Audi A3 Saloon launched at New York show
This four-door version is marginally lower and wider than the five-door A3 Sportback, while the saloon boot makes it 15cm longer than the hatchback.
It will be available in both standard and S3 guises, with four engines on offer: three petrols and one diesel.
The entry-level 138bhp 1.4-litre TFSI petrol comes with cylinder-on-demand technology – which deactivates two of the cylinders when under lights loads such as motorway cruising – so does an average of 60.1mpg and emits 109g/km of CO2. It accelerates from 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds and has a top speed of 132mph.
The 178bhp 1.8-litre TFSI petrol has a 0-62mph time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 144mph. It emits 135g/km of CO2 and has average fuel economy of 49.6mpg.
A 148bhp 2.0-litre diesel will also be available at launch. It emits 108g/km of CO2, has average economy of 67.3mpg, accelerates from 0-62mph in 8.4 seconds and has a top speed of 132mph.
A six-speed manual and a seven-speed S tronic gearbox will be available.
The four-wheel-drive S3 model will be offered a few months after the standard version. Its 296bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine will fire it from 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds with the auto gearbox (the manual model takes 5.3 seconds) and on to a top speed of 155mph. The auto will emit 159g/km of CO2 and offer average economy of 40.9mpg, while the manual does 40.4mpg and 162g/km.
Full specifications haven't been confirmed, but the A3 Saloon will come with a colour screen and folding rear seats as standard. Options will include an adaptive cruise control system, park assist, lane-keep assist, while 16- to 19-inch alloys will also be offered. A Bang and Olufsen stereo and DAB digital radio will also be on the options list, along with Bluetooth and a sat-nav with a touch-sensitive input pad.
The order books for the standard A3 Saloon are set to open in the spring, with deliveries starting in late summer. Pricing is yet to be confirmed.
By Tom Webster