Audi has booted up its next A3! As well as previewing the look of the next generation of A3, Audi’s four-door, four-seater saloon concept shows that the firm’s second-smallest car range is set to expand.
As well as the three-door A3, A3 Sportback and Cabriolet, Audi will add a saloon model when it launches the next generation range in 2012 to meet demand for premium badged booted models in China and Russia.
The A3 saloon measures 4,400mm long, 1,840mm wide and 1,390mm tall, making it only slightly shorter, wider and lower than the original A4. However, the car is also shorter than VW’s Jetta.
As expected, the A3 concept shows Audi’s latest design language, including the large, shield-shaped single-frame grille, sharply sculpted crease along the shoulder line and angular LED taillights.
For the show car, Audi has elected to fit an upgraded RS3 powertrain, with the 2.5-litre five-cylinder engine’s output boosted to 402bhp. All that power reaches all four wheels via a seven-speed S Tronic gearbox.
When it makes production, the A3 will be the first car to feature the VW Group’s new MQB platform. It’s been designed to accommodate transverse engines, but is modular, so can underpin cars of varying widths and lengths.