Audi revealed today the all-new A3 Sportback, the latest version of its compact five-door model that will offer spacious luggage compartment and the same ultra lightweight construction technology. Just like the coupe versions, the infotainment and driver assistance systems set new standards in the premium compact segment. Regarding the dimensions, the new Audi A3 Sportback has a length of 4,310 millimeters, a width of 1,780 millimeters and a height of 1,425 millimeters. The wheelbase now measures 2,636 millimeters (8.65 ft), an increase of 58 millimeters (2.28 in). The design is not new as the car features the same front end as the coupe, but the rear is new and offers split rear lights that underscore its width. The adaptive brake light, which pulses at high frequency during hard braking, is standard. According to the official press release, the A3 Sportback will be available in a choice of 13 colors – three solid finishes, eight metallic finishes and two pearl-effect finishes. The interior features lines and surfaces that are sinuously taut. The instrument panel with its curved front is lean and low. The MMI operating system features a retractable monitor and it is available with the MMI radio and above. The colors in the interior are matched to the trim line. In the A3 Sportback Attraction, the interior is black or titanium gray; the interior of the sporty Ambition line is either all black or black with additional silver, blue or yellow contrasting elements. The two-color Audi design selection capri orange, an exclusive suggestion of the Audi designers, provides access to the world of youthful colors.
The colors pashmina beige and chestnut brown are available with the luxurious Ambiente trim line. Regarding the engines, the A3 Sportback comes with a choice of one TDI and two TFSI engines. The A3 Sportback will receive two diesel engines and one gasoline unit will follow somewhat later. The current lineup will offer a 1.6 TDI engine, capable to offer an average fuel consumption of just 3.8 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (61.90 US mpg) when paired with the manual transmission. The performances are not quite impressive, as this model is able to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 10.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 194 km/h (120.55 mph). For those who want more, the A3 Sportback is available with a 2.0-liter TDI engine delivering 110 kW (150 hp) and 320 Nm (236.02 lb-ft) of torque. With these numbers, the car accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.4 seconds and has a top speed of 213 km/h (132.55 mph). Average fuel consumption is just 4.6 liters per 100 km (51.13 mph).
The same 2.0-liter TDI engine is available in a more powerfull version that offers 135 kW (184 hp) and 380 Nm (280.27 lb-ft) of torque. Paired with a manual transmission and with front-wheel drive, the A3 Sportback accelerates from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.4 seconds, has a top speed of 232 km/h (144.16 mph), an average fuel consumption of 4.3 liters per 100 km (54.70 US mpg) and delivers only 111 grams CO2 per km (178.64 g/mile). As we said, the car will be available with new engines, but later. A 1.2 TFSI engine is expected, delivering 77 kW (105 hp) and 175 Nm (129.07 lb-ft) of torque. Using the S tronic transmission, the car will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 10.7 seconds and will reach a top speed of 193 km/h (119.92 mph). Average fuel consumption will be just 4.9 liters per 100 km (48.00 US mpg). A 1.4 TFSI will also be available, delivering 90 kW (122 hp) and 200 Nm (147.51 lb-ft) of torque, accelerating the A3 Sportback from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 9.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 203 km/h (149.73 mph). Audi will also offer a more powerful version of this engine, with 103 kW (140 hp) and 250 Nm (184.39 lb-ft) of torque. A new 1.8 TFSI engine will be the most powerful engine in the lineup, delivering 132 kW (180 hp) and 250 Nm (184.39 lb-ft) of torque. Using the S tronic transmission, this model will sprint from from zero to 100 km/h (62.14 mph) in 7.3 seconds, will have a top speed of 232 km/h (144.16 mph) and average fuel consumption of 5.6 liters per 100 km (42.00 US mpg) corresponding to 130 grams CO2 per km (209.21 g/mile). Pricing for the 2013 Audi Sportback will start at €22,500 and the