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2016 Audi RS Q3 Spy Shots

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Audi’s Q3 compact crossover is set to launch on the market this fall, but the vehicle’s been on sale elsewhere for the past couple of years and is due to receive a mid-cycle update soon. We’ve already seen spy shots of a prototype for a facelifted version of the regular Q3, and now we have spy shots of a prototype for a facelifted version of the high-performance RS Q3.

The changes include some minor revisions for the exterior, such as new graphics in the lights and different wheel patterns, and it’s likely we’ll see a few tweaks inside. One of those tweaks could be the adoption of a digital instrument cluster.

As the RS Q3 was all-new just a year ago, we’re not expecting any significant changes in the powertrain department. The current model is powered by the familiar five-cylinder TFSI found in the previous TT RS and RS 3 models, and peak output of the turbocharged and direct-injected 2.5-liter unit in the facelifted RS Q3 should remain at 310 horsepower and 309 pound-feet of torque.

The facelifted Q3 range, including the new RS Q3, is expected to go on sale in Europe in 2015. If the RS Q3 does get the green light for the U.S., we’re likely to see it launched sometime during the 2016 model year.

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