Audi has pushed back the arrival of its next-model A3 by one year as it tackles the development of several other all-new models such as the A1 hatch and Q3 soft-roader. Originally touted to arrive at the end of the year, the next A3 will now hit the market in the first half of 2010 in a basic three and five-door hatchback models. A little later Audi will add a new Convertible model and Sportback wagon, and according to latest reports there may even be a four-door coupe as well as an Allroad soft-roader.
The stategy is to help the new A3 compete with BMW’s 1-series range as well as other European rivals. The new A3’s platform will again be shared with VW’s Golf, which means Audi’s latest modular platform design has been ruled out. Compared with the current model the replacement A3’s footprint will grow in size with a more raked profile. .
Likely engine options for the A3 range of cars include a series of four-cylinder powerplants ranging from 1.2 to 2.0L in capacity. The base engine will be a 1.2L TFSI with 105hp and 175Nm of torque and this will be followed by a 1.4L TFSI with 125hp and 200Nm of torque and a 1.8L TFSI with 160hp and 250Nm of torque. Rounding out the four-cylinder family will be a 2.0L TFSI with 211hp and 350Nm of torque. For the performance S3 model, expect to see a new turbocharged four-cylinder motor.