Audi Could Be Working On CLA-Rivaling A3 Liftback Coupe

The Audi A3 lineup could benefit a new physique character in a form of a five-door liftback to plea a likes of a second-gen Mercedes-Benz CLA and upcoming BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe.

The new Audi A3 various is approaching to arrive in 2020 according to Autocar, and substantially accept a Sportback nameplate, gripping in line with a larger Audi A5 Sportback and notwithstanding a same name being used on a five-door hatchback chronicle of a A3.

Expected to magnitude some-more than 4,400 mm (173 in) in length, or some 330 mm (13 in) reduction than a Audi A5 Sportback, a A3 Sportback/Liftback will be powered by a common four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, in obtuse flavors. Thus, a 1.4-liter gasoline burner and a 2.0-liter diesel burner are believed to be partial of a offering, despite total with a 48V electric complement to form mild-hybris.

Electrified models pronounced to join a four-wheel expostulate Audi Sport versions

The German automobile builder could launch an S3 chronicle as well, with a 2.0-liter four-banger creation over 300 PS (296 hp / 221 kW) total with four-wheel drive, as an answer to a Mercedes-AMG CLA 35.

However, a loyal range-topping chronicle is going to be a RS3, that will opposition cars like a AMG CLA 45, featuring a revised chronicle of a 2.5-liter five-banger section rated during some-more than 400 PS (394 hp / 294 kW).

In further to a common ICE-powered derivatives, a Audi A3 Sportback/Liftback competence benefit a PHEV powertrain too, with a zero-emission operation of adult to 50 km (31 miles). A battery-powered version, underpinned by a VW Group’s MEB platform, could also be in a works.

Said to have been described by Audi insiders as a devout inheritor of a classic Sport Quattro, a neat five-door coupe chronicle of a A3 will substantially benefit a few special styling touches in this direction. So, a vented bonnet, flared circle arches and special bumpers, could do a pretence for it.

Note: Audi A3 Saloon pictured

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