Audi’s Official Facebook Page reveals the New A3 Sedan to be launched in fourth quarter of 2012

German carmaker Audi on its official Facebook page has revealed that the first of its kind A3 Sedan would be headed for US markets. The highly anticipated car is believed to be first made available to North American Customers.

According to Audi’s Facebook page the A3 will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2012. Reports that have emerged on social media suggest the new A3 will be showcased at the 2012 Paris Motor Show held in September. The new A3 sedan will borrow significantly from its stretched hatchback version and is expected to have a sporty look.

There is going to be a new interior trim design on upcoming A3 with detailed leather furnishings.For more details, read the press release below.

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The Audi A3 and the Audi A3 Cabriolet

The five-door Audi A3 is the athlete in its segment. The upscale equipment and trim underscores its elegant style. Audi optionally equips it with technologies such as the S tronic dual-clutch transmission, the Audi magnetic ride suspension system and quattro permanent all-wheel drive.

Body and interior
The design expresses the sporty elegance of the A3. The optional xenon plus headlights are combined with LED daytime running lights. The single-frame grille element and the trims on the B-posts are painted in high-gloss black and the lower air inlets have chrome struts. Light guide rods in the tail lights form distinctive contours.

Sporty elegance infuses the interior, as well. The instruments feature faces backed in gray, and a flat-bottomed, leather sport steering wheel is available as an option. The air vents are framed in black rings while the optional navigation system sports a high-gloss bezel.

Gleaming aluminum-look applications adorn a number of control elements. In models equipped with a manual transmission, a gear-change indicator in the driver information system (standard in the Ambition and Ambiente lines) complements the operating concept. The front-wheel drive A3 Sportback offers impressive luggage capacity that varies between 370 and 1,100 liters (13.07 and 38.85 cu ft).

The engine lineup includes eight powerplants – four gasoline and four diesel units. All are turbocharged four-cylinder units with direct injection and badged as TFSI and TDI. Audi couples many of the engines with a start-stop system that works together with both the manual and the S tronic automatic transmissions.

The entry-level gasoline engine is the 1.2 TFSI; it exemplifies Audi’s downsizing strategy – the substitution of turbocharging for displacement. The four-cylinder unit develops 77 kW (105 hp) and a hefty 175 Nm of torque (129.07 lb-ft) from its small displacement of 1,197 cc, yet when combined with the S tronic averages just 5.3 liters of fuel per 100 km (44.38 US mpg). The most powerful gasoline engine is the 2.0 TFSI with 147 kW (200 hp).

The diesel range extends from the 1.6 TDI developing 66 kW (90 hp) to the 2.0 TDI with an output of 125 kW (170 hp). The most efficient engine in the lineup is the 1.6-liter TDI with 77 kW (105 hp). The most fuel-efficient version of the A3 Sportback consumes on average just 3.9 liters of fuel per 100 km (60.31 US mpg). Modifications to the body and chassis contribute towards this excellent figure.

Engine lineup:

1.2 TFSI with 77 kW (105 hp)
1.4 TFSI with 92 kW (125 hp)
1.8 TFSI and 1.8 TFSI quattro with 118 kW (160 hp)
2.0 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro with 147 kW (200 hp)
1.6 TDI with 66 kW (90 hp)
1.6 TDI with 77 kW (105 hp)
2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro with 103 kW (140 hp)
2.0 TDI and 2.0 TDI quattro with 125 kW (170 hp)

The transmission lineup is likewise very diverse. Most engine versions in the A3 model series are paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Audi offers many of the engines with the S tronic. Ambition comes standard with shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Depending on engine version, the dual-clutch transmission has six or seven speeds. The seven-speed version uses dry clutches; the elimination of the oil supply further improves the transmission’s high efficiency.

The transmission of power to all four wheels likewise underscores the exceptional position that the A3 enjoys in the premium compact class. Audi supplies quattro permanent all-wheel drive for four engine versions. Its hydraulic multi-plate clutch sends a majority of the power to the front wheels under normal driving conditions and redirects it to the rear quickly and flexibly when necessary.

The chassis of the Audi A3 combines a sporty character with supreme safety and a high level of comfort. Its poise stems from solutions such as a four-link rear suspension, which handles longitudinal and transverse forces independently, and the electromechanical power steering. In front-wheel drive models, the electronic stabilization program (ESP) integrates an electronic differential lock, which – at the vehicle’s cornering limit – manages the distribution of drive torques to the wheels via minor, barely perceptible braking.

The adaptive damper control system Audi magnetic ride, which exploits the properties of an electromagnetic fluid is available in models with engines developing 103 kW (140 hp) and upwards. The dampers can be set for a comfortable or sporty characteristic. The system modifies the damping forces within this framework in milliseconds, when necessary, lowering the body by 15 millimeters (0.59 in). A conventional sport suspension and the taut S line sport suspension from quattro GmbH are also available.

The extensive range of high-end options demonstrates the technological standard of the A3 model series. These include the adaptive light dynamic cornering light system for the xenon plus headlights, the high-beam assistant and the navigation system plus with MMI operating logic.

The park assist system is another attractive feature. When driving by at speeds up to 30 km/h (18.64 mph), its ultrasound sensors scan the parking spaces parallel with the road; when it detects one that is large enough to reverse into, it then indicates this in the instrument cluster.

All the driver needs to do is engage reverse and operate the accelerator, clutch and brakes – the car maneuvers independently and precisely into the space.

Audi A3 Cabriolet (European model)
The Audi A3 Cabriolet is an eye-catcher with its sleek and elegant lines. Its soft top is characterized by low weight and excellent fit; the hydraulic drive opens the top in only nine seconds. The top takes up very little space when in its storage compartment, thus allowing for a sporty vehicle design. Both semi-automatic and fully automated versions of the top are available – the latter as a specially soundproofed and thermally insulated acoustic top.

The body structure of the compact premium convertible contains a high proportion of high-strength and ultra high-strength steels as well as targeted reinforcements that provide maximum rigidity and crash safety. The cabin offers ample space for four. The split folding rear seat backs can be unlocked from the luggage compartment to reveal a large load-through hatch. This increases luggage capacity from 260 to 674 liters (9.18 – 23.80 cu ft).

The A3 Cabriolet rolls off the assembly line with four gasoline and two TDI engines. Direct fuel injection and turbocharging provide for powerful performance and high efficiency. Most engines feature the start-stop system. The S tronic with six or seven speeds is available for the three most powerful engines. All engines power the front wheels.

Engine lineup:

1.2 TFSI with 77 kW (105 hp)
1.4 TFSI with 92 kW (125 hp)
1.8 TFSI with 118 kW (160 hp)
2.0 TFSI with 147 kW (200 hp)
1.6 TDI with 77 kW (105 hp)
2.0 TDI with 103 kW (140 hp)

The equipment, data and prices specified in this document refer to the model range offered in Germany. Subject to change without notice; errors and omissions excepted.