Audi A3 – Gets an Upgrade by Way of a Facelift and a New 1-Liter Engine

The Audi A3 will be getting not one, but a pair of new petrol-powered engine upgrades to ring in the changes for the vehicle. The changes will go on sale in Europe next month. Speaking of changes, the new engines are not the only ones to get an upgrade as parts of the interior gets them as well. More specifically speaking, the key interior upgrade will be that of the optional Virtual Cockpit that will replace that instrument cluster.

Audi A3 - Gets an Upgrade by Way of a Facelift and a New 1-Liter Engine

The Audi A3 Optional Virtual Cockpit Will be on Sale Starting Next Month

There are also external visual changes for the Audi A3 line. These changes are carefully measured to make the two-door convertible, the five-door hatch, and the sedan crisper, albeit only by a fraction. So why only a minor change? It’s to make the cars look a bit fresher while not costing too much money or otherwise alienating the entire design.

The external updates include a slightly wider single-framed grille located at the front, a wider, flatter-looking rear end, and narrower headlights. Speaking of headlights, Audi will also start providing optional Matrix LED power for interested purchasers.

Aside from the visual changes, the automobile line will also break the tradition by doing away with the Quattro all-wheel drive to make way for a more standard front-wheel drive. However, the vehicles with the more powerful 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engines, along with the sportier S3, will still retain the Quattro all-wheel drive transmission.

The most radical change towards the A3 series is probably the delivery of the 1.0-liter, three-cylinder, turbocharged direct-injection engine which is found at the bottom of the range. It will assist in pulling the A3’s standard weight down to just 1,150-kilograms. Furthermore, it will lower the price of the front-drive A3.

The aforementioned engine, which draws from its parent Volkswagen Group (but refined for Audi’s target market), is able to deliver 85-kilowatts of power and 200-Newton-meters of torque. Overall, these numbers arrive at 2,000-revolutions-per-minute.

The top end of the Audi A3 range has not been forgotten, mind you. The S3’s power will now climb up to 7-kilowatts and 20-Newton-meters to deliver 228-kilowatts of total power and 400-Newton-meters of overall torque for the all-wheel drive version. However, it should be noted that the auto-manufacturer has yet to make any claims with regards to economy for all of the new variants. Still, there are also new safety packages inserted to the vehicles that are pulled from larger and smaller automobiles that are from within the Volkswagen group. These safety packages improve occupant and pedestrian protection.

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