscale counterpart of the VW Tiguan — the Q3 is set to embrace electrified powertrains. Here’s what we know about the next-gen Audi Q3 so far:


Source: Youtube/CarSpyMedia

The Audi Q3 gained a more expressive design when it transitioned to its second generation in 2018. For the third generation, it will adopt a more fierce look, achieved with a visibly more aggressive front fascia. Spy media has shown a new octagonal Singleframe grille that appears to be shorter and emphasizes the SUV’s width. The new radiator grille has vertical inserts, and the intake covering the lower air intake has a honeycomb pattern, which if you ask us, brings sophistication to front.

The biggest change on the next-gen Audi Q3 will be split headlights, consisting of a slim, wedge-shaped DRL unit on the top and a mid-section unit consisting of low- and high-beam lights. Needless to say, the DRLs will double as turn signals. We are inclined to believe that the new front-end will make the third-gen Q3 look more aggressive than any past iteration of the Q3.

Next-gen Audi Q3 Hybrid (2024 reveal) render
The next-gen Audi Q3 will likely have a slightly more aerodynamic exterior, leading to reduced fuel consumption. TopElectricSUV’s illustration of the new Q3 shown.

If you ask us, the side profile of the next-gen Q3 looks more aerodynamic. Spy images suggest that its roofline has a steeper curvature and slopes down to a lower level at the back. The company isn’t going all in on the aero front, though, employing regular door handles instead of flush-fitted units. At the rear, we expect the redesigned Q3 to feature new tail lamps.


We think the next-gen Audi Q3 will ride on the MQB evo platform, which, as stated on Volkswagen Belgium’s press portal, is the “final evolutionary phase of the modular MQB platform.” It could be offered with 1.5-liter turbocharged gas engine-based mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. 

Mild Hybrid

Starting with the mild-hybrid powertrain, the 1.5-liter engine could work with a 48-volt belt-driven starter generator. We expect the engine to produce 150 kW and 250 Nm of torque and the belt-driven starter generator to assist it with an electric boost with 15 kW of additional power and 25 Nm of additional torque. The latter may recover the energy generated during braking or deceleration and store it in an additional, 48-volt lithium-ion battery pack. The engine could be linked to a 7-speed DCT.

We expect the mild-hybrid powertrain to have an improved cylinder-on-demand (COD) system in which the switching on and off of the second and third cylinders has been optimized to make the changeovers almost imperceptible.

Audi Q3 S line front three quarter dynamic
We expect the next-gen Audi Q3 to be available with mild-hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains. Current gen SUV shown. Image Source: Volkswagen Group

Plug-in Hybrid

Volkswagen Group has developed two new plug-in hybrid powertrains. We expect at least one of them to find its way into the next-gen Audi Q3 TFSI e.

The base powertrain uses a 110 kW (147 hp) engine with a ‘HEM80evo’ electric motor integrated into a 6-speed ‘DQ400e evo’ DCT. The electric motor alone generates 85 kW (114 hp) of power and 330 Nm (243 lb.-ft.) of torque. It produces 150 kW (201 hp) of system power and 350 Nm (258 lb.-ft.) of system torque. The flagship version upgrades to a 130 kW (174 hp) engine, leading to 200 kW (268 hp) of system power and 400 Nm (295 lb.-ft.) of system torque.

The HEM80evo electric motor will likely save and obtain energy from a liquid-cooled 19.7 kWh battery pack placed in front of the rear axle. Thanks to the larger battery, the Q3 plug-in hybrid could do up to 100 km (62 miles) in the WLTP cycle in EV mode.

The 19.7 kWh battery pack may support charging at up to 11 kW at AC charging stations and up to 50 kW at DC charging stations. Topping it up from a fully discharged state to full capacity at an AC charging station may take approximately two hours. At a DC charging station, a 10-80% charging session may take just about 25 minutes.

Price & Release date

We expect the next-gen Audi Q3 to break cover by June 2024 and arrive at U.S. dealerships in Q3 2024 (July-September 2023). Prices will likely start at just under USD 40,000.

In 2023, Audi delivered 22,189 units of the Q3 in the U.S., marking an 11% year-over-year decline in sales (2022: 25,066 units). The full redesign expected later in 2024 should help the compact luxury SUV regain popularity in our market and recover sales.

TopElectricSUV says

The next-gen Audi Q3 will be the biggest update to date for the German automaker’s compact SUV. We think it will feature a striking new design and a classier and more comfortable interior and be available with several electrified powertrains that provide a more refined driving experience. The next-gen Q3 Hybrid is likely to be the best alternative for Audi customers not yet ready to make the EV switch and pick keys to the Q4 e-tron.

Next-gen Audi Q3 FAQs

What is the next-gen Audi Q3 release date?

The next-gen Audi Q3 will likely be launched in the U.S. in the second half of 2024.

Which models will be next-gen Audi Q3 rivals?

The next-gen Audi Q3 will rival the Mercedes GLA, Lexus NX, and BMW X1.

What will be the next-gen Audi Q3 price?

The next-gen Audi Q3’s prices will likely start at just under USD 40,000.

Featured Image: TopElectricSUV’s rendering of the next-gen Audi Q3 Hybrid.