Audi is currently in the process of revamping most of its lineup. Smaller cars like the Audi Q3 and A1 have just recently seen huge updates in the form of completely new models. Both of which seem to be massive steps forward for not only their respective models but the segments they reside in. The very same thing will be happening to the upcoming, next-gen Audi A3 quite soon.
Along with the new Volkswagen Golf, the upcoming Audi A3 will get a new model next year and it will be based on the latest version of the VW Group’s MQB platform. Not only will it get the latest version of its platform but all the technology that comes with it as well. So it will get Audi’s latest touchscreen MMI system, second-generation of Virtual Cockpit and a MHEV (Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle) setup for all of its engines.
We haven’t seen the inside of the new A3, only exterior spy photos (which we don’t own but can be seen here), so we don’t know if it will also get the same dual touchscreen setup as higher-end Audis. We doubt it, to be honest, as both the Audi A1 and Q3 that we’ve seen lack the second touchscreen for HVAC controls. Honestly, that’s preferred by us, as we find physical controls to be much easier to use while driving, but we’ll see what Audi feels.
Also coming to this next-gen Audi A3 will be a full plug-in hybrid variant. While this current Audi A3 does have an e-tron hybrid variant, it packs so little electric range and is so heavy that it’s really useless as a hybrid. This next-gen model should be far, far better, thanks to new lessons learned from the Audi e-tron SUV.
The next-gen Audi A3 will be a very interesting car because it’s one that sells in high volumes for Audi. So to see what becomes of it will be something to keep your eye on.