With its Audi 3 concept for the 2011 Geneva auto show, the German automaker is not only showcasing the future of the A3, but it is also revealing that the long-awaited A3 sedan will eventually become a part of the car's lineup. And if it looks anything like these drawings, we can't wait to see more.
At roughly 175 inches long, 72.5 inches wide and 54.7 inches high, it’s more than 6-inches longer, some 3-inches wider and more than an inch lower than the present A3 five-door. According to Audi, the concept’s ‘proportions emphasize the dynamism of the car’s appearance.’ Among the concept’s top design features are what Audi refers to as a ‘flowing roof dome and a coupe-like, low C-pillar’ (heaven knows it wouldn’t be a sedan these days without a coupe-like greenhouse), a new take on the brand’s single-frame grille, and updated LED lightbanks.
Even more dynamism can be found under the hood, where the A3 Concept will feature a version of Audi’s inline 2.5-liter five-cylinder boosted to as much as 408 horsepower, mated to Audi’s seven-speed S tronic gearbox. Of course, quattro will drive all four wheels.
At present, the only A3 we get in the U.S. is the five-door hatch. We have a strong suspicion that when the A3 sedan makes it to production that we will see it here, as America is the land of the sedan.