New Audi S3 caught winter testing in Sweden

Published: 07 December 2018

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The next-generation Audi A3 range is nearing introduction, and its 2019 launch will be quickly followed by the arrival of a higher-perfomance S3 derivative. Our latest batch of spy pictures capture the high-performance hatchback winter testing in Sweden in five-door form, and we get our first sight of the new car's interior.

Although we don't see too much of it, we do get clear sight of the new horizontal air vents and an overall package that looks similar to the new Audi A1's. Unsurprisingly, it gets an aggressive front bumper that differentiates it from the rest of the A3 range, quad exhausts and chunky-looking side skirts. 

The new 2019 Audi S3: papped in Sweden

First thing to say is that even though it's in camo, we'll predict that its styling isn't going to spook Audi fans. The A3 and S3 are commercially hugely important to the company, and there's no way that Audi is going to jeapordise its success. 

As you'll see, it looks like a gentle evolution, following the A1 and Q3, with the sharper, geometric front-end styling and and chiselled tail-lights. Inside, there'll be Audi's Virtual Cockpit as standard, with a choice of two infotainment screen sizes.

2019 Audi S3 caught testing in Sweden

The new A3 and S3 will be packed with new safety features and technology. Across the wider A3 range, you can expect a huge variery of engines that span diesel, petrol, PHEV and – later – BEV. It will share its MQB underpinnings and much of its hardware with the forthcoming Volkswagen Golf Mk8.

When can I buy the new Audi S3?

We hear the newcomer that the A3 will break cover early in 2019, before it goes on sale in the summer. The outgoing Audi S3 costs around £38,000 before options, and is currently something of a PCP champion, being considerably cheaper to finance monthly than nominally-cheaper hot hatches such as the Honda Civic Type R.

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2019 Audi S3 caught testing in Sweden

By Keith Adams

Devout classic Citroen enthusiast, walking car encyclopedia, and long-time contributor to CAR

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