It wasn’t that long ago that Audi revealed the all-new Q3 compact crossover but it looks like the Stuttgart carmaker is hard at work on the sportier variant, the RS Q3 judging by this latest batch of spy shots.

Visually, it appears that the 2020 model year CUV will get a more purposeful body kit over the standard car — in fact all of the masked areas will likely be hiding a more aggressive styling package (deeper front and rear bumpers, lower side skirts, a larger rear wing) which will work well with the models chiselled bodywork.

The nose will gain an extra dose of aggression thanks to the bigger outboard grilles (in fact every grille opening is filled with a geometric mesh with plenty of facets that add depth) while around the back, some RS tradition is visible in the form of two openings housing twin oval tailpipes in the Audi’s bumper. We reckon those tailpipes will be joined to the turbocharged 2.5-litre inline-five (which does the bizz in the TT RS and RS3 and sounds great) sending possibly 400 horses to all four wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Chassis revisions should stretch to a set of optional adaptive dampers, an updated traction control system and fresh dynamic drive modes.

Inside, it’ll feature a pair of bolstered RS-branded bucket seats, LED ambient lighting and Audi’s latest 9.2in infotainment system and 10.25in digital gauge cluster.