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The Audi A3 sedan has been spied undergoing cold-weather testing in Scandinavia ahead of the all-new compact four-door’s anticipated unveiling later this year.

Previewed in concept form two years ago at the 2011 Geneva motor show, the A3 sedan appears here wearing production body panels beneath a camouflage wrap, giving us our best look yet at the design of the new derivative of the premium German small car.

Like the third-generation Audi A3 hatch variants, the A3 sedan will be underpinned by the Volkswagen Group’s versatile MQB platform, which it will share with the new-generation Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia, as well as around 40 other VW Group models by 2018.

The Audi A3 sedan promises to offer more space for passengers and cargo than its hatchback siblings. The 2011 A3 sedan concept measured 4440mm long, 1840mm wide and 1390mm tall, making it 130mm longer, 60mm wider and 35mm lower than the new A3 Sportback, while the concept’s 410-litre boot was 30 litres larger than the hatchback’s.

The spy images confirm the A3 sedan will closely mirror the styling of the concept, with the prototype sporting sleek headlights, a prominent hexagonal grille, heavily raked rear windscreen, short boot lid and LED-infused rectangular tail-lights.

With its overseas launch scheduled for the final months of this year, the Audi A3 sedan is expected to arrive in Australian showrooms sometime in 2014. The five-door A3 Sportback will go on sale locally during the second quarter of this year.

The Audi A3 sedan will go head to head with the all-new Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class – the German manufacturer’s new A-Class-based ‘four-door coupe’ that debuted at last week’s Detroit auto show and is set to reach Australian showrooms in the fourth quarter of 2013.

  • Showtime

    2-door S3 please :)

    • Luke

      pff like you colud afford it

  • Joe

    Looks a lot sleeker and more resolved than the CLA.

  • O123

    wonder how much itll be.

  • Mathias

    Looks better than the A3 hatch.

    • Jurgen

      Agreed, and with more space for passengers and cargo than the hatch, this would definitely be the pick for practicality. Too bad that it’ll probably face less success than the hatch.

      • Peter

        Yeah, it is about the same size as the current Volvo s40 which is being discontinued in favour of the (hatch) V40. I reckon the A4 is a little big for a small car, so this would be my preference

        • Golfmother

          Bracket creep this is probably bigger than the original A4 .

  • Antonius

    Honestly – the entire Audi range with the exception of the R8 is… so YAWN. Their whole model lineup can only be described as derivative and boring (one sausage – just a variety of lengths). This thing looks like a 1996 model A4 I used to own. VW Group pick up your act…. and fix your dodgy transmissions and deplorable after-care (no-care) service. You could learn a thing or two about service from Lexus.

    • Cucucuci@hotmail.com

      Hi there exactly because it looks like an A4 2006 that is why i want it. Right size for a sports sedan. People complain it is boring, etc and repetitive, but do it is the bmw. Why audi should dramatically change the external design if it looks good already? There are finite combinations of design, and changing it too much can make it look like a kia. Pay attention the Benz class A has changed, but just because until recently, Benz cars have been ugly, weird and creepy sometimes.

  • Kampfer

    Tarted up Jetta…. As least CLA-Class look different.

    • CucuCucu

      Agree the A class looks different now, but until now Benz looks sucked.

      I compared side by side and here is my conclusion:
      A class has no manual transmission. Audi A3 sedan apparently will have in the US.

      A class no AWD (for around $30k). Audi A3 has it.

      A class is kind of pushing a little too much on the details. Interior in Audi A3 sedan is simple more subtle. Also i like the music controls better in the A3, better usability.

  • amlohac

    RS3 version of this would be the tits!
    Unfortunatley, it will be many thousands of dollars beyond what i have in my bank acccount. *sadface*

  • Hector

    booooring. this Audi doesn’t stack up at all in the looks department compared to the CLA.

  • Zaccy16

    interesting to see what it will look like without the camo

  • cuoresportivo

    YAWN.. does nothing to change the “whitegoods on wheels” image Audi has… lacking personality, utilitarian in design, no passion.. bring back the exciting days of 80’s Audi rallying

  • Real thing?

    Perfect another rebadged VW!! Go you good thing!!!!!!!!!