Audi has announced updates for its entire A3 line-up from the base version to the performance-oriented S3 (Sedan/Cabrio). The new A3 is available as a three-door version, a Sportback, a Sedan and as a Cabriolet. The sport version, Audi S3, comes with numerous innovations and has enhanced its dynamic potential even further. Along with the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron and A3 Sportback g-tron, the A3 series offers the most versatile line of drive systems in the compact segment.
Despite hardly any dimensional changes (4240 mm long) and a wheelbase of 2600 mm, the new Audi A3 appears even sportier and more expressive than before; its Singleframe grill is more sharply contoured and wider. The headlights are flatter with distinctive outside contours. The headlights of the Audi A3 form a striking new picture with their jagged bottom edges, with standard Xenon plus and optional LEDs or Matrix LED headlights (for the first time).
From the rear, the width has been accentuated thanks to horizontal lighting graphics of the lights and the separation edge above the newly styled diffusor. New for the A3 are the modular trim lines. They afford even greater freedom of choice and for the first time also influence the details of the exterior. In addition to the base models, there are two addition lines in the near future: Sport (S Line package) and Design (selection range).
The color range has been expanded. Twelve paint colors are available to choose from, including the five new colors Ara blue, cosmos blue, nano gray, tango red and Vegas yellow. For the S line exterior package, paintwork in Daytona gray, pearl effect has been reserved.
On board the 2016 Audi A3 is the innovative operating and display concept, the Audi virtual cockpit. The interior offers the top quality typical of Audi such as; newly designed three-spoke steering with options, an optional driver’s seat with massage function (depending on version), a slim and flat instrument panel, center console with lightweight appearance, a contrasting arc with wrap-around cockpit, a super slim 7-inch color touchscreen, newly designed MMI operating terminal, and four large and round air vents with a jet design. The different versions of the decorative trims on the instrument panel and doors provide an even more individualistic interior.
The control unit for the air conditioning lies on a panel with a black piano finish. An optional USB port below the instrument panel makes connecting and charging mobile devices even easier. In the dark, all knobs and switches of the cockpit are backlit white. Subdued colors like black or rock gray define the interior; alternatively, chestnut brown sets a stylish accent. On request, seat upholstery in different leather versions or in a leather/Alcantara variant are available. The A3 design selection offers additional color schemes with its own leather package and coordinated contrasting stitching.
The rear of the new Audi A3 can accommodate three people; the convenience entry is a standard feature. The luggage compartment has a base capacity of 365 liters, which can be increased to 1,100 liters.
The engine lineup for the Audi A3 comprises six engines: three gasoline and three diesel units. Their power output ranges from 110 hp to 190 hp. Audi combines all front-wheel drive engines with a six-speed manual transmission or, depending on the engine version, with a six-speed S tronic or seven-speed S tronic. The Audi S3’s 2.0 TFSI gets 10 hp more power of up to 310 hp, and in combination with the S tronic 20 Nm more torque at 400 Nm, in the wide range of 2,000 to 5,400 rpm.
Audi A3 Sportback e-tron and A3 Sportback g-tron
The plug-in hybrid version, the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, combines a 1.4 TFSI engine producing 150 hp of power and 250 Nm of torque with an electric motor generating 75 kW and 330 Nm. The system power of 204 hp enables a sporty driving performance.
With the A3 Sportback g-tron, Audi offers further drive alternatives: As an alternative to fossil natural gas, the compact five-door model can use e-gas as fuel, whose production has a practically neutral effect on the environment. Equipped with a 1.4 TFSI engine producing 110 hp, the A3 Sportback g-tron sets standards in efficiency and economy.