Audi introduces 2013 A3

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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Audi's A3 hatchback was first introduced to Canada for the 2006 model year. It was then in its second generation, and it became the entry-level model in Audi's Canadian vehicle lineup. Now, some seven years later, Audi has introduced the third-generation 2013 A3, which made its official debut at this month's Geneva Motor Show.

Like the current version, the forthcoming A3 retains a hatchback bodystyle with a large front grille and imposing headlight design. The sleek body features LED headlights and taillights, and an overall appearance in harmony with the latest Audi offerings such as the current A6, A7 and A8 sedans.

The interior features such hues as titanium grey, pashmina beige, chestnut brown and capri orange. Along the dashboard, four round air vents lend to an exquisite aesthetic as do the three-spoke steering wheel and the Multi Media Interface (MMI) monitor, which deploys electronically from the instrument panel. Depending on the vehicle specification, the MMI monitor measures either 5.8 or 7 inches diagonally. The monitor features a high-gloss, magnesium casing and is just 11 millimetres thick. Occupant safety inside the 2013 A3 is guarded by no less than seven airbags, one of which is for the driver's knees.

When it comes to market, the 2013 A3 will feature attractive interior options such as a 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, a navigation system with 3D graphics, a panoramic glass sunroof and sport seats.

The 2013 A3 was introduced with three different powertrain options, including a TDI diesel and two TFSI gas engines. The smallest of the three engines is a 1.4-litre, four-cylinder TFSI that generates 122 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration from zero to 100km/h is claimed in 9.3 seconds with a top speed of 203 km/h. This particular engine option is quite frugal, providing a fuel consumption rating of just 5.2 L/100 km in combined city and highway driving.

The larger 1.8-litre, four-cylinder TFSI gasoline engine produces 180 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h is dispatched in 7.2 seconds and the A3's top speed with this engine is 232 km/h. Combined fuel consumption is not nearly as good as the 1.4 TFSI, but is still frugal at 5.6 L/100 km.

In TDI diesel guise, the A3 uses a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine that churns out 150 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque. With this engine the A3 will romp from zero to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds and hit a top speed of 216 km/h. Perhaps more importantly, the TDI diesel's combined fuel consumption rating is the most frugal of all A3 variants at just 4.1 L/100 km.

Both the 1.4 TFSI and 2.0 TDI engines will be mated with six-speed manual transmission while a seven-speed, dual-clutch S-tronic transmission is standard in the 1.8 TFSI-equipped A3. Though available in front-wheel-drive, the A3 will also feature Audi's Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive.

At press time, it was unclear what the price or even the range of engine choices will be for Canadian consumers. However more information about the forthcoming, 2013 Audi A3 will be divulged closer to its market introduction here.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Hatchback, Audi, 2013, A3, Compact,

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