The A3 sedan, which will make its official debut at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show in late April, is targeted at generation X and Y market. The car takes direct aim at vehicles like BMW 3 Series, Infiniti G37 and the new 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.
Audi hasn’t announced any specifications on the A3 sedan, but it will likely feature a choice of two 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines, one gasoline and one diesel-fueled. There have been reports that a hybrid and an electric-powered model might also be featured in the lineup.
Expect a high-performance A3 to follow soon behind as well.
The A3 sedan concept (pictured above), unveiled at last year’s Geneva Auto Show, featured a 400 plus horsepower 5-cylinder engine under the hood. I can’t imagine Audi would tease us with that kind of power and not add a high-performance model to the line-up − especially considering that most of its competitors in the segment have one in their lineup.
Pricing for the A3 sedan will be below the A4, which starts at around $34, 000 for the base model.
The new CLA, which arrives at U.S. dealerships in September 2013, will start with a base price of $30,825, including a $925 destination charge.
More details on the A3 sedan will be released in New York.