Audi reveals updated A3 range

Audi has given its popular A3 range an update, with refreshed styling, new engines and improved equipment across the line-up. The changes will see the three-door A3 and five-door A3 Sportback hatchbacks, four-door A3 Saloon, and two-door Cabriolet models tweaked, from the efficient ultra model to the sporty S3.

Two new petrol engines will be added to the range, with a 1.0 litre TFSI three-cylinder unit seen in an A3 for the first time. This will offer 115hp and, while fuel economy and emissions figures are yet to be announced, it is expected that it will bring CO2 figures under the 100 g/km threshold - a first for an A3 petrol.

Audi will also use the VW Group's 1.4 TFSI petrol unit with cylinder-on-demand technology, turning the four-cylinder into a two-pot unit when the powertrain in sot under load to improve efficiency.

New equipment sees Audi bring in its widely acclaimed Virtual Cockpit instrument display as an option on the A3 for the first time, while the company's MMI infotainment system is standard across the range.

Driver assistance systems feature prominently too with Traffic Jam Assist a first for the sector. This uses the car's adaptive cruise control and steering assist to allow semi-autonomous driving in heavy traffic at speeds of up to 40mph.

The A3 Sportback e-tron remains a part of the model line-up and gets the same upgrades, while still featuring a plug-in hybrid powertrain with excellent economy figures.

The new A3 will go on sale in early May, with deliveries starting in summer. Prices are yet to be confirmed for the UK market but are expected to be very close to those of the current range.

Audi A3 details

Chris Lilly

Author:Chris Lilly
Date Updated:6th Apr 2016

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