Audi's new A3 Sedan is scheduled to appear, at least in some form, in New York later this month. According to reports in the US however, its official premiere will occur at the Shanghai Auto Show in April.
Details are thin on the ground, but US enthusiast site Autoblog reports that company insiders have confirmed the new model's Chinese unveiling.
With the New York show opening almost a full month before the Shanghai event, it remains unclear how Audi will stage a premiere (other than domestic) at both shows.
It is likely however that Audi will use the New York event to tease the A3 Sedan's coming, while saving the proper unveiling for Shanghai.
For now, it is known that the new four-door variant in the A3 range will share most of its styling and components with the three- and five-door models, including engine options.
Expect engine options to include 1.4 and 1.8 litre TFSI units, along with a 2.0 litre TDI diesel. Audi's new aluminium-block 1.2 litre TFSI unit will likely follow, along with an efficiency-leading 1.6 litre TDI diesel.
In concept form, the A3 Sedan featured Audi's 2.5 litre five-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, sending power to all four wheels through Audi's quattro system and seven-speed S tronic transmission. This suggests we could also see a top-shelf S3 sedan join the range.
As for the regular A3 five-door hatch, an Australian debut is scheduled for May, priced from an A-Class rivalling $35,600. Get all the details here.