Audi seems to be on a bit of a roll, lately. Since the introduction of the Audi Q8, the four-ringed brand has been showing us some really impressive cars. Even more impressive is that a lot of those new cars are in less expensive segments, such as the new Audi Q3 and A1, both of which will be the more premium, most luxurious cars in their respective segments. One of the most exciting new cars to come from Ingolstadt will be the new Audi A3, which will make its debut in 2019.
The Audi A3 will be built on the latest generation of the VW Group’s MQB architecture, the same one that the next VW Golf will be built on. That means it will be even lighter and more dynamic than before, while boasting better interior space and more technology.
Styling shouldn’t be dramatically changed, as Audi has always been more about evolutionary changes, rather than revolutionary ones. Though, expect it to be a bit sharper and likely look a bit like the new Audi Q3.
Inside, we’re expecting it to be similar to the new Q3 yet again. Although, that’s no bad thing. The new Audi Q3 has a killer interior, one that is easily the most expensive looking and feeling in the segment already and it’s not even on sale yet. Also expect Audi’s latest touchscreen MMI infotainment system, with likely just the one screen, rather than the dual-screen setup in higher-end models.
As far as powertrains go, the Audi A3 will get the typical suite of small diesel and petrol engines we’re used to from modern Audis but it will also get a couple of new ones. For instance, there will be a proper e-tron plug-in hybrid variant. I say proper because it will actually be an impressive hybrid, rather than the current A3 e-tron, which feels like an afterthought because it is one. We won’t rule out a completely electric e-tron variant, either, as it’s entirely possible and Audi’s new penchant for electric vehicles is obvious.
Thankfully, there will also be a new Audi RS3. While it’s likely to use another 2.5 liter turbocharged inline-five, it should be a newly revised version making more than the 400 hp that the current car makes.
We can’t wait for the Audi A3. It’s already an extremely popular car for Audi, both here in the U.S. and in Europe. Adding more technology, more luxury, more powertrain options and better looks will only shoot its popularity up to crazy new heights.
Admittedly, the Audi A3 does have one big issue and it wears a three-pointed star. The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class is also an extremely impressive car. It has a fantastic looking interior, new engines and some really slick tech, like natural voice recognition for its voice controls and even an augmented reality navigation system, that uses a camera to display your real surroundings onto the nav screen and add on-screen directions to the live feed. It’s really impressive stuff and will be a very tough competitor in the segment.