Speaking to the press at the launch of the Audi A3 sedan in Budapest, Hungary, the A3’s project manager, Frank Herrmann, confirmed the A3 family will expand with a new convertible at Frankfurt in September, but that it would be very different to the previous generation model (pictured above).
Although it’s based on the Audi A3 three-door platform, the cabriolet will look more like the soon-to-arrive sedan, with coupe like proportions. It will also be built in the same Hungarian factory. All Audi A3 models, like the Volkswagen Golf, use the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB platform, which allows for faster development of variation models.
Herrmann hinted that it would look more like a smaller Audi A5 cabriolet than the previous hatch based open-top. Despite the Mercedes-Benz CLA being regarded as a main competitor for the A3 sedan, Herrmann ruled out an A3 coupe to go head to head.
Details on the A3 cabriolet are still scarce, but Audi Australia has confirmed that it will take the model next year when it becomes available for our market.
The Audi A3 family brings in 20 percent of Audi’s total revenue, with the German brand relying heavily on the new model to reclaim the sales lead in the small luxury car segment. Since its introduction in 1996, the brand has sold more than 3.5 million A3s.
The arrival of the Cabrio will grow the A3 lineup to three models locally, with the Audi A3 Sportback and A3 Sedan having already gone on sale by then. An Audi S3 in both sedan and Sportback shapes will also be available, with the RS3 version looking likely but still unconfirmed.