Here’s the latest intel about the next-generation Audi A3.
This completely new version of the A3 – now in its third generation having sold 2.7 million units worldwide since 1996 – is using the new VW Group MQB architecture, or “tranverse modular system” platform. Audi is finally in a position to make the A3/S3 a much larger sales volume car thanks to this universal architecture. Up until now, the various engine setups sharing the existing compact architecture required many variations, particularly in the forward or backward angle of incline of its transverse gas and diesel engines. With this new design, all engines will be inclined rearward at 12 degrees, which leans it naturally more toward the exhaust side facing the bulkhead, and helps reduce front overhang by two inches while creating more front passenger legroom as the front axle can move forward now by 1.6 inches.
Engines available at the first drive event this next month will include a totally revamped 121-horsepower 1.4-liter TFSI four-cylinder gas engine (right), plus an upgraded 177-hp 1.8-liter. Diesel engines – or TDI units – will start with just the 148 hp and 236 pound-feet of torque in the latest 2.0-liter TDI. Later, with the launch of the five-door Sportback, a new 2.0-liter TFSI gas engine joins the group in the next S3, and an ultra-efficient 1.6-liter TDI. In the future, the 2.5-liter TFSI five-cylinder will go into an RS3, which the U.S. should eventually get in the four-door body.