The Germans have already launched the new Audi A3 Sedan, a rival for the Mercedes CLA, Acura ILX, Buick Verano and Lexus CT200h. The 2014 Audi A3 Sedan model will be produced in Germany, and as a first at a factory in China, coming with three engines and an appealing price.
After Mercedes-Benz captured the audience at the Geneva Motor Show 2013 with the live debut of the new CLA, Audi already prepared a rival. It’s about the new Audi A3 Sedan, scheduled to debut on the market later this year.
Audi A3 Sedan – Design & Engine & Price
Developed on the same MQB modular platform and architecture of the new A3, Audi A3 Sedan measures 4.46 meters long (175.6 in), 1.80 meters wide (70.8 in) and 1.42 meters in height (55.9 in). The wheelbase measures 2.64 meters (103.9 in) guaranteeing enough room for 5 passengers.
As anticipated, the overall design attempts to combine the classic of a three-volume model with the flowing lines of a coupe, managing to position itself as a potential aesthetic rival for Mercedes CLA.
The interior is rather classic and simple. A 7-inch high resolution screen dominates the dashboard center, which serves as a visual interface for the Audi MMI multimedia system equipped with a 64 GB memory, DVD, many auxiliary connectivity elements and voice recognition.
Audi A3 Sedan Engines – Europe / North America
For the European market, the new Audi A3 Sedan will be available with three engines. The first is a 1.4-liter TFSI with cylinder deactivation system. The unit offers 140 horsepower and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft), enough for a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.4 seconds and a top speed of 217 km/h (135 mph). The fuel consumption also remains low, reaching in an mixed cycle 4.7 liters/100 km (60.1 mpg Imp. / 50 mpg US).
The 1.8-liter TFSI engine will develop 180 horsepower and 320 Nm (184 lb-ft). With a fuel economy of 5.6 liters (50.4 mpg Imp. / 42 mpg US), the engine also can guarantee a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.3 seconds, with a top speed of 235 km/h (146 mph).
The most economical option in the Audi A3 Sedan range will be but undoubtedly the 2.0-liter TDI engine that produces 150 horsepower,320 Nm (236 lb-ft), and a mixed fuel efficiency of just 4.1 liters/100 km (68.9 mpg Imp. / 57.4 mpg US). Even so, the diesel offers good performance with a sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.7 seconds and a top speed of 220 km/h (137 mph).
Along with the three engines, Audi will offer as a choice either the six-speed manual transmission or the six-speed automatic S-Tronic dual clutch.
The expected engine range for North America was confirmed as follows: the 2.0-liter TDI, the 1.8-liter TFSI and the 2.0-liter TFSI.
In Germany and many European countries, Audi A3 Sedan will be available in dealerships later this summer, with a base price for the 1.4 TFSI around EUR 25,000. For the North American market the new model will be available shortly after the European debut with a base price around $30,000.
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