The Audi A3 range is to receive a minor facelift and a raft of new technology.
The model features newly designed headlights and taillights, and the arrival of the Audi virtual cockpit. Orders can be taken from May for first deliveries in the summer.
New in the segment is the traffic jam assist, which works together with Audi adaptive cruise control (ACC) and its Stop&Go feature.
The optional system keeps the car at a safe distance from the vehicle in front, and in combination with the S tronic, automatically sets the vehicle in motion again after a short stop.
In sluggish traffic up to 40mph, the traffic jam assist even briefly takes over the steering on well-paved roads.
Another new feature for the A3 family is the optional 'emergency assist'.
This system initiates braking down to a safe stop if, despite warnings, no steering activity by the driver is detected. The new rear cross-traffic assist warns the driver about cross traffic when slowly backing out of a perpendicular parking space, for example.
The Audi virtual cockpit, first seen in the TT and A4, is now an option, and displays the most important driving-relevant information in high resolution on a 12.3-inch diagonal TFT screen.
The driver can switch between two views by pressing the “View” button on the multifunction steering wheel. In classic mode, the instruments appear as large as the usual analog displays.
In infotainment mode, however, a central window predominates, which provides more space to the navigation map or shows lists for the telephone, radio and audio. The tachometer and speedometer appear as small round clocks.
The menu structure in the MMI system has been redesigned.
The centerpiece of the MMI terminal is the round rotary/push-button control, whose ring is illuminated in white in the top version.
On its surface is the touch-sensitive touchpad for entering characters and for multi-finger gestures, allowing the driver to zoom within the map. Above and beside the rotary/push-button control are toggle switches and buttons with which the driver can navigate through the newly designed menu structure. The enhanced voice control for navigation, radio, media and phone now also understands many phrases from everyday language.
The MMI radio plus with the electrically extended seven-inch diagonal monitor is standard equipment.
The optionally available MMI navigation and MMI navigation plus with MMI touch in conjunction with the Audi connect module bring many online functions into the car. They include, for example, navigation with Google Earth and Google Street View traffic information in real time as well as practical information on parking, destinations, news or the weather. The information is transmitted via 4G.
Twelve paint colours are available to choose from, including the five new colors Ara blue, Cosmic blue, Nano gray, Tango red and Vegas yellow. Daytona gray pearl effect paintwork is reserved for the S line exterior package.
Audi is offering a three-cylinder 1.0-litre petrol model in the Audi A3 series for the first time. The compact engine outputs 115hp and delivers 147.5 lb-ft of torque. The new entry-level gasoline engine is efficient without sacrificing anything in terms of driving pleasure.
The 1.4 TFSI COD ultra features cylinder-on-demand efficiency technology, turning off two cylinders when the corresponding output is not required. The engine with 1,395 ccm displacement outputs 110 kW (150 hp) and develops 250 Nm (184.4 lb-ft) of torque.
The optional 2.0 TDI 150hp and will soon be available with 184hp.
The new entry-level diesel engine is the 1.6 TDI with 110hp. It is available in combination with the six-speed manual transmission or the S tronic seven-speed dual clutch transmission.
The new Audi A3 rides on 16-inch wheels as standard equipment, with 17-inch wheels available in the design and sport equipment lines. The wide range of options with 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels includes new designs. The line of tires has also been overhauled, and now offers improved performance with optimized rolling resistance.
Xenon headlight units are standard; as options Audi offers LED headlights and for the first time matrix LED headlights as well.