2017 Audi A3 facelift will receive exterior and interior upgrades along with a new petrol engine.
2017 Audi A3 facelift will go up against similarly priced models from German counterparts including Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class and BMW 1-Series.
Audi India is prepping to launch the new iteration of its popular A3 sedan sometime in February this year. Sporting aesthetic changes to the exterior and interior the 2017 Audi A3 facelift will receive a new petrol engine. That said the current 1.8 litre unit will be replaced by the 1.4 litre petrol engine that also powers the new Audi A4. First launched in 2014, the entry level premium sedan has undergone several changes. As for the upcoming 2017 Audi A3 facelift, it was revealed globally in Germany last year where officials confirmed India launch in the following months.
While exterior changes to the facelift are most likely to be subtle, the interior is expected to receive new features including Audi’s virtual cockpit. Besides, the new petrol engine would be the highlight on the A3 facelift and additionally, there could be a slight change in pricing that is expected to be around Rs 25 lakh for the base variant. Lately, the premium luxury segment has witnessed spur in demand with customers opting for the globally acclaimed luxury brands available at an affordable price. This has indeed given birth to a new segment that is slowly expanding in size with new products being rolled out every year. Read – Audi Q8 SUV Concept Unveiled – Pictures & Details
|Minimum||Rs 25 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 32 lakh|
The Audi A3 facelift will receive subtle changes to the exterior and interior along with a host of new in-cabin tech. Additionally, the new petrol engine on the facelift version will most likely effect the cost, bringing it somewhere close to Rs 25 lakh for the entry level variant while going up to Rs 32 lakh for the top-spec trim.
Revealed last year in April, Audi confirmed India launch in the months to follow. As per latest reports, the updated A3 is expected to break cover in February 2017. It is to be noted that there is no official announcement on the launch date yet from Audi, but reports opine that launch could happen before the month ends. Check Out – 2017 Audi Q5 – Picture Gallery
|Diesel Engine||2.0 litre TDI|
|Petrol Engine||1.4 litre TFSI|
|Acceleration (0-100kmph)||8.2 seconds|
Power on the Audi A3 facelift will come from the 1.4 litre TFSI gasoline unit, replacing the previous 1.8 litre mill. This is the same unit that does duty on the new Audi A4. The engine will make maximum power of 148bhp and peak torque of 250Nm as opposed to the 178bhp produced by the current 1.8 litre petrol engine.For transmitting power, the sedan will use the 7-speed automatic gearbox. In terms of performance, the new engine is likely to sprint from 0 to 100kmphh within 8.2 seconds while attaining a top speed of 224kmph. The diesel A3 on the other hand will continue to derive power from the 2.0 litre TDI engine from the pre-facelift version. Read – Audi Q2 SUV – The most affordable Audi in India
The 1.4 litre TFSI petrol unit on the new A3 is expected to be fuel efficient with an estimated mileage of 20kmpl. Since the diesel engine will be retained, there will be no change in the fuel economy.
Amongst the new features, the A3 facelift will receive new set of LED headlamps, reworked single-frame grille and new LED tail-lamps on the outside. Inside, the car will sport Audi’s virtual Cockpit with a 12.3 inch TFT screen replacing the dials on the instrument console. In addition, there will be restyled AC vents and USB port. As mentioned above, the premium sedan will receive a new 1.4 litre TFSI engine bidding adieu to the current 1.8 litre unit.
Dimensionally, the sedan will remain intact measuring 4,458mm in length, 1,960mm in width and 1,416mm in height. Wheelbase of 2,637mm implicates comfortable space inside the cabin.
Aesthetic changes expected on the A3 facelift are minimal sporting a new single frame grille in front flanked by the new LED headlamps. Since most of the changes are made to the nose, the side profile and rear remain largely unchanged save for the new LED tail lamp units at the rear. Similarly, the interior layout has been retained and superficial design changes are likely to be seen inside. In terms of features, the cabin will receive USB port, newly designed AC vents and Audi’s virtual cockpit with a 12.3 inch TFT screen.
Since the entry level premium segment is still in budding stage, the A3 facelift will rival similarly priced models from German counterparts including Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Mercedes-Benz B-Class and BMW 1-Series.