Audi is in the midst of reshaping its entire family. The new look starts at the top with the redesigned A8, has shown itself on the A7 and A6, and will now filter its way down through the rest of the lineup. Next in line to get the updated look is the A3, and spy photographers managed to capture a cladding-covered prototype on vacation down in Argentina.

We don't yet have a clear shot at the front end, but you can expect a large gaping maw paired with bright LED daytime running lamps, similar in shape to what we see on the A6, no doubt. The real family resemblance, however, can be seen in the character line running down the length of the car. That sharp accent is now a family trademark, and lets the world know you're looking at an Audi (as if the LED-everything didn't tell you already).

Don't get too used to this three-door shape, though. When the next-generation A3 goes on sale in the United States, it will be a four-door sedan, as Audi of America President Johan de Nysschen recently confirmed. The five-door configuration will still be available in other markets, but Stateside, Audi believes a proper four-door will be what makes customers swoon.


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      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      4 door sedan only?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Has Audi completely lost its mind?
        MJC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        A lot of "us" dig the hatch, but I guarantee they will sell twice as many by bringing the 4-door to the masses.
      danc
      • 3 Years Ago
      I own a A3 2.0T 6sp 5-dr hatch, and am really sad about sedan-only for US, will probably leave Audi over this. I guess it better differentiates A3/GTI? Thoughts?
        cmunic8r99
        • 3 Years Ago
        @danc
        Could be more to line it up against the 1-series than to differentiate from the Golfs
      RudyH
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looking forward to picking up my A3ish soon! Items looking for sedan or 5-door, advanced Quattro as seen in the RS3 similar to Golf R? inline 5 turbo, DSG is just fine if I have to settle with it if I have the other requirements. Miss my tiny B5 S4 dearly
        MJC
        • 3 Years Ago
        @RudyH
        As a former owner of a B5 S4 and A4, I agree with you that anyone who owned those will love the A3 sedan. If I didn't have a car seat and stroller along most of the time, I'd consider dropping myB8 A4 for one (well maybe I want both...).
      Krishan Mistry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hate to say it, but the current gen A3 hatch looked ugly and boring, and this doesnt look much better. Now the A4 concept sedan shown at the Geneva Auto Show (or Paris, I forget), that was one sexy beast, and if the production sedan looks two thirds as good, I say we get the best one. I know practicality will take a hit, and it would be another sad story of no hatches and wagons for us to play with. However, the A3 is like the 1 series BMW. It is much closer in size and spirit to the ancestors of their big siblings (3 series and A4), which have been inflated out of proportion. Now if you want a nimble and compact sedan, you get an A3 (or S and RS for the fun people), which is what the A4 sedan was until it started eating pies. Now I usually root for wagons like the rest of us on Autoblog, but sometimes a sedan is the best compromise between the sexiness and sportiness of a coupe, and the hauling capacity of a wagon. I think if the A3 sedan is like that concept (the one with a 400hp turbo 5 :D), we are in for a treat.
      AldenBiesen
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm European and I'll never buy a hatchback (again). I much prefer the look of a sedan. Now you know.
      AnthonyL
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is going to be like an updated version of the B5 A4's! I'm pumped, I will be selling the GTI for this!!
        Rick
        • 3 Years Ago
        @AnthonyL
        I'm looking forward to it as well. Hopefully it stays close to the concept, which Audi said it was 90% identical to.
      joe shmoe
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks as boring as a toyota
      flammablewater
      • 3 Years Ago
      "When the next-generation A3 goes on sale in the United States, it will be a four-door sedan" Well at least that's one less car I have to cross shop. Thanks for saving me time Audi!
      • 3 Years Ago
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      BRKF06
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wife loves her A3 hatch. She was bummed to hear the next gen won't be hatch. Guess that means they lost her as a customer. Yay! Thank you Audi!
      Alex740
      • 3 Years Ago
      Audi has run out of design steam, they all look the same and the designs barely change from one generation to the next. Thank god for LED lighting or Audi would have nothing to set it's models apart.
      • 3 Years Ago
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