It's been almost two years since we first saw the Audi A3 Sedan Concept under the lights of the Geneva Motor Show, but it looks like we won't have to wait much longer to see this small Audi four-door on the open road. Our spy shooters have caught Audi testing the sedan version of the next-generation A3 that is expected to go on sale in the US later next year.

From what we can tell from this test mule, Audi has kept the overall styling of the A3 Sedan very similar to the 2011 concept car. The long-lensed shots don't give us too much detail of the car's body or any interior shots, but we do see that the concept's roofline and side window shape carries over almost identically. As expected, the massive carbon fiber and aluminum wheels have been replaced with more appropriately sized wheels, and the door mirrors are befitting a production car. The concept had a four-passenger seating layout, but we would be surprised if this configuration makes it to production.

No definitive word on what will power the next A3, but don't hold your breath for the same five-cylinder used on the A3 Sedan Concept. With a stated 408 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, this engine's output seems rather high even for a next-gen RS3.


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      mycommentemail
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gonna miss the five door... Oh well, not like I'm in the market to afford one either way.
      Dvanos
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope BMW counters with a 1 series sedan.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dvanos
        Not only is that likely, it will also probably be FWD like the A3 as well.
          montoym
          • 2 Years Ago
          @montoym
          @ Lachmund: Oh really? http://www.autoblog.com/2010/03/17/bmw-confirms-plans-for-front-drive-models/ http://www.autoblog.com/2012/06/09/fwd-bmw-1-series-expected-at-paris-motor-show/ http://www.autoblog.com/2012/11/06/best-look-at-bmws-forthcoming-1-series-gt/
          Lachmund
          • 2 Years Ago
          @montoym
          they are making one and no, it won't be fwd
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      The concept looked much better.
        vedi123
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        this is exactly like the concept (size, profile) just with camouflage and without the typical concept stuff (bling wheels, tiny mirrors etc.)
          Ryth
          • 2 Years Ago
          @vedi123
          The bling was what made it unique looking. Especially the lights and taillights and side mirrors. Hopefully the S3 gets those.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Avinash Machado
        it looks almost identical without the camouflage.
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Ak74
      • 2 Years Ago
      Jetta + A4 = makes me sleep. Yawn
        FIDTRO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Ak74
        Go back to mopping the floors of the BMW dealership you work at, fool.
      Mazdaspeed6
      • 2 Years Ago
      Audi, just STOP IT!
      Brian Rautio
      • 2 Years Ago
      Audi and VW have previously done a very good job avoiding "badge engineering." This, however, looks to be FAR too close to the current Jetta. Even if it doesn't share a single panel (and I doubt that it does), it just LOOKS like a Jetta. I pulled up a number of pictures of the current Jetta and looked at them side by side with this. Main difference is the C-Pillar borrowed from the A4. Rest of the similarities are startling.
        montoym
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian Rautio
        They've done a good job avoiding badge-engineering because other than the A3 and Q7, they don't do it (The Q3 too, but we don't have that here yet). The A3 has always been based on the Golf/Jetta platform and this one carries on that tradition, being based on the Mk7 Golf which will spawn the next-gen Jetta as well. You just see it more now because there is a sedan. Look at the current 5dr Golf and a 5dr A3 and you'll see similarities too. VW isn't trying to hide anything from anyone, it's pretty easy to tell that the A3 is basically the Audi version of a Golf.
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      So it looks just like every Audi sedan before it, and will look like every Audi sedan since 1982.
      Alex740
      • 2 Years Ago
      They've obscured the only design element that was ever in question, the LEDs. Otherwise no surprises at all. Regardless, it will sell very well in the US because it's an inexpensive sedan from a luxury brand. Expect BMW to do the same with the 1 series, Mercedes to bring in an A class sedan and Volvo to do a new S40 when this sells very well for Audi.
        jessesrq
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex740
        Except it won't be inexpensive. And since the price will close to the A4 (just as the 1 series is so close to the 3 series), the A3 will continue to be a niche vehicle. That said, it is a niche vehicle I am excited for as I think the A4 has gotten too big and boring.
        RGT881
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Alex740
        Yeap. Should be a fun little segment if they play their cards right. I think everyone knows that there is a demand for premium sedan products under 3er, C-Class and A4 as those have grown in size to make the US and Chinese happy.
      adam1keith1980
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice! This is a beautiful remake of the B5 Audi A4. To the people that are calling the design boring: Audi designs are clean and timeless for customers with understated, sophisticated taste, and the sales number shows there are a lot of these customers. The following quote just sums it up: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci The Ed Hardy Jersey Shore crowd can always buy their flashy cars from BMW, Mercedes, Lexus... Audi is the now only car company that produces clean designs that do not suddenly become unfashionable when a new model is introduced.
      muspod
      • 2 Years Ago
      getta jetta
      Lab Rat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Strangely similar to a Jetta...
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