New Sedan Coming to A3 Lineup

Next-generation A3

Last year we got our first glimpse of the Audi A3 sedan. The next-generation A3, which is already on sale in select European markets, will arrive on U.S. shores within the coming year, according to Car and Driver Magazine. When it does, it will be available in hatchback, sedan and convertible body styles, further expanding Audi's entry-level model.

The new A3 is available in Europe in SE, Sport and S Line trims, with a gasoline or diesel engine. The current U.S.-spec 2013 A3 is available with a diesel or gas engine, but only as a four-door hatchback.

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The 2014 A3 four-door hatchback will come with just one engine: a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, according to Car and Driver. And only one trim level will be available at launch, the A3 Sport. In Europe, the Sport trim comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and Rallye cloth seats. Although Audi offers a two-door hatchback model, there are no plans to bring it to the U.S., Car and Driver says.

Audi’s most important body style for America will be the A3 sedan, according to Car and Driver. Sedans are more popular in the U.S., and the new A3 would compete better against a growing tide of subcompact luxury vehicles, including the Buick Verano, Acura ILX and, most importantly for Audi, the upcoming Mercedes-Benz CLA. Along with the sedan, a power-operated cloth-top A3 convertible is also in the works, according to Car and Driver.

We expect to get more details on the 2014 A3 in the coming auto-show season.

Related
The Next-Gen Audi A3: The Body Styles We’ll Get (Car and Driver)
Audi A3 Concept at 2011 Geneva Motor Show
More Audi A3 News

Comments 

65Chrysler300

17 inch wheels on a compact? My full size Eagle Vision only has 16s, and they're plenty big.

Rich

I had standard 19” on my Mazda 3 5-door and they looked fine. 17 sounds small.

skippydog

I see a lot of new 3-series in those headlights especially where they meet the grill.

The wheels in the second picture look way too big.

Ivan

The S3 sounds amazing. The A3 sedan? Interesting, and perhaps for entry level luxury, but frankly, that's an oxymoron.

Franklin

Very excited for this car. Finally a B5 sedan replacement. Please bring the RS3.

Carma

Attractive car. Now will someone explain why we need another cramped overpriced Audi when we already have the A4?

M3

Why the heck can't we have the 2 door hatchback??? It's the best looking one of the bunch.

Hal

It's called a GTI.

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