And the first will be the last: the new Audi A3 is partially declassified

24 Feb

Audi has published pictures of the new S3 Sportback hot hatch in a proprietary camouflage coloring that poorly observes the exterior features of the entire fourth-generation A3 family. A full premiere with all the details will be held in early March at the Geneva Motor Show.

The current third generation Audi A3, which debuted in the spring of 2012, was the first to receive the all-Volkswagen modular MQB platform. The new three-wheeler missed ahead of all the main brothers in the concern: VW Golf, Skoda Octavia and Seat Leon have already moved to the updated MQB Evo “cart” and celebrated the official premieres, and the new Audi A3 is still on the way. However, selected European car journalists have already been given the chance to ride non-pre-charged S3 Sportback hatchbacks. It is impossible to draw useful information from these test drives, since the wording is round and mysterious (apparently, according to an agreement with the manufacturer), but the company photo shoot gives a very detailed picture of the appearance of the new “three-wheeler”, albeit in a sporty appearance. Audi A3 Sportback g-tron: more gas, less gasoline


So, there is no revolution in the exterior. The proportions are the same, the wheelbase is the same (2636 mm), but the dimensions have slightly increased due to a more prominent plumage. The most noticeable change is headlights with a more pronounced kink and spectacular LED processes on the edges. The feed has changed little – except that false ventilation nets were inserted into the bumper for a more aggressive look.

And what about the salon? There are no official images, but colleagues published spyware, and judging by them, inside the Audi A3 it will differ significantly both from its predecessor and from current co-platforms (Golf, Octavia, Leon). There is no trace of the past laconicism: the front panel seems to be a chaotic pile of angular geometric objects. The multimedia system rotary-push washer has been dismissed – now, you are welcome, poke your finger on the screen. The AKP selector is the same stubby “flash drive” as the new Golf. Of the obvious positive features, we note driver airflow deflectors located in the upper part of the panel – they are clearly more efficient than those lowered into the lumbar region of common models.

It is less known about the technology, but it is clear that the chassis will not fundamentally change. The S3 Sportback version, according to European colleagues, will be only four-wheel drive and only with a 7-speed S tronic gearbox with two clutches (renamed DSG). The return of the 2.0-liter TFSI turbo four petrol will remain at the same level – 310 hp. and 400 Nm. Crossover Audi A3- the Favorite of German Lineup

Less powerful motors are likely to receive a soft-hybrid superstructure in the form of a starter-generator. Of course, at least one plug-in hybrid modification is expected. The 400-strong top version of RS3 is a very big question, as it emits too much CO2 and promises hellish fines for VW. According to rumors, there will no longer be a three-door hatchback, and the sedan will certainly debut in two versions – the standard European and the extended Chinese.

Last year, the Audi A3 sold 124,422 copies in the key European market, which is 12.6% less than in 2018. Mercedes-Benz A-Class is much more successful: 198 926 units are sold. (+ 29.3%), but the BMW 1 Series is still lagging behind: 112,068 units. (-12.2%).