The report is with enthusiast site Carscoop, although no sources are offered. Recent spy photos reveal however that the new model is not far away, and a Paris debut is a good bet.
Rendered here by Photoshop wizard Khalil B, the shape of the A3 Sportback will likely follow the path of its predecessor and stablemates.
Expect a longer and slightly less-tapered roofline, along with the squat glasshouse and near-flat belt line of the new three-door model.
As with the recently launched A1 Sportback, and the existing A3 Sportback, little else on the styling front is likely to change.
In three-door form, the new A3 will be offered with a range of small turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, including the familiar 1.4 TFSI, the range-topping 1.8 TFSI and the 2.0 litre TDI diesel.
Depending on specification, six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic transmissions will be available.
The three-door A3 range is scheduled to hit Australia in 2013, opening the local line-up. Expect the five-door Sportback model to follow.
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[top rendering by Khalil B, Virtuel Car]