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has released a few sketches of its Geneva-bound A3 concept, and in keeping with previous reports, the automaker is intent on bringing a sedan version of its smallest model to market.

Audi describes the A3 concept as a "four-seater notchback sedan" and measures in at 174.84-inches long – about six inches longer than the current five-door model. The front fascia is a further evolution of Audi's more aggressive snout, complete with full LED headlamps and new trapezoidal grille. The greenhouse is suitably squat, with an arching roofline that terminates in a thin, low-slung C-pillar to give it the de riguer "four-door coupe" shape.

More intriguingly, the powertrain is comprised of a turbocharged five-cylinder engine – likely pulled from the TT-RS – outputting 408 horsepower through Audi's Quattro all-wheel-drive system. We'll have a full report from the show floor in less than two weeks, but in the meantime, get the full details in the press blast below the fold.

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Audi presents A3 concept in Geneva
  • Attractive concept car as a four-seater notchback sedan
  • Five-cylinder, 300 kW (408 hp) turbocharged engine with quattro drive
  • Based on the successor to the Audi A3

Audi will present an attractive technological concept car based on the coming generation of the Audi A3 at the 81st International Geneva Motor Show in early March 2011. The four-seater notchback sedan offers a glimpse of the future expansion of the A3 family.

The sporty yet elegant design of the Audi A3 concept integrates the single-frame grille with its tapered upper corners and headlights with the latest generation of LED technology. The low, flowing roof dome and a coupe-like, low C pillar are among the defining features of the side view.

The Audi A3 concept is 4.44 meters (14.57 feet) long, 1.84 meters (6.04 feet) wide and just 1.39 meters (4.56 feet) high. These proportions emphasize the dynamism of the car's appearance, as do the performance figures for the drive unit. The five-cylinder turbocharged engine has a power output of 300 kW (408 hp). It distributes its power to all four wheels through a seven-speed S tronic transmission and permanent all-wheel drive.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      That is one stunning design!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks beautiful- with a lot of the original A4 in the roofline. I have owned one of each generation of A4, and the new one is just too big- I think this is just what Audi needs in their line-up.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah looks 'nice enough'. Nothing special though. Audi's of old were a bit better but even then, not amazing. Don't get me wrong, full respect for what they do and where they are coming from, just not their style.. even a Camry has more exciting lines (utter poo car tho)
        • 4 Years Ago
        No, no tico loco. I never said the Camry WAS more exciting (i called it an 'utter poo car'), I said it had more exciting lines. Audi is an amazing company that produce phenomenal cars, all I was trying to say is their vehicles are, and in my opinion have been for a while, lacking in verve.

        Come now 4fifty8, if ur name is after the new Fazza, then you know what I'm talking about, Imagine a Gumpert beside a 458, no comparison whatsoever, unless of course you are talking mechanically, and then it is a different thing..

        All I was commenting on was their looks period.
        • 4 Years Ago
        a camry more exiting ? dude leave leave the drugs
      • 4 Years Ago
      So basically this 408hp sedan will be equivalent to Mercerdes-Benz's CLC AMG (aka. Mini CLS aka. AMG B-Class)?

      Looks pretty good. I was debating between an RS3 sedan (which was rumored) and that new AMG. If they bring the RS3 with a manual I might have to take that instead...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does anyone else see the B9 RS4 in that pic?

      That is a good looking car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Now, that is one Audi that will bring me back to the dealership. Don't delay it too much though...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks stunning!

      Really WANT.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh man, looks good... If they build it, I will come.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes... this is what the A4/S4 SHOULD have been instead of the pig saloon it has grown to be. And don't get me started on the A6.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I concur. If they build THAT, I will be at the dealer!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Right? I am so down with the 408hp A3
        • 4 Years Ago
        Audi NEEDS to build this and bring it to the U.S. I agree, the A4 has grown too big and Audi needs a smaller more nimble sedan.
        • 4 Years Ago

        I disagree - yes it is 2 inches shorter then the first Audi A4 @ 176 inches vs 174, but my old B5 S4, was PERFECT. It wasn't a boat, but I had plenty of room for 4 people and I am 6 foot about 200 lbs. It felt agile being smaller. I test drove a 2009 S4 to replace my old S4 and loved it except the size.

        If Audi can do A3 + Quattro + the new 2.0T using the slightly larger turbo but even if it's only 250 hp compared to the S3 / Golf R, this thing would clean-up nicely.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I completely agree, this is what I WANT!

        The only thing is the A3 2.0T /w Quattro & DSG is priced so closely to the A4, it's a tough sell to me.

        Size = check
        Engine = higher output 2.0T then currect = check

        Only item is it will likely still be built on the Jetta platform so the engine will be mounted the wrong way meaning it will also likely of a reactive vs proactive AWD system
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sketches like this can be very misleading (remember how sleek the Ford Five Hundred looked?), but this new A3 seems very promising. I really like the strong shoulder line and the new, more angular Audi face. And of course, 408hp.

        At the risk of being pedantic, however, I should point out that this sketch does not show a "trapezoidal grille." A trapezoid has four sides; this one has six. Just sayin'.
        • 4 Years Ago
        those proportions on a car the size of the A3 would require drivers to be under 5'6". Prepare to be disappointed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        wow, in the looks department this is only behind the A5 and Passat CC
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Audi describes the A3 concept as a "four-seater notchback sedan" and measures in at 174.84-inches long –"

        This "New" A3 would be a tad smaller than the original 1st gen A4 (178.0in)...

        It'll be great to see a "compact" (nimble) Audi sport sedan come back to the Four Rings stable...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Disastrous :(
      Audi shouldn't make small sedans. A4 is enough.
      Let other makers do sedans from hatchbacks, ford focus sedan, vw jetta which is basically a golf sedan. Don't do it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        You do realize that's what Audi did back in the day, small sedans? The A4 isn't small, either, it's around 3 series size.
        • 4 Years Ago
        that is gorgeous and is way better looking than an M3
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a conceptual drawing, not a picture of the actual car! When it does comes to market, it will be overly expensive, boring, cramped, over-rated, harsh-riding and pretentious - i.e. just another small Audi.

      The front and rear light designs and glasshouse shape, even in this super-slick sketch are extremely familiar (from the current A4, A5, heck, every current Audi) and given Audi's current inability to style anything original, it seems inevitable that this will look exactly like both the current A4 and A6, but smaller and probably based on the Golf/Jetta floorpan and running gear.

      The concept may have 400+bhp, but production versions will sport much more mundane TSI and TDI powerplants in the main. It will no doubt sell like hot cakes, but savvy buyers will get a Jetta instead. Clever buyers will avoid the VAG group altogether...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hopefully this sketch is a good representation of what we can expect for the A3 wagon -- looking good!
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks great. More aggressive front end than the current version. Can't wait to see the 5-door. Now if they can put in some modern tech and decent sized cup holders (I know it sounds lame but it's a pain when you have two regular-sized coffees and one holder is designed for a demi-tasse).
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