Audi’s A3 sedan has been a popular choice for drivers who demand the best in upscale German engineering. The 2020 model was a hit with Audi drivers loyal to the model. A new version is on the way for 2021, but there hasn’t been a full disclosure yet of what we can expect. We have however been able to pick up on a few juicy tidbits about what you can expect. Some of the elements you’ve loved most about the A3 have been retained but there are some exciting new changes coming your way. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about the 2021 Audi A3 that will give you something to look forward to.
1. It will be offered in 3 trims
Although Audi has not yet confirmed the details of the new 2021 A3, it is assumed by experts in the field that the new Audi will be delivered in a choice of three trims. The options include the Premium trim which is the base model at an estimated price tag of $35,000 starting. Next, the Premium Plus will be offered with an upgraded package for an estimated cost of $38,000 starting, and the top of the line trim will be the Prestige at about $40,000.
2. Minimal but adequate cargo space
Spycams have been rolling and they captured some shots that give us an idea of what we can expect in terms of cargo space. The A3 has consistently been shy on trunk space, but predictions for the new 2021 model tell us that it will offer ample room for luggage storage and a decent run to the grocery store. What more do you need?
3. It gets more personality
From what information has been gathered about the A3, we’re told that the interior is going to get an upgrade. It looks like this will include optional sport seats and there may even be quilted seating surfaces with a faux-suede option for the upholstery. In the front, there are two big air vents on either side of the gauge display for the car and the dashboard appears to have stitched panel lines at the top.
4. North America gets a turbocharged engine
The best guess for the powertrain estimates that the new compact sedan will be equipped with a stock 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged gas engine. Further ventures suggest it will be made available in your choice of a front-wheel driver or an all-wheel drive. The engine is likely to be mated with a 7-speed automatic transmission.
5. A possible hybrid model may arrive
There has also been a rumor that the 2021 Audi A3 will be offered in a plug-in hybrid model. Although Audi has yet to confirm this through the press, information has leaked from fairly reliable sources. The model will likely come out with the e-Tron name and if it does appear for 2021, it will be later in the model season.
6. It’s going to be longer
The teaser campaign for the 2021 Audi A3 has confirmed that the new model is going to be a little larger. The figures revealed show that it is going to measure 170.8 inches and it’s also going to be widened to 71.6 inches gaining length and width over the 2020 edition.
7. New head and tail lights
The new fourth-generation Audi A3 is going to sport a redesign for its exterior. We’ve heard that it could receive evolved headlights and tail lights with a sharper and bolder aesthetic. There may be matrix LED headlights available as a premium option if you don’t mind paying a little extra for them, along with new day time running lights.
8. More agile handling
The rumor has it that there will also be changes in the suspension. A sports style suspension could lower the ride height to enhance the handling of the vehicle. This includes progressive steering along with a variable steering ratio. this is something that fans of the A3 have to look forward to.
9. The hatchback version already made its debut
Europe got its first taste of the new hatchback version that comes in a 5-door platform. The sedans which are being built for the North American market will be coming out a little later in 2020, but they will be offered as a 2021 model year. We’re hoping that the increased sized of the sedan is a signal that the leg and headroom will be increased for the sake of comfort.
10. The fourth-generation should offer more power
From everything that we’ve heard about the new A3, one of the most common beliefs is that it is going to get an infusion of extra power. Expect a lineup of three standard models with a power boost that they’ll get from 48-volt hybrid systems as time rolls on, according to autoblog.com. The Sedan Sport will feature a 184 horsepower engine with the Sedan S line offering a 228 horsepower option. The output of the expected 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine is 240 horsepower for the entry-level trim with 258 ln-ft of torque for decent acceleration. We’re likely to see more changes for the fourth-generation of the Audi A3 sedan, but Audi is being closed-mouthed about the surprises that they have in store for us for the upcoming model year. We know that when a new generation is launched it gives the automaker a good excuse to make a few big changes. Although we’re already aware of a few, we’re all anxiously awaiting the big reveal when Audi makes its official announcement of what they plan to offer as standard fare, along with the optional goodies that we can order in the upgraded packages. It’s going to be a nail biter, but we don’t have too much longer to wait. Expect to hear more announcements in the near future as this is what we know so far.