Regulars here would remember that we recently reported that there are good chances of the Audi A3 sedan bowing in at the upcoming Shanghai Motor Show. Now, the spy pics of A3’s monocoque have surfaced on a Chinese website.
It is being said that the A3 sedan will be produced and launched in China by the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture.
Underpinning the Audi A3 sedan is the much hyped MQB platform and the new A3 sedan is being expected to come with a lot of design cues that have been seen on the A3 sedan concept.
In a very surprising move, Audi India has come to a decision of refraining from launching the A3 sedan in the rapidly developing Indian car market. Audi India is of the opinion that introducing an entry level car, like the A3 sedan, into our market might “dilute” the car brand’s image in the country.
This comes as quite a surprise, especially when arch rival Mercedes India is readying itself to launch the entry level CLA sedan in our country by the end of 2013. We won’t be too surprised if Audi India re-thinks and decides to launch the Audi A3 sedan in our car market soon after the launch of the CLA.
The A3 sedan is a shoe size smaller than the A4 and measures 4.4 metres in length. The A3 sedan will rival successful cars like the Toyota Camry, Skoda Superb and Volkswagen Passat.
The car will come in as many as 7 engine variants-
1.4 TFSI, 125 hp
1.8 TFSI, 160 hp
2.0 TFSI, 200 hp
1.6 TDI, 90 hp
1.6 TDI, 105 hp
2.0 TDI, 140 hp
2.0 TDI, 170 hp