Audi has previously confirmed that it will discontinue both the A1 Supermini and Q2 mini-SUVs to move to the market, but the company has said that it is committed to the compact segment where it will offer a range of models alongside the next generation A3.
Following the news of the Q2 shutdown earlier this year, Audi CEO Marcus Duisman said: “A3 or its successor, this will probably be entry level. So yes I can promise that from the A3 segment, we will offer a range of models “.
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The current fourth generation Audi A3 was unveiled in 2020, which means it will stay with us for many years to come. In fact, the first generation of the A3 had a life cycle of 7 years (1996-2003), the second was stuck for about 9 years (2003-2012), while the third was in production for 8 years (2012-2020) which means that a facelift should be at least 2027. Till the fourth generation model will be on sale.
The latest new Audi with internal combustion engine will debut in 2026, so the next A3 will probably come in EV-only form. As reported by Drive.com.au, citing Audi executives, production of the next A3 could begin in late 2029. The new model will probably sit on the new scalable system platform (SSP) which will eventually replace the MEB and PPE architectures. VW Group.
Currently, Audi’s compact range includes the A3 Sportback, A3 Sedan, Q3 SUV, and Q3 Sportback coupe-SUV, with an A3 Allstreet coming soon. We hope that in the future compact EV models will be offered in similar bodystyle variants. Unlike the A3 range, which will only go to EVs in the next generation, Q3 still has some ICE-powered futures, such as the Hybrid-only Capra Terrama siblings.
Premium automakers tend to abandon smaller parts due to very low profit margins. The future of the BMW compact model in the electric age is still uncertain, with Mercedes-Benz confirming that it will reduce the range of its compact model from seven to four body styles. Nevertheless, the premium compact hatchback segment has a future, with the Stalantis planning the Lancia Delta EV to debut in 2028.