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2013 Audi A3 Sportback: More Pics and Videos

2013 Audi A3 Sportback: More Pics and Videos

Earlier in the year Audi released some information on the Audi A3 Sportback, and recently released even more information on the upcoming Audi A3 Sportback which is set to be on dealer floors from February 2013 in Europe.

The use of ultra lightweight technology from Audi reduces the weight of the new Audi A3 Sportback by as much as 90 kilograms compared with the previous version. Equipped with the 1.4 TFSI engine, the five-door model has a curb weight (without driver) of just 1,205 kilograms.

The body of the new Audi A3 Sportback is long and lean. While the length (4,310 millimeters), width (1,780 millimeters) and height (1,425 millimeters) of the new model are only slightly greater than on the previous model, the wheelbase is now significantly longer at 2,636 millimeters, an increase of 58 millimeters.

The distinctive, Stone Gray single-frame grille with the angled upper corners is the distinguishing element at the front of the vehicle.

Audi rings are highlighted three-dimensionally. The flat headlights give the new Audi A3 Sportback a determined gaze. Full LED headlights will be offered at a later time.

The interior of the new Audi A3 Sportback is elegant, airy and cleanly designed. It carries over the dynamics of the exterior. The instrument panel with its curving front is slim and low. Together with the center console oriented toward the driver, it appears to float slightly.

The interior finish is what we have come to expect from Audi, the large, round air nozzles in jet design, the elegant user interface panel for the climate control system and sculpturally styled trim set the tone – with their polish they bring the quality of the full-size class into the new Audi A3 Sportback. The seats and steering wheels are new developments, and the car’s user controls are clear and intuitive – as they are in every Audi. The compact five-door model offers a generous luggage capacity of between 380 and 1,220 liters.

Customized online services, which the brand offers under Audi connect, network drivers to the Internet and rapidly supply the driver with key information – in an easy-to-comprehend format. The connection to the Internet is established via Audi connect, an extension of the MMI navigation plus system. Passengers can surf and e-mail freely with up to eight mobile devices via the integrated WLAN hotspot.

The system delivers Internet services tailored for the driver to the car – from navigation with Google Earth images and Google Maps Street View to Audi online traffic information to services such as Facebook and Twitter. Audi connect offers drivers for the first time the ability to have e-mail read aloud and to dictate text messages (SMS).

The new Audi A3 Sportback is launching with two TDI and two TFSI engines, all of which are new developments. Their engine displacements range from 1.4 to 2.0 litres and their power from 77 kW to 135 kW.

At its launch, the 1.8 TFSI is being offered with a seven-speed S tronic; in combination with the vehicle dynamics system Audi drive select, it offers a free-wheeling function that reduces fuel consumption. The 1.4 TFSI and 2.0 TDI are paired with a manual six-speed transmission. Quattro permanent all-wheel drive will follow shortly.

The new Audi A3 Sportback will begin appearing in German dealerships in February 2013, with prices starting at €23,400. The 1.2 TFSI will be available somewhat later for a base price of €22,500. Customers can choose between the trim lines Attraction, Ambition and Ambiente. There is also large number of sporty and comfortable options, such as adaptive light of the panoramic glass roof.

We have not managed to get the South African vehicle specifications or pricing for the new Audi A3 Sportback, hopefully we will soon.

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