The new Audi A3 Saloon is due to hit the showrooms early 2012, it made an appearance at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show which inside information said it was very close to the finished production model. The A3 Saloon will be fitted with some new weight saving features such as Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic that will help keep the new A3 as light as possible. The new A3 saloon will have carbon fibre reinforced plastic for the front spoiler, front grille frame, rear diffuser and door mirrors. As well as CFRP Aluminium has been used for the bonnet, doors, boot lid, and door mirrors while the 20in alloy wheels will be a mixture of carbon fibre reinforced plastic and aluminum. All of the weight saving features makes the New Audi A3 Saloon tip the scales at 1540kg.
The A3 Saloon will fit into the popular A3 range alongside the Sportback Hatchback and Cabriolet, there is also a possibility of an A3 Avant too which will be based on the saloon model. The A3 Saloon has a large grille, creases along the shoulder line of the body, frameless doors, LED lights and a twin exhaust that fits perfectly into the rear bumper. Audis A3 Saloon Concept was at the Geneva Motor show where it was fitted with a 2.5 litre engine that produces 402bhp which helps the Audi A3 Saloon hit 0-62mph in 4.1 seconds and achieve its 155mph top speed. It will also feature Audis 4x4 Quattro system and 7 speed twin clutch gearbox with launch system control.
Audis dash board design has always been well laid out and uncluttered and you can see where the new A3 Saloon is influenced by the new Audi A1 with its 4 circular vents. The saloon has two display screens, one sits next to the speed dial ahead of the drivers vision the other sits seamlessly in the dashboard which is controlled via an MMI controller which allows the driver to control numerous various in car settings. In the rear of the car passengers will notice the extra legroom as the new Audi A3 Saloon is just shorter than the bigger A4 Saloon.
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