The 2021 Audi A3 Sportback has broken cover, but America will need to wait for the sedan version to arrive.
This week, the all-new 2021 Audi A3 made its world debut. With its sharper styling, improved driving dynamics, and more technologically advanced interior, the new Audi A3 is a considerable improvement over its predecessor. So far, Audi has only shown off the Sportback version of the 2021 A3, which won't be going on sale in America.
Instead, US customers will need to wait for new Audi A3 Sedan to arrive, which will take on the Mercedes A-Class Sedan. America's new Audi A3 should break cover sometime this year, but we already have a good idea what it will look like thanks to a render designed by artist Kleber Silva.
Like the Sportback version, the 2021 Audi A3 Sedan's exterior will be updated with the German automaker's latest design language seen on recent models such as the A4, with new design elements including a wider grille, larger front air intakes, and new daytime running lights incorporating 15 LEDs.
The artist has also removed the 2021 Audi A3 Sportback's roof rails that gave it a more rugged appearance. In terms of proportions, the 2021 Audi A3 Sportback is 1.2 inches longer than the outgoing model, so the sedan version should also get a growth spurt.
Inside, the 2021 Audi A3 Sportback is upgraded with a new standard 10.1-inch touch display integrated into the center of the instrument panel, a 0.25-inch digital instrument cluster operated with the multifunction steering wheel, and more premium materials, which will carry over to the sedan. The touch screen can also be upgraded to a larger 12.3-inch display.
Under the hood, Europe's 2021 Audi A3 Sportback will be available with a 1.5-liter TFSI gasoline engine with 150 hp and a 2.0-liter TDI diesel producing up to 150 hp. Power will only be sent to the front wheels initially, but models with Audi's Quattro AWD system will also be offered. In the US, the 2021 Audi A3 Sedan is still expected to be offered with a 2.0-liter turbo-four, which produces 184 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque in the current A3, and 288 hp and 280 lb-ft in the S3.