New 2018 Audi A3 Release Date and Info

 

Recent news have indicated that we can expect release date of the new 2018 Audi A3 model very soon. This is a vehicle that has been talked about a lot quite recently and may be offered for sale very soon but the actual information are still scarce. The information has leaked with the release of the newest photos of the car under heavy camouflage and it doing some practice runs. The A3 is going to be the latest addition and is going to appear in the hatchback and convertible options beside being offered as a sedan.

The first Audi A3 was produced in 1996 and was originally only offered as a three door hatchback vehicle. The basis for building the car was using the Volkswagen’s Group A platform and it shared underpinning with the Seat Toledo, Audi TT and VW Golf car. Later on the offer grew and the vehicle was also available as a five-door hatch and a cabrio as well.

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The 2012 model year saw the car being overhauled for its third-generation model and a year later we also saw the introduction of the A3 sedan which was also showcased at the New York Auto Show. The vehicle was made available for sale in Germany and the UK and it appears that a few years after the overhaul we are getting a new generation model that we are happy to introduce in our review here.

The car has been spotted doing some test runs and is going to be available pretty soon as even with the heavy camo we can see how much the car has been updated. The vehicle is being introduced to a new look and the changes are going to appear both on the front and the back side of the car. You can find out here all about the latest changes and updates that the car has is going to get.

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Exterior Redesign

There is actually a slew of features that we might get to see on the next 2018 Audi A3 come release date. The front grille is going to be unchanged but only the curve on the side of the grille is going to be a bit sharper. The headlights only appear to have a similar design to before but are actually changed a bit as the bottom edge has  zigzags as it creates a point below the bean lights. The vents that are positioned to the sides of the car have been downsized and are much smaller as the front fascia adds some horizontal flats now.

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The sides of the car may seem unchanged but are in fact been given a deep body line that runs between the lower section of the car and also a dual body line that goes from the headlights to the taillight. The  mirrors behind the rear doors look pretty much the same and has not been changed.

The back side has a few changes as well. One thing that remains though is the main body line that still remains to the rear fascia. There is a different kind of a diffuser added as well, it takes the entire lower portion of the rear end and gives is a sporty look that way. Also there is a single exhaust pipe added to the driver’s side. Other major changes include a refined lip on the deck and secondly the taillights which have also gone through a change as well.

Interior Design

So far there are not that many news that have surfaced about the interior of the car. A lot of things may still happen on the inside of the car but we are waiting for even more to be added for the 2018 Audi A3. We actually anticipated that it is going to be much similar to the previous year model and will look almost similar with a few new fashionable additions made as well. We can expect to see a  wraparound dash design which is going to features some materials that are also found in the latest Audi A8 model. They are keeping the dash uncluttered and they are only keeping some simple audio controls which are going to be just above the center console. We also expect that the pop-up screen will also remain here and will be kept.

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For the changes, we expect that we get a larger touchscreen  which gets to be offered with this update. This is going to be a very useful part which gets to be added to the already good infotainment system but something which is going to improve it a lot. We also look forward in seeing the Audi’s floating design center console get an update which is something seen on other automobiles. But many more news is certainly going to come once the release date is determined.

Engine specs

No news has been made for the 2018 Audi A3 receiving a new engine, but this does not mean that it will not. The main option for the previous model was the 1.8-liter, Turbocharged TFSI engine that created 170 horsepower and 200 pound-feet of torque. This engine option was able to create a top speed of 130 mph and reach the 0-60 mph mark in 7.2 seconds. The second option is the 2.0-liter TFSI  which makes 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and has the ability to reach 60 mph in 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph. The 2.0-liter TDI diesel  was supposed to be an option for the previous year model but it just never materialized, so we are expecting to see it appear this year as one of the offers.

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Specifications

Wheelbase: 102.2 in
Length: 14 ft. 7.4 in. (175.4 in.)
Width: 77.2 in
Passenger volume: 79 cu ft
Cargo volume: 10.0 cu.ft.
Curb weight: 3634 lb
Top Speed: 126 mph
0-60: 5.7 sec
MPG: 23/32 mpg
Available Exterior Colors: Brilliant Red , Brilliant Black, Florett Silver Metallic, Scuba Blue Metallic, Ibis White,Mythos Black Metallic…
Towing Capacity: N/A

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Trims

The 2018 Audi A3 is going to be offered as a sedan version, a hatchback and is also going to be given in the convertible form and all three trims are coming out together at the same time. The sedan is offered in the Premium, Premium Plus and the Prestige trims.

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Release date and price

The release date has yet to be determined, but we are confident that we are going to see the 2018 Audi A3 for sale by the end of this year. The starting price is $30,900 for the Premium, the premium Plus is offered at  $33,600 while the Prestige $39,750.

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