2012 Audi A3 coming in four versions: sedan, sportback, cabrio and hatchback

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 24, 2011

Audi’s upcoming all-new A3 model is a significant factor in the success of the automaker’s growth plan. Earlier this year, the A3 Sedan Concept was displayed at the Geneva Auto Show, serving as a teaser. It’s obvious that this 4-door is aimed to penetrate the North American market.

The size of the proposed concept is nearly identical to the current A4. The beautifully styled concept car comes with a 408-hp engine that appeals to the younger enthusiast base.

Audi chief designer Stefan Sielaff said that three additional models in the A3 range will be introduced alongside the sedan. It’s basically a down-sized version of the A4/A5 range. It will include an A3 hatchback (aimed for Europe), a convertible, and a sportback model. Different versions of the same MQB modular architecture will be used.

The sportback and sedan will have the longer 103.5-inch wheelbase while the convertible and hatch will be built on a shorter 102-inch wheelbase platform. Audi hasn’t confirmed yet if a coupe model will be built for the A3 family but S and RS models are more likely.

Audi enters the biggest market segment in the world with the launch of the A3 sedan in spring of 2013. The compact four-door sedan gives you all the characteristics you love from an A3 model: lightweight design, highly efficient and powerful engines, as well as top-notch infotainment and driver assistance solutions. The S3 Sedan is the top model and it gives you 300 hp of power.

The exterior

Audi A3 Sedan has a sporty look and every detail is precise and expressive. The styling is a cross between the coupe and the three-box concept. It features the tornado line that goes through the side of the car. The car has a total length of 4.46 meters and has a wheelbase that measures 2.64 meters. Even so, it has short overhangs.

Dynamic lines above the side sills rise sharply, more so than what you see on the other A3 models. The surfaces on the sides are more curved and the wheel arches are more flared. It measures 1.8 meters wide, making the A3 11 millimeters wider than the Sportback version. It is also 1.42 meters high, which is nine millimeters lower than the Sportback.

The four-door sedan also features independent lines in the hood contour, the bumpers, the singleframe grille, and the air intakes. At the back, the spoiler is built into the trunk lid while the lights underline the horizontal lines with low broad cuts.

You can opt to have LED lamps. Audi is also offering LED headlights during the market launch. The LED lights lend the A3 Sedan its distinctive appearance and cutting-edge technology highlighting the car’s extraordinary positioning.

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