Audi revealed the brand new A3 sedan a number of months in the past, adopted by the brand new A3 Sportback. Now it is also been revealed that the U.S. market is only getting the sedan, and it is not due till late 2021 as a 2022MY providing. When it arrives, it will deliver only one powertrain that splits the 2 presently offered. Right now, Audi provides U.S. consumers the selection of the A3 Sport 40 TFSI, a front-driver powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder with 184 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, and the A3 S line 45 TFSI, the Quattro goer with the identical engine making 228 hp and 258 lb-ft. When the 2022 A3 sedan seems subsequent yr, an A3 40 TSFI with a 2.0-liter turbo 4 helped by a 48-volt mild-hybrid system will be Hobson’s Choice, output totaling 201 horsepower. The hybrid assistance is tuned for final effectivity, in a position to shut down the engine sooner and preserve it shut down longer. Audi’s figures say driving roughly 62 miles saves a tenth of a gallon. Playing the lengthy recreation, see.
The S tronic seven-speed dual-clutch automated will carry over, the solitary mannequin providing each front-wheel drive and Quattro all-wheel drive. Car and Driver writes that pricing will are available in “beneath $35,000;” the 2020 A3 40 TSFI begins at $33,300 earlier than vacation spot.
In Europe and different markets, engine decisions prolong to 1.0-liter three-cylinder and 1.5-liter four-cylinder fuel engines, and a 2.0-liter diesel, at the very least one among them offering the choice of a guide transmission. Also excluded from our shores, the A3 Sportback in any guise, inflicting us to overlook out on the up to date plug-in hybrid model, the A3 S line — we get common A3 and RS 3 only — and since the A3 hatchback is lifeless to us, so too is the A3 convertible.
Our A3 sedan will ultimately be joined by a brand new S3 that will increase the puissance of its 2.0-liter turbo 4 from 288 hp to past 300 horses. The RS Three bows after that, with all expectation that its 2.5-liter turbo five-cylinder will crest the 400-hp mark. That output would preserve it forward of the present 375-hp AMG CLA 45 on sale within the U.S., and put it within the ring with the rumored 400-hp BMW M2 Gran Coupe.
Otherwise, we have seen the A3 preview that augurs a sedan grown by 1.7 inches in size, an inch in width, and 0.6 of an inch in top. Its angles have been put to the whetstone exterior and in, and refined commonplace and non-compulsory tech will embrace handwriting recognition, a head up show, surround-view digicam, and higher adaptive cruise management.