You'll have to wait if you're interested in the next generation of Audi's smallest car.
Skipping a model year for a car isn't common, but it isn't unusual either. For the 2021 model year, there's little surprise a couple of automakers are having to delay new models and create a gap in production. We already know Acura is skipping the 2021 model year for the MDX to release its fresh generation as a 2022 vehicle. Now, CarsDirect has confirmed that not only will the new Audi A3 not reach American shores as a 2021 model, but there won't be a 2021 model at all. This is disappointing for those looking forward to what promises to be a significant improvement of the entry-level Audi we already love.
Usually, a new model showing up would mean some excellent deals to have on the outgoing generation. However, a delay in a model year means a higher demand for current inventory. If you're in the market and can find one of the few 2020 Audi A3's left, it could be worth snapping one up with Audi's current discounts on offer. We're big fans of the outgoing A3's strong engine, agile handling, excellent build quality, and high level of tech - even on the $33,300 entry-level trim.
It looks like Audi is raising its entry-level game for those willing to wait and happy to pay the full price for the next generation. The 2022 Audi A3 will arrive with more aggressive and sharper styling, a 10.1-inch touchscreen display instead of the existing smaller pop-up unit, and Audi's Virtual Cockpit will now be standard on a 10.3-inch gauge cluster screen. Audi still hasn't confirmed engine choices, but we're expecting the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine from the US Golf GTI, a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and the choice between either front- or all-wheel drive. What we don't know is whether or not the US will be able to option a manual transmission.