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Audi is Working on an Electric A3

Audi says it will launch an entry-level electric model in the coming years.

  • A new entry-level electric model is in the works.

  • Given Audi’s new naming convention, it is likely to receive a new name.

  • Sources say it could use the same MEB platform as the Q4 e-tron.

During a recent company event, the Chief of the Audi brand announced that a new entry-level electric model is on its way.

This means that Audi is working on an electric vehicle that could take the place of the current A3 in its lineup since it is expected to be smaller than the Q4 e-tron.

Very few details have been revealed as of now, so we don’t know if this future product will be a sedan, a hatchback, or even a small crossover.

While crossovers are very popular, it seems that the upcoming entry-level EV might not be one since the gasoline-powered Q3 is due for a complete makeover in the next two years, while the A3 is only slated for a mid-cycle refresh.

Of course, nothing would prevent Audi from selling both a combustion-powered and an electric Q3, like Porsche plans to do with the Macan.

According to sources close to the matter, the upcoming EV would be based on the existing MEB platform, which already underpins the Q4 e-tron and the Volkswagen ID.4, among others.

This is surprising since the VW Group had previously said it wanted all of its new electric vehicles to use the new SSP platform that will be introduced in 2026.

A reason for this could be that most of the development work for the future A3 EV is already done, or it could also be that the new platform is still too expensive to allow for a profitable small EV.

While we are calling this future Audi an A3 due to its positioning in the lineup, that is likely not the name it will wear once it reaches production.

Indeed, the German automaker is moving to a new naming convention that will see all of its electric models wearing an even number and all of its gasoline-powered models wearing an odd number.

This means that the EV in question could be called A2 or A4, but we will have to wait for confirmation, especially since we don’t yet know when Audi plans to launch its new entry-level electric car.

Source: Automobilwoche via L’Automobile Magazine

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