In tight, city cities, corresponding to Manhattan, London and Paris, prospects actually get pleasure from small, premium hatchbacks. The reasoning is that they nonetheless get the posh they need from a premium model but in addition a compact automobile that’s simple to park, simple to see out of and low cost to run. Nonetheless, it’s arduous to not respect some great benefits of an SUV, even within the metropolis, as their extra rugged nature permits them to have a extra commanding view of the street and be fearless with regards to excessive curbs and potholes. What should you may mix each, although? That’s form of what the parents in Ingolstadt intend to do with the Audi A3 “Cityhopper”.
In line with Auto Specific, Audi is engaged on a brand new A3 designed to be a mix of the 2 issues. That title is simply an inside code title, so there received’t really be a automobile referred to as the “Cityhopper”. Nonetheless, the title simply correct depict the thought of such a automobile.
As an alternative of the A3 Allroad, which is what we thought Audi was growing, this “Metropolis-Hopping” A3 shall be one thing a bit totally different. This upcoming Audi A3 as an alternative is designed to be a taller, barely extra rugged model of the A3 Sportback, to make life simpler navigating metropolis streets. The thought is that it’s nonetheless a compact hatchback that’s simple to park and maneuver however it additionally has a taller trip peak to enhance outward visibility. It should additionally get a longer-travel suspension to cut back the chance of scratching or scraping on curbs or steep driveways, whereas additionally making potholes a bit much less scary.
Don’t anticipate it to be a rugged, energetic way of life car, although. No matter this Audi A3 finally ends up being referred to as, it received’t have Quattro all-wheel drive. As an alternative, it’s going to simply be front-wheel drive, because it’s not meant for something greater than pavement and is just designed to make metropolis life simpler. Therefore the “Cityhopper” title.
The following-gen Audi A3 is ready to be revealed on the Frankfurt Motor Present in September. Nonetheless, this city-hopping A3 is claimed to go on sale in 2022.
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