While it was missing its headlights, it still divulged a lot of what will soon become Audi’s all-new A-Class and 1-Series rival. Of course, since that test body belonged to the sedan, then it would be more accurate to call it an A-Class Sedan competitor.
Audi is also allegedly prepping a five-door coupe variant of the A3 positioned more squarely against Mercedes‘ CLA, but we’re here mostly to talk about the 4-door sedan, thanks to this recent rendering by Kolesa.
It will feature the brand’s big Singleframe grille flanked by large boomerang-style headlights and sharply-designed tail lights with angular signature graphics.
We think the render is fairly accurate, although the fenders appear to be a little more flared in the prototype, which we expect will give the car a more visually-aggressive stance – something Audi is apparently looking for in every single one of their new-generation models.
We’ve also had a sneak peek inside the A3’s interior with spy images showing a surprisingly (and literally) edgy dashboard design incorporating a large instrument cluster and infotainment displays, the latter being angled towards the driver.
As for tech, the all-new A3 will feature the same MQB Evo architecture as the Golf Mk8, which allows for mild hybrid as well as plug-in hybrid powertrains.
With Audi likely to unveil the all-new 5-door A3 hatch at the Geneva Motor Show in March, this sedan version should arrive sometime afterwards, along with the previously-mentioned five-door coupe variant.