The Audi A3 is now even more sharply styled and features new engines and the latest driver assistance and infotainment systems. The first 3-door, 5-door Sportback, Saloon and Cabriolet versions are available to order now with the A3 Sportback e-tron following later in the year.
A broader Singleframe grille with sharper lines and flatter headlights with distinctive contours give the new A3 a purposeful look. The rear features horizontal illuminated graphics of the rear lights and the separation edge above the redesigned diffuser to enhance the width of the new A3. The headlights of the Audi A3 provide a distinctive new look with their jagged bottom edges. Xenon plus units with LED daytime running lights are standard, with the exception of S line and S3 models which now automatically come equipped with LED headlights and LED rear lights incorporating sweeping dynamic rear indicators. For the first time, matrix LED headlights are offered as an option.
The colour palette has also been expanded. Twelve paint colours are available to choose from depending on specification, including the five new colours Ara blue, Cosmic blue, Nano grey, Tango red and Vegas yellow.
Optional Audi virtual cockpit is a definite highlight of the new Audi A3 range, displaying the most important driving-relevant information in high resolution on a 12.3 inch diagonal TFT screen for the first time in the compact class. It allows the driver to switch between two views, with the instrument clusters appearing as large as the usual analogue displays or alternatively with a dominating central window that give more space to the navigation map or shows lists for the telephone, radio and audio.
The new menu structure in the MMI system is based on smartphones and controlled by a round rotary/push-button control in the centre of the MMI terminal. An optional touch sensitive touch-pad allows you to enter characters or gesture using your fingers. MMI radio plus with an electrically extendede 7-inch diagonal monitor is featured as standard while MMI navigation (standard on SE Technik and above) and MMI navigation plus with MMI touch bring many online functions into the car.
Mobile phones with iOS and Android operating systems can now be connected with the car via the standard Audi smartphone interface and the optional Audi phone box in the centre artmrest uses near-field coupling to link smartphones wirelessly to the A3's antenna and enables inductive charging. For the first time in the Audi A3 range, two mobile phones can now be simultaneously connected via the Bluetooth hands-free profile when Audi Phone Box is specified, enabling the driver to connect his/her work and personal phone without having to switch between connections.
Three petrol and three diesel engines are now available for the Audi A3 with power outputs ranging from 110PS to 190PS. All fulfil the EU6 standard.
The new entry level 1.0 TFSI creates the first ever three-cylinder A3 variant and offers 115PS and 200Nm of torque at 2,000 to 3,500rpm. Although this engine is efficient, it doesn't sacrifice anything in terms of driving pleasure. The entry level diesel engine comes in the form of the 1.6TDI with 110PS and is available in combination with the six-speed manual transmission or the S tronic seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
The 1.4 TFSI COD features cylinder-on-demand efficiency technology that can switch off two cylinders when the corresponding output is not required. and offers 150PS and 250Nm of torque. The popular 2.0 TDI engine will be available with 150PS and 340 Nm (250.8 lb-ft) at 1,750 to 3,000rpm – and slightly later with 184PS and 380 Nm (280.3 lb-ft) at 1,750 to 3,000rpm.A technical highlight is the completely new 2.0 TFSI with its innovative combustion process. From a displacement of 1,984 ccm it generates 190PS, delivering 320 Nm (236.0 lb-ft) of torque at 1,500 to 4,200rpm.
The new Audi A3 transmits the engine power to the front wheels by default. For the petrol-engine versions, quattro all-wheel drive is available for the 2.0 TFSI with 190PS.
With 10PS more power and, in conjunction with S tronic, 20Nm higher torque the Audi S3 has also been improved. It now features an integrated S3-specific control for the Electronic Stabilization Control (ESC) and the multi-plate clutch for improved driving dynamics, driving pleasure and safety. The 2.0 TFSI now generates 310PS and with S tronic delivers 400 Nm. The S3 Sportback, S3 Saloon and S3 Cabriolet also profit from the extensive new features.