All-new 2013 Audi A3 details released
The 2013 Audi A3 will be a completely new model when it arrives here in the U.S., and we will see the all-new five-door Sportback model and a four-door sedans arriving in showrooms in October of next year. The five-door Sportback that will be sold in the U.S. will first be unveiled at the Paris Auto Show in October of this year, but we will have to wait for another year to get the new A3.
New details were released by Audi as Auto Blog attended a workshop covering the tech inside on the next-generation A3. The 2013 A3 will be using the new VW Group MQB architecture, or "tranverse modular system" platform. The new universal architecture design will allow Audi to incline the engines rearward 12 degrees reducing front overhang by two inches while creating more front passenger legroom as the front axle can move forward now by 1.6 inches.
Audi will be introducing some new gasoline engines in the 2013 A3 starting with a totally revamped 121-horsepower 1.4-liter TFSI four-cylinder, plus an upgraded 177-hp 1.8-liter. The diesel variants will have 148 hp and 236 lb. ft. of torque in the latest 2.0-liter TDI. The launch of the five-door Sportback will see a new 2.0-liter TFSI gas engine which will be in the next S3, and an ultra-efficient 1.6-liter TDI. Sometime in the future, we should see an RS3 with a new 2.5-liter TFSI five-cylinder which the U.S. should eventually get in the four-door body.