2021 Audi A3 Sedan Will Look Sporty, Is Begging for the RS3 Treatment

It's been several years since Audi entered the American compact car market, and that wouldn't have been possible without turning the A3 into a sedan. After making its web debut last week as a hatchback, the 4th-generation Audi A3 now needs a fresh sedan body as well.
2021 Audi A3 Sedan Will Look Sporty, Is Begging for the RS3 Treatment 2 photos
Photo: Kleber Silva
2021 Audi A3 Sedan Will Look Sporty, Is Begging for the RS3 Treatment
We believe this will be shown in Europe this fall, but the American model's launch may not happen until the 2021 or even 2022 model years. Thankfully, a sneak peek is available thanks to a set of renderings by Kleber Silva.

The images obviously combine the front end of the hatchback with the old A3 sedan's rear, which isn't the 100% accurate way of doing things. Much like the Jetta and Golf, these two versions of the A3 differed in many areas.

Regardless, the shape is so sporty that it should have no problem competing with its two direct German competitors, which are the Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan and the new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe.

Not all A3 models will look like this, though. Audi didn't show all the versions in the photos, but from what we understand, the hatchback has three body styles already, the normal, Sport and S-line, on top of which they will later add the S3 and RS3.

In Europe, the launch of the new A3 is accompanied by 150 horsepower versions of the 1.5 TFSI and 2.0 TDI, with a less powerful diesel also being offered. However, we don't yet know what the American model will offer. It's more than likely that they'll stick with the current 184 horsepower 2.0-liter turbo, which is shared with other VW Group models. However, a cheaper 1.5-liter turbo option wouldn't be completely horrible.

And on the gearbox side, they should switch from the 7-speed twin-clutch S tronic to the Tiptronic that you find in the Q3. Speaking of which, the interior, features and equipment levels should be quite similar to the $34,700 crossover.
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