In March, Audi revealed the A3 Sportback, the company’s sharp-looking, entry-level hatchback with a six-speed manual that’s set to rocket to the top of every forbidden fruit list. Luckily, not every A3 will remain out of our grasp. Audi has unveiled the next-generation entry-level car we will get: the A3 sedan. We don’t know much about the American version’s mechanical bits yet, since Audi offered the European specs. But one thing we do know is that it looks fantastic.
Audi made the A3 exterior much more aggressive for the 2021 model year. Sharp creases down the length of the car highlight flared wheel arches. Audi says it has a more coupe-like silhouette; that may be true compared to the previous generation A3, but, refreshingly, it still looks like a traditional sedan. The interior score a more modern look, with straight lines replacing the now dated round air vents and the goofy pop-up display screen. (We hope Audi makes the rear-door logo optional.)
Europeans will pick from gas, turbodiesel and mild-hybrid engine options, with the first two offering a six-speed manual. Much as before, Americans will probably receive the turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four A3, with upticks over the current 184- and 228-hp outputs. Car and Driver reported last month Americans would eventually also see the high-performance S3 and RS3 versions, as well as an A3 e-Tron hybrid Sportback.
Pricing is another open question. The eventual base Euro-spec version of the Audi A3 will start at a little above $30,000, so we expect the American A3 should start around (or a little above) the present model’s base price of $33,300. Audi will start European deliveries this summer. Sadly, there’s no public date yet for when the American version will arrive.
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