Friday, 21 October 2011

New Audi A3 Concept to be unveiled during Geneva Motor Show

Audi is only officially releasing its third-generation Audi A3 at the Geneva Motor Show in March next year, but that hasn't stopped chief designer Stefan Sielaff from divulging some information on the new range during an interview with Auto Motor und Sport.

It’s more angular than before, and the LED headlights are inspired by those on the facelifted A5 and all-new A6. The large grille is lifted directly from the compact saloon concept Audi displayed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year. Sielaff told the German magazine that the A3 family will include four body styles - a three-door hatch, five-door Sporback, four-door sedan and a convertible.

The three-door A3 will be the first version to break cover, early next year, and it will be followed by a five-door hatch and then a sedan - the latter previewed at Geneva last month.Beneath the bonnet, the A3 is expected to have a range of downsized petrol and diesel engines much like the current range, while hybrid and electric versions are also rumoured to be in the pipeline.

The concept’s interior are spacious as the 2.63 m wide wheelbase offers adequate knee room. The car has a generous boot space of 410 litres. The luxury sedan is loaded with MMI (Multimedia Information) multimedia system, iPad holders at the backrests of the front seats for rear passenger’s access.

It is powered by a 2.5 litre, FSI, turbocharged engine that produces 403 hp of maximum power and 50.8 kgm of maximum torque. The engine is mated to 7-speed S-Tronic transmission and Quattro permanent all-wheel-drive system. Audi claims a mileage of 12 km/litre for the A3 concept that accelerates from 0 -100 km/hr in just 4.1 seconds. It can reach a top speed of 250 km/hr.

Of course the one we're looking forward to the most is the RS 3, and to that end, the presence of a 300kW turbocharged five-cylinder motor beneath the bonnet of the concept is a promising sign indeed.


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