One of the more interesting cars from Audi in the past few years was the A1 Citycarver. When it was first revealed, the tall-riding, almost Allroad-like version of the A1 seemed pointless, especially considering that it had no off-road ability to speak of. However, after a bit more thought, it actually started to make some sense, which is why it sold well enough to convince Audi to make another mode — The 2022 Audi A3 Citycarver. Based on the new generation of A3, this new Citycarver was just caught doing some camouflaged testing. (We don’t own the spy photos but you can see them here)
The new second-gen Audi A3 Citycarver looks like an A3 Sportback on very small stilts. It’s taller than normal but not tall enough that it looks like an Allroad model. It’s also likely to get some black plastic body cladding over the wheel arches, similar to Allroad models, which is why its wheel arches are covered in camouflage in these photos. Aside from that, don’t expect to see any other real design changes.
The point of the taller ride height is to make it a bit easier to drive in the city. That might seem silly, as a taller ride height is usually reserved for off-road vehicles, but it actually makes some sense. In dense urban traffic, potholes can be incredibly uncomfortable and can even be deep enough to cause your car to scrape its nose. However, the A3 Citycarver’s taller ride height and longer shock travel will mitigate those issues.
Additionally, it will help with small curbs, as well as parking, as the taller ride height will not only clear certain curbs but allow the driver to sit a bit higher up. In a normal Audi A3, a driving enthusiast would want the seat as low as absolutely possible. But in city driving, a taller ride height can help with parking and navigating traffic greatly.
I think it’s cool that the Audi A3 Citycarver is making a comeback and I wish it would come to the United States. It’s an odd car and one that most enthusiasts forget about but it’s a good one and this new one should be even better.