The Refreshed Audi A3 Sedan Finally Shows Its New Face

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It will be joined by a more rugged hatchback variant.

New spy photos have revealed the upcoming facelifted Audi A3 Sedan testing in the show with minimal camouflage. This is our first encounter with the sedan body style, currently the only A3 variant (excluding high-performance models) sold in North America. Previous run-ins with the A3 revealed a new lifted hatchback model, which will reportedly be called the A3 allstreet.

Just like the Sportback and allstreet, the biggest changes to the sedan will be up front, where the grille, headlights, and bumper will all be revised. There will also be some small updates to the rear bumper and the taillight graphics.

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Since this is only a mid-cycle refresh and not an all-new generation, it seems unlikely that Audi will change the powertrain in a major way. For the US market, that means a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 201 horsepower and 228 lb-ft of torque. Power goes out to front-wheel-drive as standard (or to each corner with the optional quattro all-wheel-drive) via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Even without a full hybrid system (a 48-volt mild-hybrid is standard), the A3 achieves pretty great fuel economy ratings of up to 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

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We've also spotted the hotter S3 testing in Sportback guise, hiding similar updates found on the more pedestrian A3. This model should continue to use a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine tuned for 306 hp. As for the flagship RS3, it was spotted last year sporting some more significant alterations that could point to a higher-performance variant.

The A3 just arrived in the US for the 2022 model year, so it seems premature for a facelift already. We can't say for certain when this facelifted version will be announced, but Audi should be in no rush, given that the A3 is already quite fresh on the market. That being said, we often get European cars a year after those across the pond.

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