Audi A3 and S3 Sedan revealed

Audi S3 Saloon
Audi has officially revealed the Sedan version of its A3 model along with a bunch of images.

Essentially a booted variant of the 4.46 metre-long A3 Sportback, with 425 litres (15.01 cubic feet) of cargo capacity, the Sedan is designed to compete with the likes of Mercedes’ compact CLA-Class, sharing the same MQB platform as its siblings along with powerplants including a 90 kW (121 hp) 1.4-litre TFSI, a 132 kW (177 hp) 1.8-litre TFSI and a 110 kW (148 hp) 2.0-litre TDI for the diesel fans. All engines are mated to the standard 6-speed S tronic transmission.

Moving to the company’s flagship model, the quattro-equipped drivetrain from the S3 Sportback is utilized, meaning a revised version of the previous S3’s 2.0 TFSI four-cylinder unit with dual injection and a cylinder head with integrated exhaust manifold, which develops 221 kW (300 hp) and 380 Nm of torque. On the road the S3 hits 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds (manual 5.3s), while top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph). A combined fuel consumption of just 6.9 litres every 100 kilometres (S tronic 7l/100 km) is possible, with CO2 emissions working out at 159 or 162 grams per km.

Visually, the S3 sits 25 mm lower than its regular counterpart and is tastefully understated, with defining features including 7.5 x 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in 225/40 low rolling resistance tyres, an aluminium-look S-specific grille with double horizontal bars with matte Platinum Grey insert, integrated air inlets with aluminium-look double ribs in the front bumper and aluminium-look mirror casings, while the rear gets an integrated boot lid spoiler, LED tail-lights and four oval tailpipes shrouded by a Platinum Grey diffuser.

Moving inside, the cabin features S sill plates, matte brushed aluminium inlays, seats trimmed in either Pearl Nappa leather/cloth, perforated Alcantara/Pearl Nappa leather or Velvet leather/Fine Nappa leather.

Standard equipment comprises of drive select; a feature that allows the driver to tailor the steering system, S tronic, throttle valves and exhaust sound flaps to suit their tastes, Audi magnetic ride system, xenon plus headlights and automatic air conditioning, with extras such as red brake calipers, diamond quilted S sport seats with integrated head rests and all-LED headlights also available.

The Sedan is to its public debut in New York this week (March 29 – April 7) with deliveries beginning in the summer. Pricing in Germany will start at around €25,000 for the 1.4 TFSI model.

[Source: Audi]

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