Images of the Audi A3 can be viewed at a Russian Web site before the model’s scheduled unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Eastern Europe seems to be on a roll as a Polish Facebook page has recently leaked images of the Volvo V40. And in Latvia, Dartz’s Prombron Black Dragon was announced.
Images of the Audi A3 indicate that this model is a typical A3 but still very nouveau. It comes with a more trapezoidal grille from the latest bigger example of the line and its taillights are similar to those found on the A6. The Russian Web site said that this FWD three-door is offered with either a 1.6-liter diesel or any of the turbocharged direct-injection gasoline engines that make either 122 hp or 180 hp.
Customers could also choose from transmission types that include a dual-clutch, seven-speed S-Tronic or a six-speed manual. Audi is expected to soon release a four-door sedan and five-door hatch.
The Web site also claims that Audi will offer a Quattro system for the A3. There will also be a hybrid model and one that uses up compressed natural gas. Of course, it can’t be expected that every variant of the premium C-segment machine will be offered in the U.S.
Back in 1996, Audi released the A3 which would signal the start of the premium compact class. The new model that the brand is coming out with is the third generation of this range. For the new A3, the brand made sure that in addition to be being a high-tech model, it would also show a number of advances in all aspects. A hybrid version and even one that utilizes alternative drive systems like natural gas will be offered. Currently in development however is an e-gas version. While the A3 will officially be
unveiled during the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, the brand will also be launching in that same year the highly-efficient TDI 1.6-liter engine. Fuel efficiency of this engine is 61.90 mpg (3.8 liters of diesel gas per 1/100 km). CO2 emission meanwhile is at 159.33 g/mile (99 g/km).
The new A3, the one with the TFSI 1.4-liter engine, weighs around 2,590 lb. (1,175 kg). This is lighter when compared to the models of its rivals and was made possible by the consistent use of the brand’s ultra- lightweight construction philosophy. On the front section for example, both the engine hood and the fender are composed of aluminum. In addition, the model’s body incorporates both hot-formed and ultra-high strength steel. The use of this same technology is also the reason why when compared to the previous version, the new A3 is lighter by 176 lb. (80 kg).
It is not just the weight as the chassis has been modified to fit an agile and athletic driving style. Other features of the new A3 aside from the efficient engine is the inside which gives a dynamic feel. Infotainment systems and driver assistance systems are top-of-the-line and manage to set new standards for this class. Design is not that different as the style of the A3 reveals its athletic quality. Since this three-door vehicle has a length of 13.91 feet (4.24 m), it gives it that more powerful road stance. Even if the length of the new A3 is the same as that of the previous version, the wheelbase is now 8.53 feet (2.60 m).
While the sharp edges form the curved sheet-metal surfaces, the way the C-pillars have been angled give it a low coupe appearance. As expected from an Audi model, the front section is dominated by the single-frame radiator grille. Audi will be offering as an option the headlights fitted with xenon plus technology. While the daytime running lights have LED, this option allows it to put in the xenon plus technology as well. Should customers avail of this offer, it will have the taillights use LED as well. In the future, the brand revealed that the headlights will fully use LED, the first to do so under the compact car segment.