Spy Shots: Audi A3

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The next-generation of Audi A3 has been spotted testing in the Alps. 

Picture credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

What you see is the next-generation Audi A3, carefully camouflaged. Our spy photographers tell us that the A3 prototypes were in the Alps mountain range undergoing brake testing on the technical and twisty sections of road. Anyone who has driven extensively in a mountainous are knows how much the brakes get worked when you're trying to keep the car in control on a downhill. 

In terms of engines, we think the range will receive revised and enhanced versions of the current powertrains as well as the inevitable plug-in hybrid / e-tron. There should also be an S3 and an RS3, but the performance variants are at least 18 months away. When it comes to interiors, we think the new Audi A3 will adopt the latest cabins seen in the A1 and Q8. That means a new-look infotainment software, which we've experienced in the aforementioned cars.

We're still some way away from seeing a production-ready Audi A3, but we expect a reveal before the end of 2019. 

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