With the launch of the A3 Sedan this spring season, Audi will be stepping into the world’s largest market segment, the class of compact sedans. The lively four-door car presents every one of the strong points belonging to the A3 model series – with low bodyweight as a result of lightweight design, powerful and highly efficient engines and various high-end solutions for infotainment together with driver assistance systems. The highest version of the series will be the S3 Sedan with 221 kW (300 hp).
The Audi A3 Sedan features a sporty stance on the road, and it’s also precise and highly expressive in almost every detail. Its design can be described as cross between the classic three-box concept and the coupé doctrine. The “tornado line” design aspect forms a definite light-refracting edge which extends across the entire side. The overhangs are brief. The four-door car possesses a 2.64 meter (8.66 ft) long wheelbase as well as an all round length of 4.46 meters (14.63 ft).
On top of the side sills, the dynamic line rises more dramatically compared to the other two A3 models. The side surfaces are definitely more intensively bent, and the wheel arches are a bit more flared. Having a width of 1.80 meters (5.91 ft), the A3 Sedan is 11 mm (0.43 in) wider compared to the A3 Sportback; its height (1.42 meters [4.66 ft]) continues to be 9 mm (0.35 in) lower than that of the Sportback.
The four-door car also conveys independent lines in the contour of its hood, in the bumpers, air intakes and its implementation of the singleframe grille. At the rear, the spoiler is incorporated in the trunk lid, and the lights highlight the car’s horizontal lines making use of their broad and low cuts. LED technology is offered as being an option. Audi will also be offering full-LED headlights right at market launch – their innovative technology and unique appearance emphasize the outstanding positioning of the A3 Sedan.
Having a 1.4 TFSI engine, the sedan carries a curb weight of merely 1,250 kg (2,755.78 lb). Audi takes advantage of numerous hot-shaped steel components within the passenger compartment for low weight and maximum strength, while the engine hood is constructed of light weight aluminum. The entire body is extremely rigid, crash-safe and quiet.
The strict stipulate of lightweight design carries over into the interior and the engines likewise. The four-cylinder engine weighs just over 100 kg (220.46 lb).
When the Audi A3 Sedan releases in Germany and Europe, the engine line-up will comprise of three four-cylinder engines. Entirely remodeled, the engines bring together efficiency technologies from Audi – direct fuel injection, turbocharging, innovative thermal management and also the start-stop-system. The line-up of engines and transmissions will grow further, and will include two fresh basic engines.
The 2.0 TDI produces 110 kW (150 hp) and produces 320 Nm (236.02 lb-ft) of torque. It boosts the A3 Sedan from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 8.7 seconds and takes it to a top speed of 220 km/h (136.70 mph). Its combined fuel consumption is 4.1 liters per 100 km (57.37 US mpg) – for a CO2 equivalent of 108 grams per km (172.20 g/mile).
Essential performance parameters of the 1.4 TFSI are 103 kW (140 hp) and 250 Nm (184.39 lb-ft). At minimal engine load, the COD (cylinder on demand) system deactivates two cylinders. The 1.4-liter engine provides the car a combined fuel ingestion of just 4.7 liters fuel per 100 km (50.05 US mpg); its CO2 emissions are 109 grams per km (175.42 g/mile). It requires merely 8.4 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph), and the car’s top speed with this engine is 213 km/h (132.35 mph).
The 1.8 TFSI produces 132 kW (180 hp) and 250 Nm (184.39 lb-ft) of torque. It makes use of a substantial package of high-end technologies, which includes dual injection straight into the combustion chambers and also the induction manifold. It makes it possible for sporty performance, taking 7.3 seconds for the traditional sprint to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) and accomplishing a top speed of 235 km/h (146.02 mph). Its combined fuel usage is 5.6 liters per 100 km (42.00 US mpg), equivalent to 129 grams CO2 per km (207.61 g/mile).
Based upon the engine, either a manual six-speed transmission or the S tronic is used. The dual-clutch transmission shifts the gears with virtually no evident break in propulsive power. It can be controlled by either the selector lever or paddles within the steering wheel.
The D shifting map is spelled out for optimum fuel efficiency, whilst the rev levels are relatively substantial in the sporty S mode. In synergy together with the Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system, the S tronic is designed with a free-wheeling functionality in its efficiency mode which furthermore minimizes fuel consumption.
