Posted Nov 26th 2012 2:30PM
It's been almost two years since we first saw the Audi A3 Sedan Concept under the lights of the Geneva Motor Show, but it looks like we won't have to wait much longer to see this small Audi four-door on the open road. Our spy shooters have caught Audi testing the sedan version of the next-generation A3 that is expected to go on sale later next year.
From what we can tell from this test mule, Audi has kept the overall styling of the A3 Sedan very similar to the 2011 concept car. The long-lensed shots don't give us too much detail of the car's body or any interior shots, but we do see that the concept's roofline and side window shape carries over almost identically. As expected, the massive carbon fibre and aluminum wheels have been replaced with more appropriately sized wheels, and the door mirrors are befitting a production car. The A3 sedan concept had a four-passenger seating layout, but we would be surprised if this configuration makes it to production.
No definitive word on what will power the next A3, but don't hold your breath for the same five-cylinder used on the A3 Sedan Concept. With a stated 408 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, this engine's output seems rather high even for a next-gen RS3.
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Image Credit: Spy Shots: KGP Photography, Live images copyright 2012 Jeremy Korzeniewski / AOL