On the exterior, the car is only slightly larger than its predecessor, measuring just 1.6 inches longer and less than an inch wider and taller, but its overall aesthetic has been redesigned to look more aggressive, inspired by the coupe models. Aside from sleeker taper, the new A3 also comes with a larger grille, redesigned headlights, as well as larger fenders, though the wheelbase and luggage capacity remains unchanged.
Performance-wise, Audi will be releasing two gasoline models. First to come is the A3 35 TFSI, carrying a turbocharged four-cylinder engine pushing out 150 horsepower. A second, tamer three-cylinder model will follow with 115 horsepower. Similarly, two diesel models with roughly the same amount of output will be available as well. As for the 45-volt mild hybrid system — which adds around 37 pound-feet of torque — it seems only the dual-clutch “S tronic” transmission iterations of the A3 will be equipped with it, leaving the manual transmission models without the system.
As to the interior, the German automaker has given the design a more aggressive look too, with straighter lines and edges replacing the previous more curvaceous aesthetic. The car also comes with Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, a 10.25-inch cluster display that can be upgraded to 12.3 inches, along with the third-generation MIB infotainment system which the brand says holds 10 times more computing power than its predecessor.
While the North American model has yet to be announced, the Audi A3 European model will hit showrooms in Europe this summer.
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