Citing sources familiar with the next A3, the magazine reported that the next A3 should debut late this year as a 2021 model and will likely pack a mild-hybrid powertrain. That'll tack a 48-volt system onto the 2.0-liter turbo-four engine to improve fuel economy and likely boost torque figures in the process. According to the report, it should give 240 horsepower.
But it's theand RS3 that enthusiasts are most concerned with, and they're both reportedly set to return. The S3 should dial things up to 300 hp, while a new brings its 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine back to the tune of 400 hp. Yay.
We may even see the A3 Sportback in some form, but as the A3 E-Tron -- a plug-in hybrid model. Do expect the sedan to cop most of the Sportback's angular design, which is far wilder than the more subdued look on display today. Inside, it'll be screens on screens with the latest MMI Touch infotainment system pinning two screens in the center stack, and a Digital Cockpit is all but certain.
An Audi representative couldn't speak to mild-hybrid power for the new A3 and iterated they "hope that we'll see the S3 and RS 3 come to US but it is too early to confirm."
First published March 24.