Audi Debuts US-Spec 2022 A3 Sedan Via Online Reveal

The 2022 Audi A3 is on its way to the United States as a sedan, the company confirmed via an online event. Probably looking very closely like the 2021 car we’ve seen in Euro-spec form before, the Americanized A3 will deliver more power and torque than the outgoing vehicle, with front-wheel drive and Quattro models on offer.

Audi also promises a more spacious interior thanks to key exterior size increases in length and width. Meanwhile, modernized styling is draped over the growing A3 sedan, with a sporty design reminiscent of tougher Audis like the SQ8 and RS6 Avant.

Audi A3 sedan 2021
Audi A3 sedan 2021
Audi A3 sedan 2021

Audi A3 sedan engineering 2022

The A3 2022 will come with the 40 TFSI powertrain – with or without Quattro – and although the automaker has not explicitly confirmed the specifics of the engine, we can assume that they reflect those of the Audi A4 40 TFSI. . That means a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four, tuned to produce 188 horsepower and 236 pound-feet (140 kilowatts and 320 newton-meters). It doesn’t sound like too many ponies, but the twist should be what most riders appreciate the most. We also expect a slight uptick from the 184 hp (137 kW) and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of the 2020 Audi A3.

If these numbers turn out to be correct, they will share the difference between the Mercedes-Benz A220, which produces 188 hp (140 kW) and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm), and the BMW 228i Gran Coupé, which makes 228 hp perfectly. (170 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm). And if the A3’s torque hits the same 1450 rpm low as the 40 TFSI A4, then it should perform well in most everyday driving tasks, especially paired with the sharp (and standard) Seventh Spirit. from Audi. double clutch gearbox.

Measuring 1.6 inches (4 centimeters) longer and 1.2 inches (3 cm) wider than the previous generation A3, the new compact sedan offers improved interior space – the company’s European press release specifically calls for better headroom at the front and rear, although the height is reportedly unchanged. This is in part due to a slightly lower seating position, which should also promote communication between the driver and the road (at the expense of an unobstructed view to the front).

This slightly larger body is constructed from approximately 30% hot-formed steel, improving both stiffness and weight reduction. The same can be said of the new aluminum hood. And the European sedan counterpart can expect a sliding coefficient of drag of 0.25 – we see no reason why that could change for the United States.

Audi A3 sedan styling 2022

The new A3 is a much cleaner and more attractive machine than the sleek but old-fashioned vehicle it replaces. A wider version of the single-frame grille connects it to modern Audi products, and a standard hexagonal grille texture (even on models with the base ‘Advanced Line’ style) connects it to the company’s S and RS models. The twisted matrix design headlights on the photo model look very attractive, even if they are a bit tricky.

Audi A3 sedan 2021

There is hardly anything to complain about in the side view of the A3. A strong shoulder line sprouts between the front and rear lights, with a massive concavity on the door surface above the sill panel. The structure highlights the blistered fender flares of the A3, a clear reminder of the legendary Audi Sport Quattro.

The rear of the car looks good, although it is not significantly different from the current A3 sedan. A few more pleats and a revised lower rear bumper highlight the obvious changes, which isn’t a bad thing given the outgoing model’s attractive styling.

Audi A3 sedan 2021
Audi A3 sedan 2021

Inside, Audi took a few more risks. To reserve the sleek new digital instrument panel, there are huge HVAC sockets, which dominate the driver-oriented infotainment screen. The passenger faces a chiseled dashboard with wide HVAC outlets and a matching styling element tying them together. Meanwhile, the bevelled center console and raised console look like everyone else, as Audi takes direct inspiration from its corporate cousin Lamborghini. The styling is aggressive and daring, but we think it’s gorgeous.

Audi A3 2022 sedan technology

As we reported in our first look at the A3 sedan in the European market, the interior and exterior feature new, cutting-edge technology. Audi Matrix LED headlights are optional, offering exceptional illumination and unique daytime running light signatures for each trim level. Standard LED tail lights also provide welcome / goodbye animation when locking or unlocking the car.

Audi A3 sedan 2021

Inside, the A3 2022 gets a standard 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen (remember when 8-inch for an interior display looked huge?) That runs Audi’s latest MIB3 infotainment system with recognition from handwriting. A 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster is standard, with an optional 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit and head-up display. The A3 also offers enhanced driver assistance technology, including Adaptive Cruise Assist, lane centering and road sign recognition. The first, combined with the second, should allow automatic speed adjustments when climbing a stretch of road with a lower limit.

Sales and pricing of the 2022 Audi A3 sedan

Sadly, Audi will not bow to pricing just yet, but the automaker has admitted that we will start seeing the A3 sedan in dealerships by the end of 2021. We have a long time to wait before that, which allows us to to guess madly about prices.

The current A3 sedan starts at $ 33,300, rising to $ 39,500 for a more powerful Quattro 45 TFSI. Audi has already confirmed that the front-wheel drive and Quattro versions of the 2022 A3 will feature the 40 TFSI engine, so we expect the price differential to be somewhat between the base and loaded examples. Expect to see stripped-down A3s with a price tag of around $ 34,000, while Premium Plus all-wheel-drive models could fetch around $ 39,000.

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