Audi lifted the wraps off the brand new A3 in Monte Carlo and some might have a tough time telling the old from the new.
With the previous A3 doing mildly well here in Australia versus the competition including the BMW 1-Series, the A3 will bring a number of technological updates which will be very welcomed. The body as well is slightly larger with a 58mm increase of the wheelbase.
Unfortunately when it comes to some of the cool technology coming to the Audi A3 will be limited to Europe where they will have Audi connect. This service networks drivers to the internet and provides updates to the driver with key information, as well as being able to have passengers connect to the integrated WLAN hotspot to be able to surf the net and enjoy obvious things like YouTube.
Other cools things included is navigation via Google Earth and Google Maps Street View connected with Audi online traffic information services including Facebook and Twitter. Unfortunately whilst we won’t be receiving this tech here in Australia it does make us hopeful that it will make its way down under in the near future.
The A3 (pending confirmation for Australia) will be launching with two TDI and two TFSI engines which are all brand new developments from Audi. The engine displacements range from 1.4 to 2.0litres with power ranging from 77kW to 132kW and a fuel consumption reduction by an average of 9%.
Audi promises that the new A3 will combine sporty driving enjoyment with high levels of comfort and impressive stability. This is thanks to a power steering system with sensitive response and ESC stabilisation with integrates with an electronic limited slip differential. Which will hopefully make handling smoother and safer in fast driving corners.
Whilst no exact details have been released regarding the exact model and engine line-up, we have been told that the new A3 will launch in April 2013. More details to come closer to launch.