When Audi unveiled the allroad Shooting Brake Concept at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it only took us a few short minutes to realize that what we were looking at was, in fact, a slightly futuristic and ruggedized version of the all-new A3. In Audi speak, applying the rugged treatment to a production vehicle is called allroad. Hence, we believed that the concept was simply a preview of an upcoming A3 allroad.
Since then, we’ve come to realize that it would make complete sense for Audi to build a ruggedized variant of its new and sweet (yet somewhat compromised) A3. After all, the Four Rings has been doing just that with the allroad versions of the A4 and A6, while seemingly having every intention on expanding the A3 lineup in any direction it can (perhaps with the exception of a two-door coupé). Plus, it has all the pieces in place for an A3 allroad: the car, quattro all-wheel drive, and experience with making more rugged versions of its “regular” models.
So we’re going to put it to a vote: should Audi build an A3 allroad — yay, or nay? Vote in the poll, then share your reasoning in the comments section below.
PS: another interesting question to ponder would be the amount of doors that the proposed A3 allroad would have: would it be the “standard” 3-door A3 or the 5-door Sportback A3 that would get the allroad treatment?