New Audi A3 Set To Spawn A Rugged “Cityhopper” Variant

The 2020 Audi A3 is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this fall, and a new report is suggesting it will eventually be joined by a “Cityhopper” variant.

According to Auto Express, the model will be a “jacked-up, off-road-inspired version” of the upcoming hatchback. Details are limited, but the publication says the vehicle will likely eschew the familiar Allroad name as it won’t come equipped with quattro all-wheel drive.

Despite this, the car will reportedly feature traditional Allroad modifications including beefier bumpers, an increased ride height and plastic fender flares. In effect, it would be like a premium version of the Ford Focus Active.


Engine options remain unconfirmed, but the publication says choices will include turbocharged 1.5- and 2.0-liter four-cylinders with outputs ranging from 130 hp (97 kW / 132 PS) to 250 hp (186 kW / 253 PS). There could also be 1.6- and 2.0-liter TDI engines with outputs between 120 hp (89 kW / 121 PS) and 230 hp (172 kW / 233 PS).

While the A3 is expected to debut in Frankfurt, the Cityhopper variant is reportedly several years away. Nothing is official, but it could appear sometime around 2022.

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There’s word on why the model isn’t coming sooner, but it will reportedly help to fill the gap between the Q2 and Q3. While the lack of all-wheel drive would seemingly make that mission difficult, the A3 Cityhopper will reportedly be 4.3 inches (110 mm) longer than a Q2 and 7.9 inches (200 mm) shorter than the Q3.

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  • Salih Ahzem

    ” Cityhopper” wonder how they came up with this name? KLM Cityhopper, the regional airline brand, anyone?

    • Brad

      I heard the cityhopper is the internal name for the car. It might be sold as A3 Allroad.

  • driv3r

    Well after reading the Auto Express article I’m even more convinced that Audi really doesn’t need an A3 “Active”. I can see that development costs of such a car are pretty low but low dev costs shouldn’t necessarily be the main reason to do a derivate of a car.
    Having the Q3 and (Q3 Sportback soon) and the Q2 should be enough to fight the competition of BMW X1 and X2 as well as the Mini Countryman and the MB models GLA and GLB. The only idea behind the jacked up A3 I can see is that the risen height of the car is a very low budget try of getting some MB B-Class and BMW 2 series Active Tourer customers into an A3 since these customers want a car that rides higher than the regular compact hatchbacks A-Class, A3 and 1 series.
    Lets see how the A3 “all road” or “Active” turns out in the end.

  • Alex87f

    It’s funny how manufacturers removed all the unpainted protection and cladding from their cars, and in the process increased their prices due to the more polished looks this brought, only to now sell the body cladding at a premium on “rugged”, “offroady” models.

    We’ve come full circle.

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