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Audi to expand A3 range

Wednesday 09/August/2017 - 01:13 PM
Sada El Balad

The German brand has revealed to British publication, Autocar, that for its next-generation A3, due in 2019, it will drop the Sportback name from its small A3 hatch and refer to that model as simply the A3. Drive.com said.


In its place, Audi has flagged the potential to develop a four-door coupe-shaped A3 that would wear the Sportback moniker, in the same vein as the brand's A5 and A7 Sportbacks.


The new A3 range will include a regular five-door hatch, four-door sedan, cabriolet and the new coupe-styled liftback model that retains five-door functionality with a sportier profile.


Overseas, Audi is planning to jettison its three-door A3, which the carmaker's local arm discontinued in 2011.


The move to ditch the slow-selling three-door A3 will help Audi stablise costs as the Volkswagen Group looks to reel in expenditure in the wake of the ongoing diesel emissions scandal.


However, the introduction of the more traditional four-door coupe will give a genuine competitor to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLA.


Style-wise the new A3 Sportback would take on a more premium presentation - similar to the current A5 - through the use of frameless door glass, lowered roof with a higher pricetag to match.


The next-generation sedan is also expected to change, with a longer wheelbase and larger boot on the cards to increase the compact sedan’s appeal in key markets like China where rear seat accommodation is a major buyer priority.


Audi will also apply its growing range of electrified drivetrain technology to the new A3 range, with an emphasis on electrically-assisted hybrids and full EVs joining the A3’s roster.

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