The new Range Rover Sport isn’t the only recently unveiled car that we are excited about. German automaker Audi has taken the wraps off the much publicized and eagerly awaited 2014 Audi A3 Sedan. The latest sedan from the VW Group owned premium car maker will battle it out against the Mercedes CLA Class and will become the new entry level sedan in Audi’s model line up.
The new A3 hatchback based sedan has a styling that is distinctive of Audi sedans and looks like a slightly smaller version of the Audi A4. The designers at Audi have done a remarkable job of flawlessly sticking a boot to the A3 hatchback and the new car definitely looks like any Audi sedan should.
The A3 sedan’s wheelbase is 2.64m long and the car has an overall length of 4.46m. The car has a width of 1.8m. The A3 sedan has a kerb weight of 1250kg, which is subject to change a bit depending on the engine variant. The A3 sedan has 425 litres of boot space.
The A3 Sedan gets a 2.0 litres TDI engine that has a max power output of 150bhp and a peak torque figure of 320Nm. The motor enables the new car to accelerate to 100kmph in 8.7 second and have a fuel economy of approx 25kmpl.
The base petrol engine on offer is a 1.4 litres TFSI engine that has a max power output of 140bhp and 250Nm of peak torque. This variant of the car can accelerate to 100kmph in 8.4 seconds and return a fuel efficiency figure of approx 20kmpl.A more powerful 1.8 litres TFSI engine is also on offer. This engine produces 180bhp of max power and 250Nm of peak torque. This variant of the car can accelerate to 100kmph in 7.3 seconds and return a fuel efficiency of close to 18 kmpl. Transmission options will be a 6-speed manual or the 7-speed S-Tronic gearbox.
The new car comes kitted out with Audi’s MMI system, a 7-inch screen, Adaptive cruise control, Lane change assist and Pre-sense safety. Audi has also revealed the details of the S3 performance variant that will have a 300bhp 2.0 TFSI engine that will enable the car to accelerate from 0 to 100kmph in 4.9 seconds and will give the car a top whack of electronically governed 250kmph.
The starting price of the new A3 Sedan, with the 1.4 TFSI engine, is 25,000 Euros (approx INR 17.45 lakhs).
Dear Audi India, will you please hurry up in bringing the new car and its performance variant to India? Please. . .pretty please