Audi’s new A3 Sportback packs in more features
PARIS, Sept 21 — In the leadup to the Paris Motor Show, Audi unveiled its new A3 Sportback, boasting improved fuel efficiency and all the latest driving assistance features.
The redesigned A3 Sportback will roll out in four gasoline versions and three diesel versions, with various engine options. The tamest will be the 1.6l TDI version, coupled with a manual transmission, which will consume 3.8l of fuel per 100km and emit 99g of CO2 per km.
If your’re looking for performance, the 1.8l TFSI is the most powerful engine of the range (180hp); it will get you from 0 to 100km/h in 7.3 seconds and boosts the car’s top speed to 232km/h. It will, however, guzzle more fuel — 5.6l/100km — spitting out 130g of CO2 per km.
The best option for the environmentally minded would be the A3 Sportback with a natural gas TCNG engine (110hp), which will bring down its CO2 emissions to 30g per km.
Driving and parking assistance features
The new Audi A3 Sportback packs in the latest driving assistance features, such as Audi side assist, which monitors lane changes with rear-facing radar, and Audi active lane assist to help drivers remain in their lane by slightly correcting the electromechanical steering. The driver information system can also warn drivers that it’s time for a break when fatigue settles in, and the optional radar-based Audi adaptive cruise control keeps the driver at a safe distance from the car ahead.
The car also boasts sophisticated parking assistance technology linked to a 360° display, and its MIB infotainment system boasts a 5.8- to 7-inch screen, depending on the model, coupled with a remote control.
The new range will hit European showrooms in February 2013. It will also be on display alongside Audi’s new models at the Paris Motor Show, from September 29 to October 14. — AFP-Relaxnews