The new Audi A3 has been spied testing in full camouflage covers and the spy shots have revealed a few differences that the next generation A3 is likely to feature. Looking at the spied images, we believe that the prototype being tested appears to be the S Line variant as the images show a sporty looking front bumper and air intakes.
Apart from the sporty bumpers, other giveaways are the large wheels and slightly lowered suspension. Judging by the images of the test mule the car appears production ready and if it is the S Line model the rear is likely to have angular exhaust ends rather than the rounded ones on the standard A3 sedan. Other styling features include a sleek headlight and taillight set up similar to the new facelift A4 sedan, also a small boot-lid integrated spoiler can be seen on the spied car.
The photographs only give a slight glimpse of the interiors and the retractable tablet-style infotainment system cannot be seen on the dashboard leading us to believe that the brand may have replaced it with a dashboard-integrated system similar to the A6 and A8 sedans.
It is also being speculated that the A3 and the A3 Sportback are likely to be built in the updated MQB platform are likely to be slightly bigger than their predecessors. The sedans are also likely to come with a longer wheelbase enabling more room for the passengers and increased boot space.
The current standard Audi A3 in India is powered by a 1395cc TFSI Inline four-cylinder direct injection, turbocharged 4-valves per cylinder DOHC petrol engine that produces 150 HP of power and 250 Nm of torque paired to a 7-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission. The diesel variant is powered by a 1968cc, TDI, inline four-cylinder diesel engine with VTG turbocharger and a DOHC with VVT technology producing 143 HP of power and 320 Nm of torque coupled to a 6-speed S Tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Audi is likely to introduce the new A3 S Line along with the next-generation A3 Sportback which is expected to be unveiled in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.