Cars feature revised styling and upgraded engines

Audi has taken the wraps off the facelifted A3 and S3 lineup.

Looking instantly recognizable, the models feature a new front fascia with a revised grille that is flanked by restyled Xenon plus headlights.  The car has also been equipped with a new rear diffuser and modestly revised taillights.  Other changes include an extended color palette and newly optional matrix LED headlights.

The interior largely carries over but drivers will find a new three-spoke steering wheel and an upgraded MMI system infotainment system with simplified menus and enhanced voice controls. Customers can also order a new Audi virtual cockpit system with features a 12.3-inch TFT display that resides in the instrument cluster.

Speaking of technology, the facelifted A3 can be equipped with a new traffic jam assist system which automatically drives the car at speeds up to 40 miles per hour.  Buyers can also order an improved active lane assist system.

Under the hood, a variety of different engines will be available.  Choices include:

  • A new 1.0-liter TFSI three-cylinder with 115 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque
  • A 1.4-liter TFSI with 150 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque
  • A new 2.0-liter TFSI with 190 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque
  • A 1.6-liter TDI with 110 hp
  • A 2.0-liter TDI with outputs of 150 hp and 250 lb-ft of torque as well as 184 hp and 280 lb-ft of torque

Buyers looking for something more eco-friendly can opt for the A3 Sportback e-tron which as a plug-in hybrid powertrain that consists of a 1.4-liter TFSI engine, an electric motor, and an 8.8 kilowatt hour lithium-ion battery.  This setup enables the model to produce a combined maximum output of 204 hp.

Customers interested in natural gas can order the A3 Sportback g-tron.  It features a 1.4-liter TFSI bi-fuel engine which develops 110 hp.

Last but not least, the facelifted S3 has an upgraded 2.0-liter TFSI engine that develops up to 310 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque.

The new A3 and S3 lineup will go on sale next month and the first deliveries are slated for this summer.  In Germany, pricing will start at €23,300.

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