Audi of America introduced the all-new 2015 A3 Sedan with both the 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI gasoline-fueled powertrains. (Earlier post.) The A3 Sedan will be joined later in 2014 by the recently announced Audi A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel, the high-performance S3 Sedan and in early 2015, the A3 Sportback e-tron gasoline electric hybrid (PHEV).
Both the 170 horsepower (127 kW) 1.8 TFSI and 220 horsepower (164 kW) 2.0 TFSI engines are mated to the standard 6-speed S tronic transmission. The optional Audi drive select system allows the driver to adjust throttle response, shift points, and the electromechanical steering effort. Similar to other Audi models, Audi drive select has four settings that include Auto, Dynamic, Comfort and Individual.
The base MSRP for the Audi A3 1.8 TFSI will start at $29,900 and the 2.0 TFSI will start at $32,900.
|2015 Audi A3 Sedan. Click to enlarge.|
The A3 marks the first time that an A-segment vehicle will offer MMI technology, Audi drive select, 4G LTE connectivity and Bang & Olufsen audio. The MMI operating system has an electronically extending screen, its terminal housed in the console of the center dashboard. They now offer a touch pad incorporated into the rotary MMI control wheel.
An NVIDIA graphics processing unit (GPU) generates complex three-dimensional images used in all online, voice control, media navigation and telephone functions.
The modular infotainment platform in the Audi A3 also brings several upgrades to the industry leading Audi connect service. Audi’s connected vehicle strategy targets features and services that enhance the experience for Audi drivers and their passengers by providing the benefits of access to information and content, when needed, through interfaces designed for the in-vehicle environment.
The Audi A3 will offer several advanced technology features which are new to the entry luxury segment, including:
Standard Audi pre sense basic system which helps detect when an emergency maneuver is being made and prepares the vehicle and its occupant restraint systems in advance of a possible collision.
Optional advanced technology package, which includes Audi active lane assist, and adaptive cruise control with stop and go.
The new platform allows the front wheels to move forward by roughly 1.5 inches (compared to the previous generation A3) to provide well-balanced proportions, supplemented by optimized interior space utilization, and an improved structure.
Front suspension is a MacPherson strut design with A-arms and aluminum pivot bearings. It is joined to an aluminum subframe.
The electromechanically assisted steering system operates sensitively and efficiently together with various assistance systems, while reducing mechanical drag for greater efficiency.
In the four-link rear suspension, which utilizes a steel crossmember, the springs and shock absorbers are mounted separately.
The electronic stability control (ESC) also includes an electronic differential lock. When driving through curves, it can brake the inside front wheel very slightly to help minimize understeer and improve traction.