The 2019 Audi RS Q3 was taken at the Nürburgring during development and to maintain the charismatic 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine of the current generation, though brought to the 362bhp of the RS Q3 Performance model.
Other to come into the house rivals such as the 306bhp Volkswagen T-Roc R and 296bhp Ateca Cupra, which are both much less powerful, the RS Q3 faces competition only from the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45. This car is almost at the end of its life cycle and will not be replaced until months after the GLA is revealed to us in 2019.
Sources have revealed to Autocar that the new Q3 will be built in Gyor, Hungary, so that the RS Q3 will follow. The five-cylinder engine is also assembled at the factory, it is almost certain to be used for the next hot alternative.
It is not yet known if an SQ3 will join the range a warm version, although none of these models has been done the last time; the SQ2 is the closest model in the range and is due in the coming months.
The RS Q3 will join a growing number of 3-badged cars such as Audi prepares to replace the axe the three-door A3, with a five-door liftback coupé, which is also expected to get S3 and RS3 variants. This model will take the Sportback name, with five-door hatchback badged A3.