• Apr 11, 2011
2013 Audi A3 preview rendering – Click above for image gallery

Audi has taken an interesting approach forecasting the next-generation A3 with a sedan concept at the Geneva Motor Show – even though the current model is principally a hatchback. When it does hit showrooms sometime next year, however, the next-gen A3 is expected to be offered first with a tailgate before a trunked version comes along – the three-door model leading the five-door, then the sedan and finally the soft-top convertible.

The news comes along with a trio of sketches released by Audi to the British motor press alongside those of the R8 GT Spyder. The renderings depict the three-door hatchback, the four-door sedan and the cabin of the next-gen A3 production model, which is tipped to be even more diverse in its engine offerings than it is in its bodystyles: expect gasoline, diesel, natural gas, hybrid and full electric versions to be rolled out in succession.

The cabin, meanwhile, is tipped to feature the latest technologies, including Audi's MMI controller and a pop-up infotainment screen. Look for the production 2013 A3 – in one body form or another – to debut in Geneva next March, a year after the sedan concept we saw there last month.



[Source: Audi via Autocar]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi Evoque.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Please, its not like Land Rover invented the concept of 1/3 of a steering wheel.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The rear reminds me of Alfa Brera, which is a good thing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Good to see Audi has designers who can actually draw a car correctly.

        I dig it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      it would be kind of cool if they'd remove 2 doors from the 4dr a3, stretch it to take up more realestate, and make this a mini A5...
      • 3 Years Ago
      In a perfect world, there would be a car that drove like a 1-series and looked like this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      awesome! it looks like the a3 sedan made it to production barely changed, true to audi form, and the hatchback looks about 1000 times more current... or three generations, as it's currently about two behind the golf. And that interior? perfect. understated, updated iteration of the TTs, very nice.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Zamafir, do you know if this will have a new chassis or is it likely to be more of the same-old?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Brand New Platform. Newer than the Golf R even, which will be nice for a change, and is sorely needed.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like Audi is hard at work trying to figure out how to charge more for an A4...
      • 3 Years Ago
      That looks about as "generic" as it can be. From the profile, that could be anybody's crossover ute.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I see what they're doing there... that headlamp line runs at 27.5 degrees instead of 27 degrees on the current generation....
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yea, like the headlight line is the only thing updated on this mock? Seriously, look again.
      • 3 Years Ago
      very nice looking preview!
      • 3 Years Ago
      This looks great for a drawing and looking forward to seeing the new sportback with the 8 sp tranny upgrade. Hopefully they figured out a way to mount the engine longitudinally and allow for a true 40/60 quattro Awd system.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ zamafir,

        The whole premise of that statement was "Hopefully" , so the conclusion that most would draw is that it's a pipe dream. Since the A3 concept still previewed the transversely, common sense does kick in--"I hope." Btw, the 8 speed tiptronic is based on the ZF-8, so it can be mounted to 4 bangers and the luxury marques are aiming to introduce anything that will up their FE average. Audi in particular is mounting the tranny to it's Quattro models.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is based off of the A3 sedan concept right?

      http://www.autoblog.com/2011/03/01/geneva-2011-audi-a3-sedan-concept-opens-the-show-in-style/

      Man I love this design...can't wait for it to hit...wonder what it's going to run in price...with some other entry level sedans offering great value now (if you've test driven the Optima SX...wow is all I got to say), I think it's going to need to come in around $30 decently loaded like the SX does.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Needs bigger rims!
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