2013 Audi A3


The other major new hatchback to b unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show is the new Audi A3.

This sporty three-door car gets a fresh new design, but more  importantly it gets lots of new high-end features usually found in the A8. The third generation of the three-door model is the first to break cover in Switzerland, and will open for UK order in spring priced from approximately £19,000 ahead of first deliveries in September. It will be offered with three reworked engines at launch delivering efficiency gains averaging 12 per cent – 1.4 TFSI (122PS) and 1.8 TFSI (180PS) petrol and 2.0-litre TDI (143PS).

THe new A3 is in the same size as the old model, but it features a longer 2,601mm wheelbase in the interest of dynamic composure and interior packaging. It is also slightly wider at 1,777mm. That’s good for interior space and driving dynamics. After all, the A3 has always been a sporty hatchback.

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Details in Audi press release below:

Significant efficiency gains

The new Audi A3 will launch with three four-cylinder engines, all of which are essentially new developments. The 1.4-litre and 1.8-litre TFSI engines and the 2.0-litre TDI have outputs of 122PS, 180PS and 143PS respectively. Compared with the previous model, they offer fuel economy improvements averaging 12 per cent.

The 1.8-litre TFSI is linked as standard to a seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission; the 1.4-litre TFSI and 2.0-litre TDI are paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. All engines in this first phase drive the front wheels; quattro permanent all-wheel drive – and further engines, including a 1.4-litre TFSI with innovative cylinder on demand technology – will follow later in 2012.

The completely new A3 chassis has been designed with an optimum balance between comfort, composure and driver appeal in mind. It works with a finely-tuned power steering system with a highly efficient electromechanical drive and an Electronic Stability Program integrating an electronic limited slip differential which makes handling even more fluid and safe at performance limits.

The optional Audi drive select system lets the driver vary the operating characteristics of key components, namely the steering weighting, the throttle response and the transmission shift points (where S tronic is fitted). It can also be upgraded to incorporate control of the optional Audi magnetic ride system with its magnetorheological fluid-filled dampers.

At a glance

The new Audi A3

Design and body

– Sporty-progressive styling with coupe-like lines and long wheelbase,

length 4.24 metres

– Intelligent mixed multi-material construction utilising steel and aluminum

– Weight reduced by 80 kg, kerb weight of Audi A3 1.4 TFSI is just

1,175 kg (2,590.43 lb)

– Optional xenon plus headlights with LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights

Interior

– Spacious interior, load capacity of 365 litres

– Elegant design and exemplary ergonomics, standard and optional graphics in

the DIS display and decorative inlays with various materials

Drivetrain

– At launch, one TDI and two TFSI engines with 122PS to 180PS, all engines have state-of-the-art efficiency technologies

– Power transmission by manual gearbox or S tronic, front-wheel drive at launch,
quattro permanent all-wheel drive later for more powerful engines

– 1.6 TDI delivers 74.3mpg, equivalent to 99 g CO2/km

– Versions with alternative drive systems such as hybrid, natural gas and

Audi e-gas are currently in development

Chassis

– Alloy wheels, up to 18 inches in size

– Electronic Stability Program with electronic limited slip differential is standard

– Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system and adaptive shock absorbers are
optional

Features

– Extensive standard features as well as numerous optional enhancements

– Advanced MMI system with MMI touch, ultra-slim, electrically retractable

on-board monitor

– Optional highly advanced driver assistance systems, including Audi adaptive cruise control, further developed park assist and Audi pre sense basic

– Wide range of infotainment components, sound system from Bang & Olufsen, Mobile phone preparation High with Audi connect online services

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