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2020 Audi A3 Sedan: Specs, Interior & Release Date

Specs, interior & release date for the new 2020 Audi A3 Sedan

With the March debut of the latest generation Audi A3 Sportback being forced online due to the cancellation of the Geneva Motorshow. Following the fierce competition from BMW’s freshly launched 2-Series Grand Coupe and the double-entry from Mercedes through A-Class sedan and CLA. The scheduled September launch may create some issues for the main German rivals if the same ‘New Era’ Audi DNA carries through.

2020 Audi A3 Sedan

The Audi A3 Sedan in its latest form grows in size (4.5metres) over its predecessor and gains 15cm over the latest Sportback model. While boot size remains the same as the model it replaces at 425Litres, the overall design is distinctly Audi with sharp angular lines that of its clear Ingolstadt origins.

2020 Audi A3 Sedan Interior

Internally the cabin makes use of a 10.1Inch version of Audi’s intuitive New-look MMI infotainment touch display with the 10.25Inch Digital Display instrument cluster. With the option to upgrade to the larger 12.3Inch display – dubbed Audi virtual cockpit plus. South African Spec has yet to be announced but the new A3 can feature Audi’s top of the range MMI Navigation Plus, which is 10 times more powerful than the previous model. This means features such as In-car wifi connectivity, Andriod Auto and Carplay connectivity, Amazon’s Alexa virtual assistant, SmartKey integration, and Car-to-X services are all available.

Audi A3 Specs:

The 2020 Audi A3 Sedan Lineup at launch makes use of a 1.5Litre 4-Cylinder Turbocharged petrol and a 2.0Litre Turbodiesel. The former offered as the 35TFSI 110kWs and 250Nm, mated to either a 6-Speed Manual or a 7-Speed S-tronic automatic. The choice of the auto will feature a 48Volt Mild Hybrid system that provides 50Nm of Torque and engine off coast and operation. The 35TDI produces 110Kw and 360Nm and is paired with the 7-Speed S-tronic exclusively. The current A3 ’35’ range is claimed to accurate from 0-100 in 8.4 Seconds and have a 232Km/h Top Speed.

The suspension on the new A3 Sedan has been tuned to be slightly more precise than the previous model, and Audi’s central dynamic handling system is largely responsible for this by ensuring optimal interaction between all suspension components. As you may expect, sports suspension is available, along with an option that includes electronically controlled dampers which will be controlled by the Audi drive select dynamic handling system. This system won’t just adjust handling dynamics, but also throttle response and fuel efficiency depending on the mode.

2020 Audi A3 Sedan release date & Pricing for South Africa

Audi has yet to confirm launch dates and specifications but has confirmed an expected Q2 2021 local launch.

No pricing has been announced but with fellow German rivals BMW with its 218i Grand Coupe starting at R515 000 and Merc’s A200 Sedan at R 544 840, one can expect at least R550k before options.

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