A high-riding 2023 Audi A3 crossover has been re-tested for those who can’t or won’t jump on a real crossover, and it looks like it could get the name Allstreet.
Spy photographers have begun testing the five-door Sportback hatch around Nুরrburg, and with the front, rear and side rotation camouflage making it difficult to pick the final bumper design, we can detect the height of a finely raised ride and see the new A1 All. Isolated wheel arch cladding.
The previous prototype spotted testing was the plug-in hybrid model, a fact provided by the charging port flap on the driver’s side wing. However, this latest test car appears to be powered by a conventional four-cylinder combustion engine, possibly a 1.4-liter petrol, or a 2.0-liter diesel engine.
Audi began using the Allroad name for such car-based crossovers more than 20 years ago, first with an A6 with height and body cladding, and later with a similar treatment on the A4. But more recently it has used the name CityCarver for the jack-up version of the smaller A1 hatch.
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Since that pseudo-off-road A1 was rebranded as A1 Allstreet earlier this week, it is now speculated that its A3 big brother will get the same badge. The A1 Allstreet is only available with front-wheel drive, however, if the Audi A3 version prefers to create an all-wheel drive, positioning it as a premium product, it may go for the allroad tag. But in a market like the UK, the A3 Sportback already only comes with a front wheel drive unless you’re buying an S3 or RS 3 hot hatch.
Audi UK has recently dropped the A4- and A6-based allroads from its model range, but the car is still available in other markets, despite an increase in the number of actual crossovers in the market, including Audi’s own dealerships.
No matter who calls Audi’s A3 crossover, we can expect it to launch as a 2023 car in the second half of 2022 and will probably straighten its faulty crossover stuff on European roads later this year. But since the US only takes the A3 sedan and not the five-door Sportback hatch, it’s not a strong fit for the model on this side of the Atlantic.
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