• May 4, 2009
Audi is reportedly planning to release a new version of the A3 early in 2011, and, for the first time ever, the German automaker's entry-level model is slated to get a four-door sedan variant tailored specifically for the U.S. market. While we're big fans of the current A3's mini-wagon hatchback shape, our fellow American buyers have consistently shown a propensity to choose a trunk over an arguably more useful rear hatch when given the choice.
According to Autocar, the 2011 A3 will use a version of parent-company Volkswagen's next-gen Golf architecture. Not surprisingly, then, the A3 is likely to be similar in size to the VW Jetta – itself a sedan variant of the popular hatchback. Suspension bits will consist of struts up front and a multilink arrangement out back.

Expect the next A3 to wear sheet metal with "clear links to the existing A3." Unlike the staid profile of the current Jetta, the A3 sedan is poised to get the currently en-vogue "four-door coupe" roofline. In Europe, the next A3 will sport a range of four-cylinder gas and diesel engines, but we'd be surprised if Audi sees fit to offer an oil-burner in the U.S. market. In any case, we'll surely see quattro all-wheel drive and a choice of manual, automatic or DSG transmission options.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      "but we'd be surprised if Audi sees fit to offer an oil-burner in the U.S. market. In any case, we'll surely see quattro all-wheel drive and a choice of manual, automatic or DSG transmission options."

      Isn't a diesel option coming to the FWD A3 later this year?

      Then you have to ask yourself, why even bother with an Audi if it doesn't have quattro. While I want a diesel motor in my next ride, if given the choice between a tdi fwd A3 and a gasser 2.0t quattro A3, the gasser wins hands down. Seems like a point-at-foot-and-shoot situation.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why would you be surprised to see an oil burner in our market? Audi has confirmed that it will be offering the a TDI in our market for the current generation, why wouldn't they offer it in the next?
      • 5 Years Ago
      They miss something in those renderings. The front picture of the 5 dorr version has the number plate IN A 3000.The rear picture of the same version has different numberplate IN A 3002.But the 3-door version has also In A 3002.Greate rendering stupid numberplate.
      • 5 Years Ago
      S3 = GOOD.
      Sedan = BAD.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I've always loved the A3. It's more than a hatch, but not quite a wagon. With one exception, I haven't driven a car that gets less than 40 mpg highway since 2000 (a couple TDIs and a hybrid). The upcoming A3 TDI is definitely tempting, but the leaked option list for the Golf TDI will probably keep me in the VW camp rather than moving upscale.