2013 Audi A3 officially revealed

Following on from last month’s image leakage Audi has officially released details of its 2013 A3 hatchback.

The first model to use Volkswagen Group’s newly developed MQB (Modulare Querbaukasten – or Modular Transverse Matrix) platform, the new A3’s length and height is almost identical to its predecessor at 4,237 mm and 1,421 mm respectively, but it is slightly wider at 1,777 mm. The wheelbase is 23 mm longer at 2,601 mm, while thanks to the use of lighter chassis, exhaust system and interior components and aluminium for the bonnet and wings, the A3 enjoys a weight saving of up to 80 kg compared to the outgoing model; all contributing to a more responsive chassis and better fuel economy.

Three engine options will be available when the A3 goes on sale in September at a base price of € 21,600. Beginning with a 1.4-litre TFSI engine that produces 90 kW (121 hp) and 200 Nm (148 lb/ft) of torque, then a 1.8-litre TFSI that churns out 132 kW (177 hp) and 250 Nm (184 lb/ft) and comes with the seven-speed S tronic gearbox as standard, whereas the other two engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Diesel fans get the 2.0-litre TDI which develops 110 kW (148 hp) and 320 Nm (236 lb/ft).

Styling is very much in the Ingolstadt family mould, with the A3 resembling a rotund version of the A1, the single-frame radiator grille is a dominant feature along with the optional xenon plus headlight package which provide those distinctive LED daytime running lights and LED rear clusters. A nice option is the Audi drive select system which lets the driver vary characteristics such as steering weighting, throttle response and the transmission shift points (on S tronic-equipped cars). It can also be upgraded to control the brilliant optional magnetic ride suspension system.

[Source: Audi]

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