Prototypes for Audi’s redesigned A3 compact have been spotted. The prototypes are for the hatchback body style, referred to as the A3 Sportback, but development of a new A3 sedan should be taking place alongside it.
The new A3, which represents the fourth generation of the nameplate, is being developed around an updated version of the Volkswagen Group’s MQB modular platform, the current version of which features in the current A3 and numerous other VW Group models. The updated platform debuts in October in the redesigned Volkswagen Golf.
The new A3 should arrive in early 2020 as a 2021 model. It will follow a similar formula to the current model, with its styling looking close to what we see on the redesigned A1 Sportback subcompact sold overseas.
The prototypes reveal more pronounced body sculpting than on the current model and wider haunches that really lend the vehicle a muscular look. The most recent testers also sport the production lights, which at the front feature Audi’s Matrix LED technology.