Three-door Audi A3 facelift spied hiding subtle changes

The facelifted three-door Audi A3 has been spotted for the first time performing winter testing.

After seeing the A3 Sedan and A3 Cabrio undergoing cold weather testing, now the time has come to take a look at the three-door model. Unsurprisingly, it carries just about the same amount of front and rear camouflage. The disguise on the front fascia hides what will likely end up being an A4-inspired look, so expect a revised grille and some changes to the headlights and bumper.

Just like the sedan and open-top model, the side profile of the three-door (and five-door Sportback) will be carried over without any changes. Despite the disguise at the back, it’s easy to notice the slightly updated LED taillight graphics and there’s also going to be a mildly modified bumper, but nothing to write home about.

As far as the interior is concerned, the biggest change will be the addition of the Audi Virtual Cockpit as seen in the A4 and more expensive models. The digital 12.3-inch configurable instrument cluster will be available as optional equipment and will cost around $435 (€400), according to Audi’s electronics chief, Ricky Huidi.

Details regarding engine changes are scarce at this point, but we’ve been hearing rumors about a new turbocharged 1.8-liter with around 190 horsepower. The motor is said to receive Cylinder-on-Demand (CoD) technology which means two of the cylinders will be deactivated under light loads.

The facelifted Audi A3 lineup could debut as early as March at the Geneva Motor Show. It will be followed in the months to come by its MQB brothers: VW Golf, SEAT Leon, and Skoda Octavia (likely in this order.)