Audi A3 will be offered in the U.S. only as a sedan model, according to a company official. The car will be built on Volkswagen’s new MQB platform. It will arrive in the U.S. market in 2014. It is rumored that the five-door model, which Audi has named as the Sportback, may be offered along with its sedan sibling. So far, the brand has been denying that it has plans to sell this model.
Nevertheless, the same company representative said that there are no finalized plans for the Sportback but he confirms that there are ongoing talks. If Audi chooses to offer its five-door version, it will continue to give American buyers an option that’s neglected by both Mercedes and BMW.
There’s a good chance that it will do well but then, historically, hatchbacks sell slowly in the market where high-riding SUVs and crossovers dominate. As of September, Audi had sold 5,750 A3s for this year. Meanwhile, BMW reported 7,731 3 Series sedans in September alone or a total of 68,352 units this year.
The newly-designed Audi A3 was built with neat lines and its measurements are solid and dense. Its height (1,421mm/4.66ft) and length (4,237mm/13.90ft) are virtually equal to the former model. However, its dimensions are more athletic: the A3’s wheelbase was widened by 23mm (0.91in) resulting to 2,601mm (8.53ft). Its anterior overhang has also been shortened, while its width was increased by 12mm (0.47in) to 1,777mm (5.83ft).
A3’s modern expression reflects the aspirations of the Audi’s team of engineers. The radiator grille with a single frame and six corners is the distinguishing component in front while the engine hood lengthens its lines. Enormous air intakes located at the front also show the impressive power of its engines.
The headlamps are smooth and create a lower edge that is shaped like a wave. Audi can also install xenon plus units which are available as an option. The LED bands forming the daytime running lights show the unique structure of the A3 especially during nighttime.
Adding structure to the portion under the windows, a sharp tornado line can be seen on sides of the car – a classic design element of Audi. This vigorous line also soars on top of the side sills.
Contributing to its commanding stance, the Audi A3 is purposely built with huge wheel arches and intensely flared metal surfaces. Other design elements that effectively convey the athleticism of the coupe include the lowered angles of the slim C-pillars and the roof that embraces the modest spoiler.
Highlighting the expansive width of the superior compact car, the A3 is designed with styling at the posterior end, positioning the edge of the spoiler above the diffuser. The split taillights made in LED technology also illustrate the sophisticated detailing of the front headlights’ inner architecture.