The interior of the next-generation 2021 Audi S3 has been spied while undergoing cold weather testing in northern Europe.
The exterior of the S3 looks to be an evolution of today's hatch, albeit with an all new body, and sharper detailing, especially around the intakes and lights.
By comparison, the interior of the new A3 and S3 is quite a radical reinvention. The design of the current car's free-standing infotainment screen, relatively flat dashboard and round vents have all been retired.
In their place, the new model features a sharply creased dashboard. Ahead of the driver is a fully digital instrumentation display flanked by a pair of angular vents.
In the centre there's a large, presumably touch-sensitive, infotainment screen, which is underscored by a strip of air conditioning controls.
The centre console's traditional automatic transmission shifter has been replaced by a large toggle-style switch.
Under the skin, the new Audi A3/S3 will ride on the latest evolution of the MQB architecture, and should share plenty in common with the eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf and the latest Skoda Octavia.
We expect the new A3 range will be available with a selection of turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. For European customers there should also be 48V mild hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants.
Models sold on the continent will also likely be available with the Volkswagen Group's latest vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technology, which can inform the driver about changing road, weather and traffic conditions ahead.