Lockdowns and quarantines aren't stopping automakers from launching new cars. Thanks to the power of the world wide web, they can introduce an all-new model from the safety of their homes and we can see them from the safety of ours.
The latest automaker to do an online launch is Audi with its all-new A3 sedan.
While the A3 has been around since the '90s, the sedan body style was only introduced in 2013. But seeing how the four-door version expanded the A3's market and reach, it's only logical for Audi to keep building them.
Like the Sportback, the sedan's new look is more evolutionary than revolutionary. From the front end to the middle, it's largely the same as the hatchback. That means it gets bits and pieces of design from other Audi models such as the Q8, A6, and A4. Wheel options are also similar to the five-door.
But when you turn the car on its side and rear, the A4 and A6 cues are more evident. The curved roof line echoes that of its mid-sized stablemate, along with its six-window treatment. Taillights, on the other hand, resemble those of the facelifted A4. Like the Sportback, the '80s-inspired box-flared arches make an appearance on the sedan.
It is slightly larger than the soon to be outgoing model. The 2021 A3 Sedan is 40 mm longer, 20 mm wider, and 10 mm taller than the previous-generation. As a result, the car is now 4,500 mm long, 1,820 mm wide, and 1,430 mm tall. Despite the growth in dimensions, trunk capacity is still the same at 425 liters.
Audi has ditched the circular theme of the cabin. Interior design is exactly the same as the hatch so it's all sharp lines and angles in here. It also has the new touchscreen infotainment system which completely does away with the old scroll wheel. The center stack aimed towards the driver and the fully digital instrument cluster (which Audi calls Virtual Cockpit) is flanked by two air-conditioning vents.
Initially, there will be three powertrain combinations available when the car reaches European showrooms towards the end of the year. The gas engine is a turbocharged 1.5-liter mill (TFSI) with mild-hybrid tech. It's good for 150 PS and it could be paired to either a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission or a six-speed manual. The other option is a 2.0-liter turbodiesel (TDI) that also makes 150 PS. The diesel model only has one transmission choice, which is a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Because customer deliveries in Europe will begin in the third quarter of 2020, we might be getting the all-new A3 sedan by next year.