The new fourth-generation 2021 Audi A3 Sportback has been revealed ahead of a local launch later this year.
Dimensionally, the new A3 Sportback is 4.34m long, 1.82m wide (without the mirrors), 1.43m high, with a 2.64m wheelbase. The latter two measurements are unchanged.
The new A3 gets a wider Singleframe grille, large air inlets, a character line to highlight the pumped-up wheel arches and Matrix LED headlights.
On the inside, there’s a new gear shifter, aluminium or carbon inlays, seat upholstery made of recycled PET bottles, and the latest MMI infotainment system with a 10.1-inch touchscreen display, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, digital radio, satellite navigation, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Depending on the position of the rear bench seat, the luggage compartment holds between 380 and 1200 litres, and the loading floor can be inserted at different heights.
In Europe, Audi will initially offer three engine options: a 110kW 1.5-litre petrol unit, along with a 2.0-litre diesel engine outputting either 85kW or 110kW.
The launch engines will be paired with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission which drive the front wheels.
Shortly after the initial market launch, Audi will be gradually expanding the range to include further engine options, including hybrid technology and versions with quattro all-wheel drive.
The standard suspension set-up uses MacPherson struts at the front with a torsion beam design at the rear, while the 110kW models get a multi-link suspension at the rear.
Buyers can option adaptive damper control which lowers the ride by 10mm, while S Line versions with sports suspension will ride 15mm lower.
Audi Australia has confirmed the new A3 Sportback will arrive locally before the end of the year. Further details on specific models, pricing and specification will be announced closer to launch date.
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