Spy photographers have caught the Audi A3 sedan out logging miles at a test track in Spain. Though mildly disguised and missing its trademark four rings, the car is undeniably the new 4-door notchback take on the Audi A3. Most notable then in the photos is the overall shape of the car’s greenhouse.
Background on the A3 sedan is thus. We’ve heard the car is primarily the idea of the former Audi of America president Johan de Nysschen. It was, as the story goes, de Nysschen’s contention that the B5 Audi A4 left an open space in the Audi lineup when the B6 A4 grew and then the B8 A4 grew even more. The plan was to fill that gap and the Chinese market also jumped on board. All of a sudden the idea became a solid business plan and when the first A3 Concept sedan was shown at Geneva it was met with a surprising level of acceptance, even from hatch-oriented Europe.
Fast forward to today. The A3 Sportback is now debuted as of September’s Paris Motor Show and the A3 sedan is expected soon… perhaps in Detroit in January. It was about time the car turned up as a test mule, and while it didn’t go for the unofficial coming out practice of running a few laps at the Nurburgring on an industry test day, it has been nabbed via a seriously long lens and thus from a great distance at a remote test track in Spain.
Back to those photos (the full set published over at MotorAuthority), the main enlightening point of the photos is the slightly changed roofline. Audi sources had suggested the production A3 roofline would be a bit higher than the lower and more coupe-like roof of the concept car. Undoubtedly this aids numbers like rear seat headroom but it does so by slightly sacrificing that aggressive coupe-like roofline of the concept.
We’re curious of your take on the changed overall shape. Let us know in the comments below or in our associated discussion forum. Also make sure to check out the aforementioned piece at MotorAuthority for even more photos.