The all-new 2014 Audi A3 Cabriolet had its world premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and will be available for ordering in the United Kingdom in late October. Audi expanded the A3 Cabriolet's dimensions to achieve a sleeker profile and to allow for complete soft-top concealment when in open mode. The compact cabriolet is now longer from 4.24 to 4.42 meters with an expanded wheelbase of 2.60 meters, and is also wider from 1.77 to 1.79 meters.
The only dimension that shrank is the A3 Cabriolet's height, which is now lower by 15mm to 1.41 meters. Audi also expanded the cabriolet's luggage capacity by 60 liters (2.12 cubic ft), with an improved access to that storage space. The front of the Audi A3 Cabriolet features a single frame radiator grille flanked by flat headlamps that either use halogen or xenon bulbs depending on the version. It can also use the optional LED headlamp technology.
Thanks to its rear overhang, the A3 cabriolet now looks so proportional and elegant. Its windscreen frame is made from aluminum, with an aluminum-look trim strip running around the roof aperture. The flanks feature a firm tornado line and contoured surfaces.
The A3 Cabriolet also features a soft fabric roof stretched over a lightweight magnesium-steel kinematic mechanism. With just a press of a button, the top opens or closes electro-hydraulically in less than 18 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. In retracted state, the top is placed in a tray that barely impacts luggage capacity. The new A3 Cabriolet will reach its first customers in the UK in March 2014.