Prototypes of the next-generation Audi A3 are undergoing road tests. Fresh spy photos have appeared.
The model is set to arrive in the market early next year after its debut in late 2019.
Expect the same versions as before for the 2020 model: base, sportier and hot, joined by an e-tron hybrid (with a powertrain shared with the new VW Golf GTE) later on. Apart from a 5-door hatchback, a sedan and a convertible may well be launched in coming years.
From the latest photos, a prototype looks wider, lower and longer. It features visible styling changes of a grille, a rear bumper, brake light clusters, headlights (will be LED as standard).
There is a chrome ‘beltline’ along the side and across the tailgate, but a production-ready car may not have it.
What will be inside and under the hood?
The current A3 is the only Audi not offering the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument panel. The next Audi A3 will have it as standard.
As for engines, expect familiar gasoline and diesel ones, including the latest 1.5-liter TSI with technology of cylinder deactivation to save fuel.
The plug-in and mild-hybrid technologies found in other Audi models will be likely applied to the A3 too.
As for the driver assist and safety functions, they will probably carry over from the new Audi A8 and provide semi-autonomous driving.