According to our sources, Audi will launch the A3 facelift in India this month. Although, the company has not yet revealed the date for launch, but we will be driving the A3 facelift in the coming days. So watch this space for our first drive review. Audi unveiled the A3 facelift in Germany April, 2016, with the company confirming that the car will be coming to India very soon.
Although hardly any change has been made to the dimensions – 4.24 metres in length with a wheelbase of 2.60 metres – the new Audi A3 looks more purposeful than ever. Its Singleframe grille features sharper lines and is broader, and its headlights are flatter, with distinctive outer contours.
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The rear accentuates the width of the new A3 – with the horizontal illuminated graphics of the rear lights and the separation edge above the redesigned diffuser. The colour palette has also been expanded. Twelve paint colours are available to choose from depending on specification, including the five new colours Ara blue, Cosmic blue, Nano grey, Tango red and Vegas yellow.
The 1.4 TFSI engine offers 150PS and 250 Nm of torque. A technical highlight is the completely new 2.0 TFSI with its innovative combustion process. From a displacement of 1,984cc it generates 190PS, delivering 320 Nm of torque at 1,500 to 4,200rpm. However, the new Audi A3 facelift will only get the petrol mill at the moment, with the diesel engine to come at a later stage.
The highlight in the interior of the new Audi A3 is the Audi virtual cockpit, which can now be specified as an alternative to the standard analogue unit. This innovative operating concept, which is available for the first time in the compact class, displays the most important driving-relevant information in high resolution on a 12.3-inch diagonal TFT screen.
The headlights of the Audi A3 provide a distinctive new look with their jagged bottom edges. Xenon plus units with LED daytime running lights are standard, with the exception of S line and S3 models which now automatically come equipped with LED headlights and LED rear lights incorporating sweeping dynamic rear indicators. For the first time, matrix LED headlights are offered as an option. Light and rain sensors are fitted as standard in all specifications.
The Audi A3 facelift will take on the Mercedes-Benz CLA, Volvo S60, BMW 3 Series, Honda Accord, Skoda Superb and also the Toyota Prius in India.
We expect the new Audi A3 facelift to come for a base price of Rs 32 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi)- Rs 37 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi).