Audi is constantly evaluating its portfolio to determine what needs to stay and what has to go. With the new A3, the premium compact car will lose some of the versions as the three-door model and the convertible will not return for the next generation. Why is that? Because the customer demand for these two rather unpractical body styles has declined in recent years.
That didn’t stop the talented peeps at SRK Designs to chop off the A3’s roof and take out the rear doors in a rendering that tries to imagine a purely hypothetical A3 Cabriolet. They kept the rear seats, although we’d imagine those are rather cramped and suitable only for kids. It’s an attractive “what if” rendering, but the golden days of the convertible are long gone.
The truth of the matter is Audi has bigger fish to fry right now instead of making an effort to roll out what would be a slow-selling car. That being said, the company is poised for an EV onslaught and it might include a fully electric TT Roadster if a new report is to be believed. It’s allegedly scheduled to come out in 2023, so there is hope for an all-new small droptop carrying the Four Rings.
With the A3 Cabriolet not returning and Mercedes discontinuing the SLC, those shopping for a small posh convertible have fewer options. Sure, VW has the oddball T-Roc Convertible, but the idea of an SUV with a folding roof hasn’t been well-received in the past. Just look at the sales numbers of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible or the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet.
The Mazda MX-5 Miata, BMW Z4, and the Mini Convertible are probably your best options unless you want something more engaging such as the Porsche 718 Boxster. We’re hoping there will come a time when Audi will reconsider its convertible portfolio, but that’s unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future what with the never-ending SUV craze.