The next generation of Audi A3/S3 is on its way, with test mules currently running around Europe in full camouflage. The new A3 will be built on the brand’s updated MQB architecture, the same one that underpins the Mk8 Volkswagen Golf. So it should be a significant upgrade over the car it replaces. One of the areas in which the next-gen car will be upgraded is inside, as it will bring an all-new interior. In some new spy photos, we get a good look at its new cabin, in the upcoming Audi S3. (We don’t own the spy photos but they can be seen here)
Being based on the newly updated MQB architecture, the next-gen Audi S3 will have a massively different interior than the car it replaces and it seems like a huge upgrade. For starters, it gets an entirely new dash design, which incorporates Audi’s new Touch Response MMI screen. Similar to the Audi Q3, the S3 will have physical climate controls, using the sole touchscreen for navigation and infotainment.
On the center console, you’ll also notice something quite different from the current Audi S3. The automatic shift lever is replaced with a little toggle switch, similar to both the all-new VW Golf and the Porsche 911, coincidentally. Interestingly, it seems as if there are some physical buttons for radio controls, up and to the right of the shift lever, featuring what looks like forward and back track buttons and a mute button. If that’s the case, it will be a nice change of pace from having to use the touchscreen for those while driving.
Overall, this new Audi S3 cabin looks both sportier and more premium than the one in the current car, which is starting to look a bit old-hat. We’re excited to see the next-gen Audi S3, both outside and inside, and we’re especially excited to drive it. We should be seeing it sometime this year, so we likely won’t have to wait too long.