We’re seeing more and more spyshots of the new second-generation Audi Q3, so it’s safe to say that it will be unveiled sooner rather than later. That’s good, because the current model is now seven years old, largely outdated and in dire need of a replacement.

This time, our photographers captured the interior as well, and it shows that Ingolstadt isn’t messing around with the technology on board. Aside from the virtual cockpit instrument display that we know and love, there’s also a large touchscreen running what appears to be a version of the new A8‘s MMI infotainment system. There are analogue climate controls rather than the luxury sedan’s second touchscreen, however.

Not much has changed on the outside, although the slow removal of camouflage reveal more of the car’s styling. Clear to see are the vertical air inlets that flank the flat “singleframe” grille and trapezoidal headlights, along with prominent haunches above the front and rear wheels that are fast becoming an Audi signature.

The rear mirrors the front with trapezoidal tail lights, but the outgoing model’s distinctive full-width tailgate is gone, replaced by a traditional rectangular unit that bisects the tail lights. The fake twin tailpipes are filled with snow here, exposing their (lack of) function.

Underneath, the Q3 will finally move to the Volkswagen Group’s modular MQB platform, and is expected to grow by 60 mm in length, 50 mm in width and 50 mm in wheelbase – this should result in greater room for people and cargo. The car will also be lighter than before, and should gain plug-in hybrid and all-electric e-tron variants to go with the usual petrol and diesel engines.