The second-generation Audi Q3 is upon us, and by the looks of things, the subcompact crossover seems to be on track for a debut sometime this year. The original model was introduced in 2011, and has already been refreshed twice in 2014 and 2016.

Just like the Volkswagen Tiguan, the new Q3 will ride on the VW Group’s MQB platform, which also underpins sister models Skoda Kodiaq and Seat Ateca. That means the Q3 will grow in size, allowing for a roomier cabin. Apparently, the overall length is up by 60 mm, whereas width will grow by 50 mm. The wheelbase will reportedly be stretched by 50 mm, though all this remains to be seen.

The adoption of the MQB platform will also make the car lighter and stiffer than its predecessor, making it more agile and comfortable at the same time. Perhaps most importantly, the chassis architecture will allow for some form of electrification, be it in mild hybrid, plug-in hybrid or even full EV forms.

Design wise, the new model seems to follow the evolutionary footsteps of the new Q5, featuring a wider six-pointed Singleframe grille, sleeker headlights with Audi’s new-generation LED daytime running lights, redesigned body and door-mounted side mirrors (previously fitted onto the A-pillars).

The rear also gets suitably updated with LED tail lamps, possibly featuring the same three-dimensional contours as seen on recent Audi models. Adding drama to the overall shape is a more prominent shoulder line that goes down the sides of the SUV, as well as a more muscular rear wheel arch to further emphasise its ruggedness. The tailgate design will also be new, and should open up to reveal a boot space that’s larger than the current model’s 420 litre capacity.

In Malaysia, the asking price for the current Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro is RM254,900, while the front-wheel drive 1.4 TFSI variant can be had for RM218,900. Check out CarBase.my for a detailed breakdown of its specifications and equipment.

GALLERY: Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro in Malaysia