The pole position which the Audi A3 Sedan has enjoyed in its segment is essentially because of its chassis technological innovation. Offering the foundation here is a carefully nicely balanced axle load distribution (60 percent front and 40 percent rear, varies somewhat for different engines). All engines are set at an angle of twelve degrees towards the rear, while the front wheel suspensions are positioned far forward.
The front side suspension is a MacPherson design with A-arms and aluminum pivot bearings. It is joined to an aluminum subframe. The electromechanically assisted steering system operates sensitively and efficiently in conjunction with numerous assistance systems. In the four-link rear suspension, which utilizes a steel crossmember, the springs and shock absorbers are mounted separately. The sport suspensions for the Ambition line and S line lower the body by as much as 25 mm (0.98 in).
The Audi A3 Sedan has 16- to 18-inch-wheels; quattro GmbH could also deliver wheels up to 19 inches in diameter. The front brake discs are internally ventilated.
Electronic stabilization control or ESC comes with an electronic differential lock. While speedy cruising through bends, it brakes the interior front wheel very slightly to attenuate understeering and improve traction.
The interior of the Audi A3 Sedan is characterized by extraordinary attention to detail. The lines and surfaces are cleanly fashioned, and a long arc spans the width of the windshield. The instrument panel which consists of curved front is sleek, and also the center console is to some degree turned towards the driver. The optional color display of the driver information system (DIS) shows images in remarkably in depth 3D graphics.
Beginning with the MMI Radio system, the MMI operating system comes with an electrically extending screen. Its terminal is located within the console of the center tunnel. The electromechanical parking brake is initialized with a pushbutton. The steering wheel has either 3 or 4 spokes, dependant upon the version. The buyer might also order the steering wheel which has a flat bottom, multifunction keys and shift paddles. Audi can also install sport seats at the front as a possible choice. They are standard in the Ambition line, where S sport seats with incorporated head restraints are offered as an option.
The interior colors – black, titan gray, pashmina beige and chestnut brown – are matched to the suitable equipment line. The two-tone Audi design selection lasso brown brings about an extraordinary color world. The S line sport package, that may be ordered for the A3 Sedan Ambition, immerses the interior area wholly in black. Available upholstery materials consist of fabric covers, combining fabric and synthetic leather, Milano leather and a blend of Pearl nappa leather and Alcantara.
As a result of long wheelbase, rear passengers also relish plenty of room and comfortable entry. The luggage capacity of the boot measures 425 liters (15.01 cubic feet). This capacity could be increased by collapsable rear seatbacks which include a load-through hatch as a possible option. The boot lid automatically swings upwards immediately after it is unlocked.
Infotainment and Audi connect
Similar to its siblings in the model series, the A3 Sedan take advantage of the new modular infotainment system (MIB). The top system is MMI Navigation plus with an SSD hard drive offering 64 GB of storage space, a DVD drive in addition to whole-word voice control. A high-resolution 7-inch-screen displays the map image in detailed 3D graphics. The MMI Navigation plus system connects to cell phones and portable players via Bluetooth. The user terminal features a turn/push control designed as a “touchwheel” with MMI touch – the touchwheel’s top surface is a touch-sensitive pad for the purpose of keying in letters, symbols and numbers.
Other infotainment components come with a module for digital radio reception (DAB+), the Audi phone box for effortlessly coupling a cell phone to the car antenna along with the Bang & Olufsen sound system. Its 705 watt amplifier drives Fourteen loudspeakers in 5.1 surround sound, and LED light guides illuminate the woofer grilles in the front doors.
Audi connect covers all technologies that network the driver with the car, the world wide web, infrastructure and also other vehicles. Audi has made the system substantially more desirable – whenever feasible the connection to the Internet operates through the super-fast LTE standard. The LTE telephone module takes the place of the earlier UMTS module here, which makes it possible for a download speed as high as 100 MBit/s in the car.
Audi connect enables passengers comfortably browse and e-mail by using an built-in WLAN hotspot. For the driver, it delivers custom-made Internet services from Audi straight into the car. They range from navigation utilizing images from Google Earth and Google Street View to Audi traffic information online in addition to the smartphone app Audi music stream. News and information providers complete the line-up. The web based social services Facebook and Twitter are integrated in a very vehicle-friendly approach; accompanied by a text-to-speech functionality, a practical text function is supplied with prepared text units.
