We have yet another announcement of yet another new Audi, including yet another obligatory quote from Audi research and development chief Wolfgang Dürheimer that there's room for it in the Audi range. On the sidelines of reports about the diesel-hybrid sports car, derived from the R18 endurance racer, there have been remarks about a possible MPV. Now Auto Express reports that said MPV "is on the way" and will be based on the A3 Sportback.

Previous speculation has posited either a six- or seven-seat people carrier; if the AE report is to be believed then five seats is the number that's been settled on. Planned to rest on a stretched version of the A3 platform, its wheelbase would be nearly eight inches longer than that of the A3 Sportback and it would compete against the Mercedes-Benz B-Class and the production version of the BMW Concept Active Tourer.

Audi is not going to dally about it, either, with a concept said to be ready for debut next year. Should it come, it would mean the A3 range comes pretty close to hitting for the cycle.


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      Puck
      • 1 Year Ago
      They announce all sorts of alternative fuel vehicules... ....then go and build potential cash cows with nothing technologically advanced about them...except those overengineered electronic assistance systems. Gotta justify the price. Somehow.
      Ae Neuman
      • 1 Year Ago
      these humpbacked audis are hopelessly impractical.
      Snark
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's truly an amazing thing when Cadillac and Lexus offer more focused, purer premium lines than BMW, Audi, and Mercedes. I hope the day comes soon when the premium German brands remember that selling tarted-up FWD family minivans to morons who think they can buy class wasn't what got them where they were in the first place. Wish they'd diversified their brand portfolio with lower-tier brands rather than pissing on what made them great.
        knightrider_6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Snark
        BMW, Audi and Mercedes are just resting on their laurels. I'm sure they made good cars in the 1940s and 1950s, but that time has long gone. They are stuck in the past - no innovation, no imagination, no quality, no class. They can produce any crap and morons line up to buy it. One day people will wake up and see what these turds really are.
        1STH
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Snark
        LOL. cadillac and lexus offer boring, unstimulating appliances for people who don't know or care about driving.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why not put sliding doors on Q5 or just rebadge the Routan
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another bland, boring, impractical, unreliable appliance. That's the power of German engineering!
      devbomb99
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volkswagen has the Sharan, Touran and Golf Plus in Europe. I don't see why Audi needs an mpv. BMW is also going to make a seven seat version of the 1 series which seems rather pointless too.
      schmeg
      • 1 Year Ago
      It might have 5 seats but is it comfortable? In Audi's price range it better be. I can't imagine any of those German MPVs will hold a candle to a Honda Odessy in the US market. And I like German cars.
        Dayv
        • 1 Year Ago
        @schmeg
        It won't come to the US market. The only manufacturer that brings their MPV here that I can think of is the Mazda 5.
      akitadog
      • 1 Year Ago
      So with only 5 seats, it'll basically be a Q3 competitor. Audi, why would you cannibalize yourself this way? Why follow BMW's "a niche for every niche for every niche" playbook?
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      I suspect this will be something like the VW Golf Plus model sold in Europe, not nearly the size of an American minivan. It's hard to see how such a utilitarian vehicle can be luxury-branded.
      Cameron Huntsucker
      • 1 Year Ago
      you mean, kinda like the Q3? WTF?
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