The headlights seen here are just your basic configuration with bulbs. However, the shape of the unit itself will be carried to the LED versions and looks a lot like the lights on the Q8, sporting a geometric notch at the bottom.
In profile, the A3 Sportback sports some fresh dimensions. Its nose appears longer than before, while the roof curves down slightly towards the back for that sporty look. Meanwhile, the back of the beast seems a bit more understated, though it comes with plenty of decorative fake vents.
Based on the size of the wheels and the lack of exhaust tips, this model should be an average A3. Most of the engines that will be available are already known to us, like the 1.0 TFSI and the 1.5 TFSI. However, these will feature further evolutions. For example, a mild-hybrid system should recover energy in most versions. The new 2.0 TDI should also trickle down from the Passat, as should the plug-in system, which is now likely to be called "A3 45 TFSI e," not A3 e-tron.
At the top of the list, we should see a new S3 Sportback, which has already begun testing. According to German media reports, the Golf R will sport a 330 horsepower 2-liter, and the output is likely to be matched by the Audi hot hatch. The RS3 should survive; we're just not sure how.