Audi officially unveiled the 2019 Audi Q3 last week, but we now might have our first look at the high performance SQ3 thanks to some official patent images that were submitted to the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO).

Audi SQ3 patent images

While we don’t for sure know if these images are the patent images for the Audi SQ3, we can see some design differences here compared to the standard Q3 that leads us to believe that this is the slightly hotter version of the new Q3. First the front bumper is more aggressive with larger air intakes and the entire front fascia is nearly identical to recent SQ3 prototypes that have been caught testing.

Audi SQ3 patent images

The images also have the Q3 riding on what appears to be sportier wheels, but at the rear the changes look a bit smaller. We know Audi is working on an RS Q3, but this isn’t it, since the hottest version of the Q3 will likely have oval exhaust tips.

The Audi SQ3 is expected to debut next year as a 2020 model, so we shouldn’t have to wait soon to see the real thing.

Source: EUIPO