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Audi Malaysia has launched its new, facelifted Q3 SUV. This one does take us by a bit of a surprise, especially when we know the brand to also be preparing to debut its larger Q7 SUV very soon, as well.

The slightly-refreshed Q3 was globally rolled out nearly a year ago, showing off a new front grille, as well as sharper front and rear lighting designs. The shape of the enlarged horizontal front grille is now more pronounced, just as we’ve seen it on other new Audi models. Unique to the Q3’s front grille however, is a set of “wings” if you will, that appear to lead into the headlamps.

Audi Q3 1.4 TFSI Facelift

For the base front-wheel driven 1.4 TFSI variant, Audi Malaysia will command a competitive RM217,900: a marginal increase over the previous RM216,888. However, there are a few additional features over the previous variant.

The Q3’s 1.4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine is rated at the same 150 hp and 250 Nm of torque. However, a closer look at the spec sheet reveals that its peak torque now kicks in at 200 rpm sooner than before, and is extended for 500 rpm more – spelling a max torque range of 1,500 rpm to 3,500 rpm.

The 1.4 TFSI is now also more fuel efficient and environmentally-friendly, marginally improving its consumption figures by 0.2 l/100km, to 6.0 l/100km now, and lowering its CO2 emissions from 145 g/km to 139 g/km. Top speed has been increased by 4 km/h to 204 km/h, but it’s century sprint time remains at 8.9 seconds.

Some of these performance changes can be attributed to the new six-speed S tronic, wet dual-clutch auto transmission, put in place to replace the previous dry clutch seven-speed S tronic.

Bar the new looks brought on by the facelift, the new Q3 1.4 TFSI looks very similarly equipped with the previous model. However, for the RM1,012 more that you’d have to pay over the pre-facelift model, you do get the Comfort Key keyless entry system (previously an RM2,500 option) and an engine auto start/stop system as standard now.

Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro Facelift

There’s a significant power increase of 10 hp and 40 Nm of torque more than before. The turbo-four is now rated for 180 hp held between 4,000 to 6,200 rpm, while the 320 Nm of torque isn’t only more than before, but also comes in 300 rpm sooner, from 1,400 to 3,900 rpm.

Utilising the same 7-speed S tronic transmission as the pre-facelifted model, the additional power from 2.0 TFSI variant launches itself from standstill to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds, 0.2 seconds faster than the pre-facelifted variant. Its top speed has also been increased by 5 km/h to 217 km/h now.

Just like the base variant, the 2.0 TFSI is also more fuel efficient and eco-friendly, claiming 6.5 l/100km (previously 7.7 l/100km), and is rated to emit 150 g/km (previously 179 g/km).

On top of everything the 1.4 TFSI offers, the additional RM35,000 asked for the 2.0 TFSI adds more power, a quattro all-wheel drive system, an additional Park Assist system with a 360-degree display, and larger five-spoke “dynamic design” 18-inch alloy wheels.

The RM252,900 asked for the facelifted 2.0 TFSI quattro is unchanged.

Audi Malaysia has confirmed that the new compact SUV is available for viewing at its authorised dealerships nationwide beginning today, and will be available in five different colour choices: Glacier White, Floret Silver, Utopia Blue and Tundra Brown, and Brilliant Black.