The highly-anticipated Audi A3 Sedan has gone into production at the company's plant in Györ, Hungary.
Set to go on sale later this summer, the model features an evolutionary design that closely mimics the hatchback. Overall, the car measures 175.5 inches long, 70 inches wide and 55.7 inches tall which makes it about the same size as the original A4 that was launched nearly two decades ago.
The entry-level model is sparsely equipped but features fabric seats, metallic trim, air conditioning and a four-speaker audio system. Options include leather upholstery, a panoramic glass sunroof, a Bang & Olufsen audio system, GPS navigation and an Audi Connect infotainment system.
At launch, three different engines will be available. The entry-level 1.4-liter TFSI develops 140 HP (103 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. It enables the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 8.4 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 217 km/h (135 mph). In terms of efficiency, owners can expect to average 4.7 L/100km (50 mpg US / 60.1 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 109 g/km.
Moving up to the 1.8-liter TFSI rewards buyers with 180 HP (132 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the car to run from 0-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and top out at 235 km/h (146 mph). Despite the increased performance, the car is still relatively frugal as it averages 5.6 L/100 km (42 mpg US / 50.4 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 129 g/km.
Lastly, the 2.0-liter TDI produces 150 HP (110 kW) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque. This allows the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 8.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 220 km/h (137 mph). While it's a tad slow, the model averages 4.1 L/100km (57.3 mpg US / 68.9 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of 107 g/km.
The engines will eventually be joined by another 1.4-liter TFSI, a 1.6-liter TDI and a Euro6 compliant 2.0-liter TDI.
A few months after the A3 is launched, it will be joined by an S3 variant that features aggressive styling, a sport-tuned suspension (which lowers the ride height by 25mm) and 18-inch alloy wheels. It will be powered by a 2.0-liter TFSI engine that develops 300 HP (221 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque. This will enable the sedan to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and hit a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).