The new Audi A3 variant is expected to arrive in 2020 according to Autocar, and probably receive the Sportback nameplate, keeping in line with the larger Audi A5 Sportback and despite the same name being used on the five-door hatchback version of the A3.
Expected to measure more than 4,400 mm (173 in) in length, or some 330 mm (13 in) less than the Audi A5 Sportback, the A3 Sportback/Liftback will be powered by the usual four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, in lesser flavors. Thus, the 1.4-liter gasoline burner and the 2.0-liter diesel burner are believed to be part of the offering, albeit combined with a 48V electric system to form mild-hybris.
Electrified models said to join the four-wheel drive Audi Sport versions
The German car maker could launch an S3 version as well, with the 2.0-liter four-banger making over 300 PS (296 hp / 221 kW) combined with four-wheel drive, as an answer to the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35.
However, the true range-topping version is going to be the RS3, which will rival cars like the AMG CLA 45, featuring a revised version of the 2.5-liter five-banger unit rated at more than 400 PS (394 hp / 294 kW).
In addition to the usual ICE-powered derivatives, the Audi A3 Sportback/Liftback might gain a PHEV powertrain too, with a zero-emission range of up to 50 km (31 miles). A battery-powered version, underpinned by the VW Group’s MEB platform, could also be in the works.
Said to have been described by Audi insiders as the spiritual successor of the classic Sport Quattro, the sleek five-door coupe version of the A3 will probably gain a few special styling touches in this direction. So, a vented bonnet, flared wheel arches and special bumpers, could do the trick for it.
Note: Audi A3 Saloon pictured