A fresh Audi connect service which is doing its first appearance with the A3 Sedan is parking space information. It shows information about parking spaces, parking garages and underground garages in close proximity to a desired destination decided on by the driver. Whenever feasible, the service shows how many available spaces and parking charges. The street address of the parking space can be used as a navigation destination.
The new Audi A3 Sedan is launching having lucrative collection of standard features. The package of restraint systems incorporates a knee airbag for the driver. The DIS with color display in the Ambition and Ambiente lines includes an efficiency program, gearshift indicator and rest recommendation feature.
Additionally, the Ambition line features a sport suspension, 17-inch-alloy wheels, sport seats and also the Audi drive select system. The Ambiente line adds a cruise control system, interior LED lighting package and rear parking assistant. Along with these standard features, Audi has the benefit of various other individual comfort and convenience solutions – including a panoramic glass sunroof, convenience key, auxiliary heating and xenon-based adaptive lights. In conjunction with MMI Navigation plus, the lighting system takes advantage of direction data to optimally illuminate the roadway according to the driving scenario.
Optionally available driver assistance systems also come from the premium class. The adaptive cruise control (ACC) retains a preferred distance between the A3 Sedan and the vehicle in front of it up to a speed of 150 km/h (93.21 mph); with the assistance package, which combines a number of systems, the control range is extended up to 200 km/h (124.27 mph). When combined with S tronic, ACC even offers a stop&go function for low speeds.
The rear radar sensor Audi side assist monitors lane changes, while Audi active lane assist helps the driver to maintain within the lane by making slight corrections to the electromechanical steering as necessary. The video camera of Audi active lane assist is also used for traffic sign recognition. A high-end solution for convenient parking is park assist with display of the surroundings – it relieves the driver of steering work in parallel and perpendicular parking maneuvers.
Another high-end option is the safety system Audi pre sense basic. Pre sense front is integrated in the adaptive cruise control system. In case of an imminent rear-end collision, the system warns the driver using a staged reaction strategy; if necessary, it can even initiate hard braking. In an emergency situation at speeds under 30 km/h (18.64 mph), Audi pre sense front can brake the A3 Sedan with nearly full braking power. If a crash occurs, the brake assist system avoids secondary collisions by ensuring that the car does not travel further in an uncontrolled manner.
With the A3 Sedan, Audi is entering the world’s strongest market segment, the class of compact sedans.
In Germany and many European countries, the four-door car will be available at dealers late this summer. The base price for the 1.4 TFSI is around 25,000 euros.
Audi S3 Sedan
Just a few months after the launch of the new sedan model series, Audi will introduce the top model – the S3 Sedan. The 2.0 TFSI produces 221 kW (300 hp) and 380 Nm (280.27 lb ft) of torque. Its high-performance four-cylinder engine combines highly advanced efficiency technologies – dual fuel injection, exhaust manifold integrated in the cylinder head, the Audi valvelift system and a rotary valve module for thermal management.
This version of the Audi S3 Sedan, paired with the S tronic, accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 4.9 seconds; with the manual transmission it takes 5.3 seconds. The car’s top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155.34 mph). The four-cylinder turbo has a combined fuel consumption of just 6.9 liters per 100 km (34.09 US mpg) or 7.0 liters (33.60 US mpg) (with S tronic or manual transmission), respectively – for a CO2 equivalent of 159 or 162 grams per km (255.89 or 260.71 g/mile). A fast-operating multi-plate clutch in the quattro drivetrain distributes forces to the front and rear axles (provisional data).
The suspension lowers the body 25 mm (0.98 in). Large brakes are at work behind the standard 18-inch-wheels; the front discs are 340 mm (13.39 in) in diameter. The electrically assisted progressive steering varies the steering gear ratio – it is somewhat more indirect in the middle position, but very direct when large turns of the steering wheel are made. The Audi drive select vehicle dynamics system is standard, and the Audi magnetic ride damper control system is available as an option.
Visually, the top model is distinguished by modifications to the bumpers, the singleframe grille, air intakes, exterior mirror housings, 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.