First Look: Audi A3 Concept

The biggest departure for this A3 concept is obviously the fact that it is a sedan. Previous generations of A3s have been hatchbacks, closely based on the Volkswagen Golf platform. This styling is distinctly Audi, featuring a muscular appearance below the beltline with flared fenders and swooping character lines across the sides of the car. The front and rear fascias are aggressive and show the evolutionary direction of design language. The front and rear have additional CFRP inserts and the lights are a new generation of Audi's signature LED technology. Intakes below the headlights give them a floating appearance, and the downward angle emphasizes the prominent front grille. Audi says the roofline and thick C-pillar were designed to bring the look of a coupe into the small sedan and add to the sporting character of the car. The trunk is finished with an integrated spoiler lip and rounds out the aggressive persona.

Luckily, Audi has given the car the performance to back up the looks. Acceleration is rated at 4.1 seconds for the 0-62 mph sprint using launch control. Top speed is limited to 155 mph. With its rigid chassis, all-wheel drive, and low weight, the A3 Concept should no doubt handle with typical Audi brilliance. While this sedan is still just a concept at the moment, Audi has expressed an interest in offering a smaller sedan in the North American market. This car seems to have all the makings of an S or even RS model, but even detuned, it certainly appears as though it would make a great entry-level sedan, the preferred body style of the U.S. market.

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Audi should make the production A3 sedan just like the concept A3 sedan (and add the same power to the A3 hatch). It would blow away the BMW 1 Series, Acura TSX, Subaru WRX, Buick Verano, and others in this class and set Audi apart.

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