Some newly offered info has emerged for the 2018 Audi A3 model. Back in December we only had the first set of spy photos to go on which teased that the car was under its way and was doing cold weather tests. But now we know a lot more about the car. This is going to be a facelift for the popular sedan model and will include some exterior and interior upgrades. New safety equipment and new technology is also announced with Audi virtual cockpit finally being integrated here. There is a whole new set of powertrains announced as well which will power the sedan, Sportback, three-door, and Cabriolet forms which have been announced.
The Audi A3 model has made its debut back in 1996. Originally it was built as a three-door hatchback and was offered by the Volkswagen group. Now we are in its third-generation incarnation which began its production in 2012. The sedan version of the car was initially offered in Germany and then later went on sale in the UK. It is due time for this models to receive its deserved facelift.
The release date is something that we are expecting to drop very soon but with the slew of innovations that we got for the 2018 Audi A3 we have also learned the price as well. This only means that a release is coming soon and is imminent. Read all about it here in our review.
When is the Release Date for the 2018 Audi A3 Predicted for?
As far as we know, the 2018 Audi A3 was supposed to make its debut at the start of 2018. But this latest set of news may bring it a bit closer to us than we expected it to be. The model will probably get its release this year but customers around the world and their respective markets might still need to be patient and wait for the car to make an appearance in 2018.
What is the New 2018 Audi A3 Price?
The price for the 2018 Audi A3 has just been announced. The sedan version is going to be offered in three trims, with the Premium one costing $34,200, the Premium Plus being $37,450 and the Prestige offered for $43,150, all as base MSRP.
What are the 2018 Audi A3 Exterior Changes?
Although the exterior of the 2018 Audi A3 has some significant changes to it, none of them is in so high regard so that it changes the face of the car dramatically. The grille to the front remains but it now has sharper points, while the headlights have a zigzag motion on the bottom side of them. The vents are a little bit smaller and there is a horizontal splitter added toward the outside edge. All in all, this makes the car look more sporty and aggressive when viewed from the front.
The side of the car still has a double body line for the lower body. It makes for a 3D appearance toward the bottom of the doors. The models will come standard with 16-inch wheels, but 17-, 18-, and 19-inch wheels will be offered for the newly updated car.
The rear end also keeps to its overall design. But there is a small lip integrated into the rear deck lid and the overall shape of the taillights. The taillights now have a sharper point on the upper outside corner. Also there is a new body line runing between the reflectors on each corner of the fascia.
What are the 2018 Audi A3 Interior Updates?
The inside of the 2018 Audi A3 is almost untouched. It might seem like a letdown but they have decided to keep the inside almost intact. The overall layout and design is essentially the same with the only noticeable change being the circular vents which have more details to them. But the big news for this version is the introduction of Audi’s virtual cockpit, which comes with a new, digital instrument cluster. There is a 12.3-inch diagonal screen on it and it also displays two different modes.
Besides this, the MMI system will also get an upgrade, with a new menu structure similar to one of a smartphone. The rotary control knob for the center console will be kept and a seven-inch display will be used as standard equipment. It is also able to display Google Earth and Google Street, and even real-time traffic information. The car also come with an Audi Connect package, offering a 4G LTE connection with a sim Card for the European models. For more details on 2019 Audi A3 interior updates you can check our new overview of that car.
What is the Chose Powertrain?
There have also been a lot of changes for the 2018 Audi A3 when it comes to the powertrain options. There are a total of six engines available, three gasoline engines and three diesel engines. Perhaps the most notable inclusion is the three-cylinder engine 1.0-liter, TFSI, gasoline engine that makes 115 horsepower and 147.5 pound-feet of torque. After that one comes the 1.4-liter, TFSI, COD four-cylinder making 150 horsepower and 184.4 pound-feet of torque. The top gasoline version is the all-new, 2.0-liter, TFSI four-cylinder which provides 190 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque.
The diesel side of the offer provides an all-new, entry-level 1.6-liter TDI with an output of 110 horsepower. The 2.0-liter TDI is going to be offered in two types. The first one, which comes out at the launch of the car, will provide 150 horsepower and 250.8 pound-feet of torque, while the second one, which is going to be available sometime after the launch, will provide 184 horsepower and 280.3 pound-feet of torque. You can mat the engines to a six-speed manual transmission or the S Tronic seven-speed dual clutch one.
2018 Audi A3 0-60 mph Acceleration and Top Speed
By being the top prospect in its segment, the 2018 Audi A3 will also be capable of offering astounding acceleration numbers. The estimated offer is going to come to 7.2 seconds needed to reach 60 mph from 0, with a top speed of 130 mph.
What are the Fuel Economy Ratings for the 2018 Audi A3?
The new 2018 Audi A3 will probably offer some different fuel economy ratings compared to now. The model will probably get its stats in accordance with the new powertrain. According to certain estimations, the model might be able to make 26 mpg city, 35 highway, 29 combined, or go to 24/31/27 mpg with the AWD option.
2018 Audi A3 Dimensions and Size
The interior of the 2018 Audi A3 has not changed. Compared to the rivaling models it does provide good measurement which are highly necessary for the interior setup. The car provides enough room and comfort for the passengers and even does a better job than the CLA-Class model coming from Mercedes. In total the Audi A3 is 175.5 inches long and has a wheelbase of 103.4-inches.
2018 Audi A3 Safety
The new 2018 Audi A3 will carry the reputation of the past A3 models which already had great safety standards. The IIHS and the NHTSA already hold this car in high regard and this will be even greater when we take into account that they are adding automatic emergency braking a standard set of the offered equipment for the car. Also standard is a new system which prepares the passengers from impending impact by rolling up the windows, closing the moonroof and tightening up the seat belts automatically. Some advanced offers are only going to be available through packages or by using higher trims.
What are the Rivaling Cars?
The 2018 Audi A3 is perhaps the top model in the segment and will not easily be toppled from the top. Although there are a lot of competing vehicles which might have a similar offer as this one has, not a lot of them are fully capable of competing against this car. Some of the worthy competitors include the Buick Regal and the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class models.