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Covers Off on the New Audi A3 Sedan

Covers Off on the New Audi A3 Sedan

The covers on the new Audi A3 sedan were officially removed this past week when Audi unveiled its new addition to its model line-up. The addition of the Audi A3 sedan signals Audi’s entrance to the compact sedan market segment, supposedly the world’s largest market segment.

The Audi A3 four-door sedan offers all the strengths of the A3 hatchback, of which the three-door version has already been launched in South Africa. The four-door A3 Sportback is set for market launch in South Africa this coming April.

The top model Audi S3 Sedan will also be available some months after the launch of the A3 sedan and will offer 221kW of power.

The A3 sedan has a 2.64 meter long wheelbase and overall length of 4.46 meters.

In comparison to the A3 three-door and the Sportback the A3 sedan, the dynamic line that lies above the side sill rises more sharply. The side surfaces are more intensively curved, and the wheel arches more flared. The A3 sedan sits 11mm wider than the A3 Sportback and 9mm lower in height compared to the Sportback.

At the rear the, the spoiler is integrated in the trunk lid, and the lights emphasize the car’s horizontal lines with their broad and low cuts.

In Europe the A3 sedan will be launched with a choice of three four-cylinder engines, these three engines being the 2.0 TDI, the 1.4 TFSI and the 1.8TFSI.

The 2.0TDi produces 110kW and 320NM and accelerates the A3 sedan from 0 to 100km/h in 8.7 seconds. This engine has a claimed fuel consumption of 4.1 litres/100km and CO2 emissions of 107g/100km.

The 1.4 TFSI engine with Cylinder on Demand (COD) technology produces 103kW and 250Nm and accelerates the A3 sedan from 0 to 100km/h in 8.4 seconds. The claimed fuel consumption for the A3 sedan equipped with this engine is 4.7 litres/100km and the CO2 emissions are 109g/km.

The 1.8 TFSI engine produces 132kW and 250Nm and accelerates the A3 sedan from 0 to 100km/h in 7.3 seconds. The claimed fuel consumption is 5.6 liters/100km and has  Co2 emissions of 129g/km.

These three engines will be mated either to a six-speed manual transmission of the S tronic transmission.

From a ride and handling perspective the, the front suspension is a Macpherson design with A-arms and aluminum pivot bearings whilst the rear suspension consists of a four-link setup. A choice of 16 to 18-inch wheels will be available, with 19-inch wheels available from Quattro GmbH.

The interior of the A3 sedan is similar to that of the A3 three-door and Sportback and as such we will not say too much about it, that is except to mention the interior space.

Thanks to the long wheelbase, rear passengers enjoy ample space and comfortable entry. The cargo capacity of the trunk measures 425 litres. This capacity can be increased by folding down the rear seats which come with a load-through hatch as an option. The trunk lid automatically swings upward after it is unlocked.

As mentioned earlier the S3 sedan will be launched a few months after the A3 sedan. The S3 sedan will be powered by 1 2.0TFSI engine producing 221kW and 380Nm. This engine will accelerate the S3 sedan from 0 to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds when paired to the S tronic transmission and when mated to the manual transmission will take 5.3 seconds.

The suspension setup on the S3 sedan will see it sitting 25mm lower giving it a more sport driving feel.

Visually the S3 sedan is distinguished from the rest of its siblings by the bumpers, the single frame grille, air intakes, exterior mirror housing, side sills and rear spoiler.

The four oval tailpipes of the exhaust system are embedded in the diffuser with chrome trim. In the interior, the S3 Sedan offers sport seats (optional S sport seats), instruments with gray dials and trim strips in black 3D look.

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