Audi might launch an A3-based crossover sometime in 2016 or 2017.
The Audi crossover is internally known as the “elevated space vehicle”, and it is aimed at being a tough competitor for BMW’s planned front-wheel-drive compact crossover. Audi engineers are currently developing a concept for a high-roof vehicle, which will be fitted with five or seven seats.
The German automaker has not decided yet if it will unveil the vehicle in September at the Frankfurt auto show. Insiders say that the new vehicle will be based on VW’s modular MQB architecture and will be manufactured at the automaker’s headquarters.
This week Audi celebrated the 3 millionth A3 manufactured, a white A3 Sportback 2.0 TDI Quattro. Audi has managed to sell 913,000 units of the first generation of the A3, between 1996 and 2003. The second generation brought the number closer to the 2 million mark and the third generation, which was launched in autumn 2012, which also added the sedan variant, brought the production number of the A3 to 3,000,000.
“With the Audi A3, we have created a new brand segment – we have been setting standards in the compact class with innovative technology and first-class quality for 17 years now”, said Frank Dreves, the Audi management member for production.