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Audi reveals facelifted A3 and S3

Audi reveals facelifted A3 and S3 image

Text: Aurick Go / Photos: Audi | posted April 07, 2016 07:58

Audi’s full A3 lineup receives a refresh

Remaining familiar and easily recognizable, Audi have re-styled their A3 line with subtle changes to its exterior. The new models receive a new front fascia matched with reshaped Xenon plus headlights.

The rear end receives a new diffuser as well as mildly altered tail lights whereas other changes such as an extended selection of colors and optional matrix LED headlamps round up the rest of the exterior alterations.

Rear quarter of the 2016 Audi A3

While Audi is known to be generally minimalistic with exterior changes, the A3 and S3 receive a fair splash of changes in its interior. A new three-spoke steering wheel has been placed as well as an upgraded MMI system with Audi’s virtual cockpit system available as an option.

Interior of the 2016 Audi A3

The facelifted A3 also comes with a traffic jam assist system that allows the car to be automatically driven up until 64 km/h.

The A3 plays host to a huge selection of motors, with the ability to choose from the following:

  • A new 1.0-liter TFSI three-cylinder with 116PS and 199nM of torque
  • A 1.4-liter TFSI with 152PS and 250nM of torque
  • A new 2.0-liter TFSI with 192PS and 320nM of torque
  • A 1.6-liter TDI with 111PS
  • A 2.0-liter TDI with outputs of 152PS and 339nM of torque as well as 186PS and 380nM of torque

The A3 will also come with an eco-friendly sportback e-tron variant. Pairing the 1.4 TFSI with an electric motor and an 8.8 kilowatt lithium-ion battery, the combined setup enables the e-tron to churn out 207PS.

The TFSI motor in the 2016 Audi A3

Clients interested in using natural gas may opt for the Sportback g-tron that features a 1.4 TFSI bi-fuel engine that produces 112PS.

Lastly, the facelifted S3 will have an upgraded 2.0 TFSI motor developing 314PS and 400nM of torque.

Both the A3 and S3 facelifts are slated to go on sale next month with deliveries starting over the summer in Germany.