Next generation Audi A3 revealedNovember 28, 2019
The new Audi A3 sedan was caught without disguise: the company’s engineers attracted the attention of spies, hustling around a partially covered rolling body without headlights.
The body of the next Audi A3 Sedan is quite high on both axles, making it more like a crossover. The camouflaged prototype of the S3 sports sedan was also seen during some tests in cold weather, demonstrating its slightly more aggressive style under traditional camouflage: changes compared to non-S models include a different front bumper with sharper lines, larger air intakes and a more pronounced front grille, as well as deeper side sills, large wheels and a rear bumper with a built-in diffuser and space for quad exhaust pipes.
In addition to the five-door hatchback and four-door sedan, it is expected that Audi will also add a completely new version to the A3 line as a five-door coupe as a competitor to cars like the Mercedes CLA and BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe.
Under the hood of the Audi S3 2021 model year, we expect to find an updated version of the 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged engine from 320 to 330 hp. It is still unknown whether Audi decides to completely abandon the manual gearbox, leaving the seven-speed DSG as the only option. The company’s Quattro all-wheel drive system will be available as standard on the S3, as has been the case since the first generation of the model.
The interior of the new A3 and S3, in contrast to the current models, will take on a completely different style: previous spy shots made it possible to look at the angular dashboard with a smaller A1 design. Internal features will include the latest version of Audi Virtual Cockpit’s virtual instrument cluster and large, high-definition touchscreen display for the infotainment system, which will also have more features than ever.
The Audi A3 2021 lineup will share most of its powertrain with the new VW Golf MK8, while Audi will also add a plug-in hybrid model. An all-electric version of the A3 will not appear yet, as Audi is currently working on its own MEB-based electric hatchback.
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