The premium compact hatchback is seeking to adopt a more dynamic look in order to successfully compete in this difficult segment, borrowing styling cues from Audi’s latest models, including the A1 and Q3.
We can easily spot some character lines on the bodywork that will definitely help the new Audi A3 look more dynamic and purposeful than before; the front end is sharper, with a more pronounced grille, new headlights and a hood that extends over the fenders.
The sides feature a typical shoulder line but also feature a crease lower on the doors for a more muscular shape, while the rear end is more rounded, featuring compact LED taillights that are nicely integrated.
The new generation A3 will be based on the heavily updated MQB modular platform, which will also underpin the new Golf. It will be powered by a range of updated TFSI petrol engines -with some of them featuring a 48-volt electrical system-, as well as TDI diesel units. A plug-in hybrid E-Tron variant will also join the new A3’s range. Don’t expect though a fully electric A3 yet, as Audi is developing a compact EV on VW Group’s MEB platform, planning to offer it as a standalone model in 2021.
Expect the new Audi A3’s interior to be a tech fest as well, featuring the latest infotainment system, complete with a big and crispy touchscreen display, as well as the latest version of the company’s digital instrument cluster. We still don’t know if the new A3 will get the second display for the HVAC controls we get in its more expensive models, but don’t act surprised if Audi decides to add it after all.
The five-door hatchback version of the A3 will be joined by the Sedan and, according to the latest reports, a new five-door liftback coupe variant that’s set to go after the more stylish players in the segment, namely the upcoming Mercedes CLA and BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe.
The new 2020 Audi A3 is expected to be revealed next year, around the same time with the new VW Golf, so stay tuned for more info as we get them.