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Here’s a glimpse of the 2019 Audi Q3 ahead of its debut this week

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Compact crossovers and SUVs are still all the rage, especially among premium and luxury brands, but it's still hard to believe a second generation Audi Q3 is already on the doorstep. The first-gen model debuted all the way back in 2011 but only made it stateside starting with the 2015 model year, offering a bodystyle similar to that of the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, one of its rivals. The outgoing Q3 is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, good for 200 hp and 207 lb-ft of torque, sent to the front wheels or all four wheels courtesy of quattro all-wheel drive.

But the conservative styling of the first-gen model didn't exactly get Audi enthusiasts fired up — it was a taller A3 hatch and that's about it — and the outgoing model is currently one of the oldest vehicles in Ingolstadt's stateside lineup. Also, it wasn't particularly roomy, even compared to the Tiguan of the time.

Audi looks to change all that with the debut of the second-generation Q3, which will be unveiled tomorrow. The short teaser video previews sharper design designs and updated headlights, among other details. Look for Audi Virtual Cockpit when the model is unveiled tomorrow, in addition to an updated range of engines which will likely include a 1.5-liter TSI engine.

The second-gen Q3 will have even more competition when it goes on sale later this year: The BMW X2 and the Volvo XC40 weren't around when the first-gen version debuted, all of which means a smaller share of the pie to fight over.

Tune in tomorrow when Audi takes the wraps off the all-new 2019 Q3.

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