Fans have spoken and Audi is responding with the all-new Audi A3 TDI Sportback set to arrive in the U.S. in the summer of 2015. It is the latest model to join the newly introduced Audi A3 family and the expanded model lineup of Audi TDI models. It made its U.S. debut at the NYIAS (New York International Auto Show) on 16th April. The A3 TDI Sportback is a compact, premium, hatchback, which combines coupe-like looks and fuel efficiency with the utility of a crossover. Its advanced features and quality engineering provide ideal functionality and performance along with advanced technology and driving dynamics.
Scott Keogh, President at Audi of America said “The Audi A3 TDI Sportback has an incredibly passionate and loyal fan base; this new version has been one of our most requested models since the announcement of the new A3 family.” “This new A3 TDI Sportback combines advanced utility and technology with excellent fuel economy and will make a stunning addition to the already impressive A3 family.”
The A3 TDI Sportback will join the newly launched all-new A3 family, which will be introduced over the next 18 months – the Audi A3 Cabriolet, Audi A3 Sedan, the high-performance S3 Sedan, the A3 Sportback e-tron gasoline electric hybrid (PHEV) and A3 TDI clean diesel sedan. These vehicles are redefining the standards of the entry level premium market with new groundbreaking technologies and the detailed craftsmanship found in larger flagship Audi saloons. Besides advanced technology, the Audi A3 TDI Sportback will provide the consumer the fuel efficiency of iconic Audi TDI clean diesel engine. This will include a 2.0 TDI clean diesel 150 horsepower engine teamed up with a six-speed S tronic gearbox. This gearbox offers the driver immense driving pleasure and shifting flexibility with virtually no interruption to the power flow and dynamic, smooth acceleration.
Audi has now answered with two sportback options, the A3 e-tron PHEV and the newly announced A3 TDI. When these two models reach the market next year Audi will have a compelling green narrative in the versatile sportback packaging. One choice for eco-conscious drivers facing a typical American commute, another for those with longer daily hauls who require the superb range TDI offers.
The A3 marks the first time that an A-segment vehicle will provide available features including Audi drive select, MMI technology, Bang & Olufsen audio and 4G LTE connectivity. The new A3 family will feature the most advanced version of Audi connect, including read-aloud news headlines, picture navigation, access to over 7000 Web radio stations, Twitter and Facebook alerts, personalized RSS news feeds and more.
The automaker has been at the forefront of clean diesel since the launch of Audi TDI technology in the United States in 2009. Since then, more than 37,500 Audi TDI cars have been marketed in America, delivering an average of 30 percent better fuel economy and range than their gasoline counterparts (based on EPA fuel economy estimates). Continuing the brand’s commitment to innovative solutions and clean diesel technology, which help enhance driving dynamics and efficiency, the company has made a dramatic expansion of TDI technology in the United States with five 2014 models available including the A6, A7, A8, L, Q5, and Q7.
Audi TDI technology offers drivers with fewer trips to the pump, lower CO2 emissions and excellent performance as compared to gasoline vehicles (based on EPA estimates). In 2014, Audi of America will introduce the all-new A3 TDI sedan in the U.S.