A prototype of the upcoming Audi A3 Sedan was recently spotted suggesting that the vehicle is not far from series production. Originally presented at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the new A3 sedan was anticipated to arrive sooner but for various reasons was delayed until now. It is expected to officially arrive at the end of this year in Frankfurt or Geneva.
Volkswagen's MQB platform (MkVIIGolf) will be the basis for building the A3 which will make the model much lighter than the current production A3. A 1.8 liter TFSI gasoline motor will drive the vehicle at approximately 180 horsepower, 183 foot pounds of torque. A 2.0 liter TDI diesel engine will be added at some point achieving about 184 hp + 280 foot pounds of torque.
The A3 sedan footprint is approximately 4.44 meters (14.57 ft) long x 1.84 meters (6.04 ft) wide x 1.39 meters (4.56 ft) in height. It will be virtually the same as the 3-door A3 hatchback along with the 5-door sportback. It also is about the same size as the B5 Audi A4. It is expected that at the A-Pillar area the sheet metal will become unique to the new A3.
The A3 will still retain some of its features from the original concept version. The engine performance will be reduced from the 408 horsepower, 2.5 liter @ 5 cylinder engine. The A3 will reach a 0 – 60 mph speed at approximately 7 seconds in conjunction with the S Tronic dual clutch transmission. Front wheel drive will act as standard with a potential all wheel Quattro drive on the horizon. The MQB platform has also been integrated with several fuel efficient drivetrains. In addition there will also be a conventional manual for the driving enthusiast.
A3 Sedan Competition: Mercedes Benz CLA