The ‘Audi A3’ was originally launched in 1996 as a compact car. Currently in its third generation, it has won several awards over the years. The sedan version was first unveiled at the 2013 New York Auto Show. With the market for luxury cars growing steadily in India, Audi has planned to launch the ‘A3 Sedan’ in India by 2015. With fellow German rivals launching new cars like the Mercedes A class and B class and the BMW 1 series, the segment will be seeing tough competition. As per reports, along with the sedan, hatchback andcabriolet versions will also be launched in 2015.
Although it carries the mark of signature Audi sedan designs, this new car looks more attractive because of its compact size, almost perfect proportions and the edgy headlight cluster. The headlamps are xenon lamps along with LED daytime running lights. The hexagonal front radiator grille has been given a chrome surround. The front bumper has been added with air vents and chin guard. On the rear, you get sleek taillight clusters, glossy bumper and twin exhaust pipes with chrome plating. The side profile of the sedan is also extremely elegant, thanks to the chrome around the window sills and the stylish wheel design. The interior is also very well built with fine materials. The all black color scheme, leather seats, frequent use of chrome on the steering wheel, door handles, gear knobs and AC vents give the inside a very premium feel.
In India the ‘Audi A3 Sedan’ is expected to be come with two options- a 1.8-litre petrol and a 2.0-litre diesel engine. The 4 –cylinder 1.8-litre TSFI petrol mill comes with integrated turbo charger and FSI supply system. This engine has a max power output of 177Bhp and peak torque of 250Nm. The turbo charged 2.0-litre diesel engine can produce a maximum of 150Bhp and torque of 320Nm. Both engines are likely to be mated with a 7-speed dual clutch S-Tronic gearbox and front wheel drive.