The A3 convertible has reportedly been canned for the 2020 model year.
The A3 is one of Audi's most popular models, but sales have been declining over the last few years. In the US, Audi sold just over 18,000 A3 models last year compared to nearly 36,000 in 2015 thanks to increasing demand for SUVs and crossovers. Fortunately, an all-new A3 is due to arrive soon, which should help boost sales. According to AutomobileMagazine, the fourth-generation Audi A3 will make its debut next year at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show in March, so we have around six months to wait.
According to the publication, the all-new Audi A3 will debut as a five-door hatchback, which will go on sale in Europe. A four-door sedan variant will go on sale in the US, which will be the only variant available as the convertible model will reportedly be scrapped for the 2020 model year. Rumors also suggest Audi will unleash a four-door coupe variant of the A3 to go after the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class, which could be sold as a Sportback model.
The new A3 will ride on an updated version of Volkswagen's MQB architecture shared with the new eighth-generation Golf, which will support both hybrid and plug-in hybrid drivetrains. On the outside, the exterior is expected to share cues with the new Q3 SUV and A4 sedan. More significant changes will be found inside, however, as Audi promises the A3 will have a more premium interior featuring Audi's latest tech including the new Q3's 10.1-inch infotainment system and Virtual Cockpit digital dash, as well as class-leading ride comfort.
There's no word yet on the new A3's engine options, but the current model uses a 2.0-liter turbo inline-4 gasoline engine good for 184 hp and 221 lb-ft, while the sportier S3 increases the output to 288 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. The range-topping RS3, on the other hand, packs a 2.5-liter turbo inline-5 with 394 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque on tap.