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Published Date: 10/11/2014

Audi has revealed a host of changes to both its Q3 and RS Q3 mini SUV’s – the face lifted models will go on sale later this month and early next year respectively.

Audi Q3

The Q3 has received a host of styling, safety and equipment upgrades whilst the RS Q3 has seen its output increased by an extra 30bhp to 335bhp – taking the 0-62mph time down from 5.2 to 4.8 seconds.

Looking at the new Q3, it’s clear to see where the changes have been made – a brand new 3D effect Singleframe grille, revised bumpers and new alloy wheels combine for striking exterior visuals.

Revised headlights now come with xenon bulbs and LED daytime running lights as standard in SE variants – complimented nicely at the back with reworked LED tail lights.

Under the bonnet, the latest Q3 models come with a choice of two TDI diesels and three TFSI engines offering higher power outputs and improved economy.

Not only do the new engines offer better performance for the driver but the environment will benefit from a CO2 emission reduction of 17 per cent – in compliance with EU6 regulations.

Heading up the revised engine line-up is the 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine with Cylinder-on-Demand technology – making its Q3 debut after first appearing in the A1 and A3 models.

A revised 2.0-litre TDI now comes with 148bhp instead of the 138bhp on the previous model – fuel economy has also been boosted to 61.4mpg in the SE trim.

Standard kit now includes dual-zone climate air-conditioning, a retractable 6.5-inch display screen, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, automatic headlights and a drive select system.

The new Q3 is available to order now with prices starting at £25,340 for the 1.4-litre TFSI SE.

The RS Q3 will still come with a 2.5-litre five-cylinder turbocharged alongside a seven-speed S tronic transmission which transfers the power of the Quattro drivetrain through a new hydraulic multi-plate clutch – allowing for even quicker gear changes.

Pricing has yet to be announced for the RS Q3 model but we expect news on this by the end of the year.

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