S3 Sedan kicks off at $42,900.
Let’s begin with the bad news. While the European S3 facelift introduced in April has gained 10 PS (7 kilowatts) for a grand total of 310 PS (228 kW), the U.S.-bound S3 continues to have 292 hp (218 kW) like the pre-facelift model. In addition, an S tronic-equipped S3 now has 295 pound-feet (400 newton-meters) of torque in Europe, but the American model is still stuck at 280 lb-ft (379 Nm).
The A3 Sedan and Cabriolet will be available in U.S. with a 2.0 TFSI rated at 220 hp (164 kW) and 258 lb-ft (349 Nm) delivered to a quattro all-wheel-drive layout through a six-speed S tronic gearbox. Audi says the front-wheel-drive model and the frugal e-tron will continue for the 2017 model year, with details to be released at a later date. It is worth pointing out the 2016MY FWD model has a 1.8-liter unit, but in Europe the engine has been replaced by a more efficient 2.0-liter and most likely the U.S. version will get it as well for 2017MY.
The rest of the changes introduced with the facelift on the old continent have pretty much been carried over on the U.S. model, including the fancy 12.3-inch Audi Virtual Cockpit which will be optional equipment. Regardless of version, all cars get dual-zone automatic climate control, three-spoke multifunction steering wheel, rear view camera, and the Audi pre sense front radar-based system with automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning.
Go for the sedan and Audi USA will throw in a standard panoramic sunroof. If you are not satisfied with the 180-watt, 9-speaker sound system of the sedan, an optional 14-speaker, 705-watt Bang & Olufsen premium setup is available at an additional cost. There’s also an updated MMI touch with support for handwriting, while 4G and Wi-Fi hotspot are also available.
A great number of safety and assistance systems can be added, ranging from high-beam assist and adaptive cruise control to rear cross traffic assist and Audi active lane assist, just to name a few.
In terms of pricing, the quattro-equipped A3 Sedan kicks off at $34,200 for the Premium trim and rises to $37,450 for the Premium Plus model. If you want even more standard equipment, the Prestige can be had from $43,150. The cabriolet version will command a hefty $6,100 premium over the equivalent sedan. As for the range-topping S3 Sedan, it’s only available in Premium Plus ($42,900) and Prestige ($48,400) trims, with all prices excluding the $950 destination & handling fees.
Check out the press release below for full details.
Note: Attached images are showing the Euro-spec Audi A3/S3 facelift range.
Source: Audi USA