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by George Skentzos

The new generation Audi A3 may be a while out yet – especially with the newly-crowned RS3 performance flagship yet to make its showroom debut – but in the meantime these illustrations give us an idea of what we should expect when the car is released.

Its original release date later this year has been pushed back yet again to mid-2010, although it could easily take until 2011 before we see the new range in local showrooms in the basic three and five-door hatchback models.

From there, Audi will also begin to introduce the rest of the A3 range including a new Cabriolet model, Sportback wagon and even the possibility of an Allroad soft-roader.

2011 Audi A3 illustrated

The good news is Audi is likely to give even basic models and aggressive undertone to compete with BMW’s 1 Series range, as well as introducing a new batch of genuine hardcore performance hatches.

Also not unlike the 1 Series, the new generation Audi A3’s length has supposedly swelled to 4.2 metres long, supposedly hinting at the release of a new coupe version as well.