Audi A3 TDI Sportback debuts in the United States

Article by Eugene Conan, on April 20, 2014

Audi cannot deny anymore what the fans want. That is why the luxury carmaker is bringing the Audi A3 TDI Sportback to the United States this summer. This would be the latest model joining the recently launched Audi A3 family as well as the TDI model lineup.

The Audi A3 TDI Sportback will have its US debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 16, 2015. It will be a premium-class compact hatchback that combines the utility of a crossover, the looks of a coupe, and impressive fuel efficiency. Thanks to its quality engineering and advanced features, customers can expect outstanding performance, functionality and driving dynamics.

Scott Keogh, President at Audi of America, remarked that the A3 TDI Sportback has an “incredibly passionate and loyal fan base,” noting that the latest version has been one of Audi’s most requested models since the new A3 family was announced. He added that the new A3 TDI Sportback will be a “stunning addition” to the A3 family.”

Audi is planning to introduce the all-new A3 family -- the Audi A3 Sedan, Audi A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel sedan, the performance-driven S3 Sedan and the A3 Sportback e-tron plugin hybrid (PHEV) – in the next 18 months. These new vehicles are touted by Audi as ones redefining the standards of the entry level premium market – by bringing in new technologies as well as detailed craftsmanship typical in larger flagship Audi sedans.

Thanks to 150hp 2.0 TDI clean diesel fitted within the Audi A3 TDI Sportback, drivers could expect outstanding fuel efficiency. The engine is mated to the standard 6-speed S tronic transmission, which offers reliable shifting flexibility and driving pleasure, with virtually no interruption to the power flow. The sportback option is now available in both the A3 e-tron PHEV and the A3 TDI – both arriving in the market next year.

The A3 e-tron is a good choice for eco-conscious drivers while the A3 TDI is for customer needing to travel long distance without worrying about the cost of fuel. The A3 will offer features like MMI technology, Audi drive select, 4G LTE connectivity and Bang & Olufsen audio. Customers would be delighted to discover that the new A3 family features the latest version of Audi connect, which includes picture navigation, Facebook and Twitter alerts, read-aloud news headlines, personalized RSS news feeds, and access to over 7,000 Web radio stations.

Audi has already sold over 37,500 TDI vehicles in the US since introducing the technology in the country in 2009. These diesel vehicles have been delivering an average of 30-percent better fuel economy and range than their gasoline counterparts, according to EPA fuel economy estimates.

Audi has already expanded TDI technology into five MY2014 models -- A6, A7, A8 L, Q5, and Q7. The technology has been proven to result to fewer trips to the fuel stations and boasts outstanding performance and lower carbon dioxide emissions compared to their gasoline counterparts in the US.

Press Release

Audi introduces all new Audi A3 TDI Sportback

Fans have spoken and Audi is responding with the all-new Audi A3 TDI Sportback set to arrive in the U.S. in the summer of 2015. The A3 TDI Sportback is the latest model to join the newly launched Audi A3 family and the expanded model lineup of Audi TDI models.

It will make its U.S. debut at the New York International Auto Show on April 16th. The A3 TDI Sportback is a premium, compact hatchback that pairs fuel efficiency and coupe-like looks with the utility of a crossover. Its quality engineering and advanced features offer ideal performance and functionality along with advanced technology and driving dynamics.

“The A3 TDI Sportback has an incredibly passionate and loyal fan base, this new version has been one of our most requested models since the announcement of the new A3 family,” said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. “This new A3 TDI Sportback combines excellent fuel economy with advanced technology and utility and will make a stunning addition to the already impressive A3 family.”

The A3 TDI Sportback will join the newly launched all-new A3 family, which will be introduced over the next 18 months – the Audi A3 Sedan, Audi A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel sedan, the high-performance S3 Sedan and the A3 Sportback e-tron® gasoline electric hybrid (PHEV). These vehicles are redefining the standards of the entry level premium market with new innovative technologies and the detailed craftsmanship found in larger flagship Audi sedans.

In addition to advanced technology, the Audi A3 TDI Sportback will offer the consumer the fuel efficiency of the iconic Audi TDI clean diesel powertrain. This will include a 150 horsepower 2.0 TDI® clean diesel mated to the standard 6-speed S tronic® transmission. This transmission provides the driver immense shifting flexibility and driving pleasure with smooth, dynamic acceleration and virtually no interruption to the power flow.

Audi has now answered with two sportback options, the A3 e-tron PHEV and the newly announced A3 TDI. When these two models reach the market next year Audi will have a compelling green narrative in the versatile sportback packaging. One choice for eco-conscious drivers facing a typical American commute, another for those with longer daily hauls who require the superb range TDI offers.

The A3 marks the first time that an A-segment vehicle will offer available features including MMI® technology, Audi drive select, 4G LTE connectivity and Bang & Olufsen® audio. The new A3 family will feature the most advanced version of Audi connect®, including picture navigation, read-aloud news headlines, Facebook® and Twitter® alerts, access to more than 7,000 Web radio stations, personalized RSS news feeds and more.

Audi has been at the forefront of clean diesel since the introduction of Audi TDI technology in the U.S. in 2009. Since then, more than 37,500 Audi TDI vehicles have been sold in the U.S., delivering an average of 30% better fuel economy and range than their gasoline counterparts (based on EPA fuel economy estimates). Continuing the brand’s commitment to clean diesel technology and innovative solutions that help improve efficiency and driving dynamics, Audi has made a dramatic expansion of TDI technology in the U.S., with five 2014 models available including the A6, A7, A8 L, Q5, and Q7.

Audi TDI technology provides drivers with fewer trips to the pump, excellent performance and lower CO2 emissions than comparable gasoline vehicles (based on EPA estimates). In 2014, Audi of America will introduce the all-new A3 TDI sedan in the U.S.

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