Would anyone say no to a lifted RS3 allroad?
According to our latest spy shots, Audi is still working on a more rugged, lifted version of its subcompact A3 model. As of now, the 2023 Audi A3 Sedan is the only A3 variant sold in the United States, not counting the high-performance S3 and RS3. Europe still gets a hatchback version called the Sportback, but it's not offered stateside. Perhaps the US market will get this new lifted version since Audi already sells the A4 allroad and A6 allroad here.
We first spotted the A3 allroad (rumored to be called the City Hopper) back in 2021, and we haven't seen it testing since May of last year. These latest set of shots show the car testing in the snow, and we have a new report claiming it will be called the A3 allstreet, not the A3 City Hopper.
Audi has been working on this new A3 variant for a while, but it's likely holding off the reveal until the facelifted lineup is complete. The most recent A3 has only been on the market for a few years, so we expect to only see minor changes, not a major overhaul.
This facelift will likely focus on the headlights and taillights, minor interior improvements, and possibly an even higher-performance version of the RS3, as evidenced by a mystery prototype spotted last year.
As for the A3 allroad/allstreet/City Hopper, we aren't sure what engine it will use. The European A3 is available with either a 1.5-liter TFSI engine or a 2.0-liter TDI diesel engine, while the US model gets a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 201 horsepower. The last time we spotted this car, it had a charge door on the front left fender, hinting at a plug-in hybrid drivetrain. However, no charge port appears to be present this time around.
Audi may have something to show by the end of this year, but we wouldn't predict a US arrival until next year, if at all.
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