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Audi A3 Sportback at Paris Auto Show

Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2012

At the Paris Auto Show Audi demonstrated a new generation five-door A3 Sportback. At length the car is 4310 mm, width 1780 mm and 1425 in height. Wheelbase - 2636 mm, which is 58 mm longer than it's predecessor and - 35 mm than the current three-door version. The luggage compartment - 380 liters (previously 350), if we add back of rear seat (split 60:40), the volume will increase to 1,220 liters.With the transition to the new platform MQB A3 Sportback dropped as much as 90 kg compared with the previous generation. 


For example, the version with the 1.4 TFSI engine has a curb weight (without driver) just 1205 kg. Gasoline engines - of 1.2, 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0 liters (power range - 105-177 h.p) and diesel 2.0 - with two degrees of boosting - 150 and 180 hp. Presumably A3 Sportback get the little turbo 1.6, which will consume only 3.8 liters per 100 kilometers. In addition, there will be a version that will be able to operate on natural gas.


All engines in the new A3 Sportback will be available in a couple with a standard six-speed manual transmission. Seven-speed S tronic with dual clutch option. Versions equipped with powerful engines can be ordered with all-wheel drive transmission, quattro. The front wheel drive by default, rear - are connected with multi-plate clutch Haldex fourth generation. 

In the 2014 range of engines supplemented plugin hybrid, which can be charged from a household outlet. The new A3 Sportback will go on sale in Europe early next year, starting with Germany. The initial cost € 22 500.

An optional offered package is S line, which involves unobtrusive kit of spoilers. He also includes the original sport seats, larger diameter wheels and underestimated by 20 mm suspension that has stiffer springs and dampers.

Equipment - six airbags, advanced ESP, automatically brakes the car after the impact in a crash, active cruise control. As option will be available in full diode adaptive light, which debuted a couple of years ago on the A8. Electronics is not only able to switch the light from the near to the far corners and light, but also to adapt to different conditions. For example, in the light beam is wider (maximum captures the urban environment), and on the road speed increases light output and has narrowed further. Will be in the new A3 and panoramic roof, and advanced multimedia MMI with firm touch panel integrated in the puck controls located on the center console. Thin multimedia display leaves the depths of the central console with an electric motor.

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