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5 April 2016


 

 

Audi announced today the details of their upcoming A3 range product improvement, first seen during the RS3 leak earlier this year.  Going on sale late next month in Europe, the facelifted A3 will adopt a much more aggressive front fascia compared to the current car, thanks to a heavily revised front bumper and headlight design.  But as you’d expect, the A3 update is much more than a pretty face.
Audi A3 Sportback
Beginning with the new model, Audi will bring it’s innovative 12.3″ Virtual Cockpit display to the A3 for the first time.  Other MMI enhancements will make their way to the vehicle as well, including calendar appointment transferring via the Audi MMI connect app and a redesigned menu structure.
Audi A3 Sedan
Driver assistance features are also coming to the A3 family, namely traffic jam assist which works in conjunction with Audi’s adaptive cruise control and Stop&Go functionality to maintain a safe distance behind the car in front of you during heavy traffic situations under 40mph.  Cross-traffic alert, active lane assist and pre sense front will all be available as well.
Audi S3 Cabriolet
For the European market, the A3 will be available with six different engines, three petrol powered, and three diesels.  Highlights among the line include the new three-cylinder, 115hp 1.0 TFSI, and a brand new 2.0 TFSI delivering 190hp and an impressive 236 ft-lbs of tq which will be mated to a seven-speed s tronic gearbox.  There’s no word on which engines will make their way to the US, but the 2.0 TFSI is a safe bet.
Audi S3 Sedan
As for the S3, the new car will come with a slight power bump (10hp/15lb-ft of tq), and an S3-specific electronic stability control program.

Read the full press release below for additional information, and scroll to the bottom of the page for more images.

  • New engines: 1.0 TFSI and newly developed 2.0 TFSI
  • Infotainment and assistance systems from the full-size class 
  • First deliveries in summer

The successful model from Audi is now even more attractive: The Audi A3* approaches the starting line with new driver assistance systems and engines as well as newly designed headlights and taillights. Also new on board is the innovative operating and display concept, Audi virtual cockpit. The new A3 is available in a three-door version and as a Sportback, a sedan and a Cabriolet. The sporty Audi S3* version comes with numerous innovations and has even further enhanced its dynamic potential. The A3 series offers the most versatile line of drive systems in the compact segment with the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron* and the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron*.

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