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Old 11-27-2018, 08:40 AM   #1
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Default Audi plots A3 liftback coupé to take on Mercedes CLA

Audi plots A3 liftback coupé to take on Mercedes CLA
Audi is poised to take the fight to Mercedes' new CLA with a stylish compact coupé

Audi is preparing to counter the new Mercedes-Benz CLA with its very own style-led coupé: a new five-door A3 liftback model. The most powerful version, which is set to make more than 400bhp, is described by Audi officials as a spiritual successor to the original Sport Quattro.

The secret new Audi was granted production approval by former Audi chairman Rupert Stadler earlier this year and forms part of a future four-model A3 line-up. When it reaches the UK in 2020, it will be sold alongside successors to today’s five-door hatchback, two-door cabriolet and four-door saloon A3s.

Sources told Autocar the new five-door A3 coupé could use the Sportback name to draw a link between it and the A5 Sportback, although that branding has previously been used for the five-door A3 hatchback.

As well as rivalling the new Mercedes CLA, the upcoming Audi liftback will face competition from a future BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé in what is shaping up as a potentially lucrative market segment for the three German car makers.

The word from Audi’s Ingolstadt headquarters in Germany suggests that the new A3 model has been drafted into the line-up as a possible replacement for the TT, sales of which have plummeted in recent years as buyers have abandoned compact two-door models in search of more versatile offerings. However, this is denied by highly placed Audi sources in Ingolstadt, who suggest the future of the TT coupé and roadster remains open for the time being.

Further details about the new A3 model are scarce at this early stage, but insiders have told Autocar that the A3 liftback measures more than 4400mm in length. By comparison, the existing A5 Sportback is 4730mm long.

More affordable versions of the new Audi are set to run either a 1.4-litre petrol or 2.0-litre diesel engine in combination with a 48V electric system to provide them with mild-hybrid properties.

However, Autocar has been told that plans have already been drawn up for a more powerful 2.0-litre model in the form of the S3 liftback. Set to rival the Mercedes-AMG CLA35, the four-wheel-drive S3 liftback is expected to offer more than 300bhp.

The most powerful of Audi’s new five-door models will be an exciting RS3 liftback that’s planned for launch in 2021. Fitted with a revised version of the 2.5-litre five-cylinder petrol engine that powers existing RS3 models, with a particulate filter among the other changes, it will go up against the new Mercedes-AMG CLA45 wielding more than 400bhp.

In a move that’s intended to link the new liftback with the iconic short-wheelbase Sport Quattro launched in 1983, the RS3 liftback is claimed to receive a number of traditional styling touches, including air vents within the leading edge of the bonnet, flared wheel arches and a pronounced spoiler within the trailing edge of an angled liftback-style tailgate.

Together with the range-topping S3 and RS3 models, Audi is also planning to provide its upcoming liftback with a newly configured plug-in petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain, which will offer an electric-only range of up to 31 miles, as part of an extended range of new electrified A3 E-tron models.

Word on the Ingolstadt rumour mill also suggests that a pure-electric version of the new five-door liftback, based on the Volkswagen Group’s new MEB electric vehicle platform, could also appear as a future Audi rival to the Tesla Model 3.

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Old 12-11-2019, 06:57 AM   #2
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Default 2021 Audi A3 Will Look As Hot 2019 S3 ?

Check out that honeycomb front grille

Seven years old as of late 2019, the third-generation Audi A3 is a bit long in the tooth and a fourth-gen model is underway. Alongside the familiar hatchback, Audi is also working on a new sedan model, including a higher performance S3 version. The latest prototype was spotted cold-weather testing in Sweden and the bodywork suggests that the compact four-door is ready to go into production. The A3 wasn’t wearing any camouflage, but it was hidden under a cover. Our paparazzi managed to grab some shots as Audi employees were removing the cover, so we can get a good look at the A3’s front end.


Like the larger A6 and A8, the A3 will look more angular in the new generation. The headlamps are missing from this prototype but they seem slimmer than before, while the grille features sharper angles and it’s a bit wider in the center.

The honeycomb mesh suggests that the sedan in these photos might not be a regular A3, which usually features horizontal bars.
There’s no "S3" badge on the grille, so it could be an A3 with special options or the S Line package. The bumper also features large openings on the sides, although the small grilles in these intakes are fake. The small splitter at the bottom of the bumper enhances the car’s sporty look.

Onto the sides we can see a beefed-up section just above the side skirts. This is an interesting feature that I haven’t seen on previous Audi A3s. The rear wheel arches also seem wider than usual. But we can also see that the seam sits unusually high from the ground. Our paparazzi speculate that this could be due to the fact that this specific car doesn’t have a drivetrain, but Audi could also be testing a brand-new suspension setup.


In 2021, both the A3 hatchback and sedan switch to the MLB platform that underpins the recently launched Volkswagen Golf Mk8.

This means that it will feature the same engines. The lineup will start with a 1.0-liter turbo-three rated at 89 and 110 horsepower, but it will also include a 1.5-liter mill with 130 and 150 horses.

Unlike the previous generation, this A3 will also feature a mild-hybrid drivetrain that combine a gasoline engine with a 48-volt electrical sytem. These should be offered in three versions that generate 110, 130, and 150 horsepower. The plug-in hybrid drivetrain from the Golf Mk8 could also make it into the A3, alongside two outputs of 204 and 245 horsepower. Finally, Audi should offer a couple of four-cylinder diesel engines rated at 116 and 150 horses.

Volkswagen Golf 8 specifications
1.0-liter three-cylinder 89 HP
1.0-liter three-cylinder 110 HP
1.5-liter four-cylinder 130 HP
1.5-liter four-cylinder 150 HP
1.0 eTSI 110 HP
1.5 eTSI 130 HP
1.5 eTSI 150HP
2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel 116 HP
2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel 150 HP
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Old 12-11-2019, 09:01 AM   #3
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Is that a 4 door TT?
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I could have swore thats a TT.
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