Audi working on a new crossover based on A3

Article by Christian A., on July 15, 2013

Audi has enough models to conquer the market but it appears that the German manufacturer is planning a new crossover based on the well-known A3. According to Autonews, this new models is expected to hit the market in 2016 or 2017 and wants to take on Bmw’s planned front-wheel-drive compact crossover.

Sources confirmed the fact that engineers are already working on a concept version of the upcoming car that will have either five or seven seats. And it is known as the “elevated space vehicle”.

Although is it still unclear if the new concept car will be seen at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, we do know that Audi will use Volkswagen Group's modular MQB architecture and will built it at its headquarters in Ingolstadt. Moreover, it is also unclear if company’s new technology chief Ulrich Hackenberg will be deeply involved in its development. If built, Audi is expected to ad a sporty version of the crossover, which will wear the well-known RS badge.

The formal language of the Audi A3 that can be described as progressive is able to envision the passion that engineers at Audi possess when it comes to creating automobiles. On the front section, the defining feature is the sculpted single-frame six-cornered radiator grille whose lines are continued to the hood of the engine. With the use of large air intakes, this section is able to reveal the power available in the engines.

The large wheel arches mixed with the flared metal surfaces give the new A3 that strong look. Meanwhile, the roof manages to sweep back to the spoiler and when paired with how low the angles of the C-pillar are, displays an athletic look much like that of the coupe. For the front section, it is easy to see that the headlights are not only flat but manage to integrate the wave-shaped lower edge.

Customers can choose to have the xenon plus units where the LED bands shape the daytime running lights. With this, the A3 gets that unmistakable look, especially during nighttime driving. Looking at the sides, it is easy to see that there is yet another classic design element that the brand is known for which is that sharply delineated tornado line. This particular feature ensures that the region under the windows has the needed structure.

Once this dynamic line reaches the top of the side sills, it begins to rise upward sharply. With the new A3, Audi put in those concise lines while making sure that the dimensions remain compact. Overall length is at 13.90 feet (4,237 mm), much like the previous version. Height is similar as well at 4.66 feet (1,421 mm). The difference is in the width which has been increased by 0.47 inches (12 mm) and now stands at 5.83 feet (1,777 mm).

However, compared to the model before it, the new A3 has sportier proportions. The wheelbase now measures 8.53 feet (2,601 mm), an increase of 0.91 inch (23 mm). Meanwhile, the overhang in the front has been reduced and made shorter.

Topics: audi, audi a3, crossover

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