It has been a while since we last saw the Audi A3 sedan, but now we know the production model will be heading to American soil by year’s end.
The German automaker confirmed that the A3 sedan will be available in the U.S. this year on its Facebook page. Chances are, we’ll see its American debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show and hitting dealerships shortly thereafter. Unfortunately we won’t be gifted with the same 2.5-liter turbocharged inline-five that was originally seen in the A3 Concept boasting 402-hp. Though the powerplants for the A3 sedan are not confirmed, chances are we’ll get the run-of-the-mill 2.0-liter TFSI engine and Audi‘s 2.0-liter TDI.
Audi also asked its fans if it should bring the A3 hatchback/sportback and convertible variants to the States, though that’s likely just a tease. Even if the response is overwhelming, the fact remains that buying one and being a fan are very different. With a brand as notoriously nervous to offer European options in North America as Audi is, there probably isn’t much hope.