Audi said Tuesday that it will bring a range of A3 models to the United States, including gasoline and diesel versions of the new A3 sedan, as well as a high-performance S3 sedan and a plug-in hybrid version of the five-door A3.
Providing the first glimpse of the sedan that will become Audi's entry-level offering in the United States next year, Audi of America President Scott Keogh said the car will come with high-tech features that young buyers demand.
It will be the first Audi model to be equipped with a new infotainment system featuring the NVIDIA Tegra computing system, Keogh said.
It will also come with wireless 4G connectivity and an Audi "phone box," which is meant to boost cellular phone signal.
"The A3 may be the entry for many consumers into the luxury car market, but it is exactly not the place to get cheap," Keogh said at an event in New York.
Though the car was unveiled on the eve of the New York auto show, it will not appear on the show floor this week. The sedan's public debut will be next month at the Shanghai auto show, a nod to Audi's high hopes for the model in China.
The sedan will be offered with 1.8-liter and 2-liter turbocharged gasoline engines, as well as a 2-liter TDI diesel engine. There will also be a high-performance S3 variant with a specially tuned 2-liter turbocharged gasoline engine.
In the United States, the sedan replaces the five-door A3 that Audi discontinued after model year 2012. The next generation version of the five-door is already on sale in Europe, but Audi had not said whether it would join the sedan in the United States.
However, Keogh said today that the five-door body shape will return.
“We have heard the pleas from enthusiasts,” Keogh said.
The five-door was previously offered with gasoline and diesel engines, but in late 2014, it will return as the plug-in hybrid known as the A3 e-tron, Keogh said.
That will make it the first Audi model to come to the United States with an electrified powertrain as part of a company-wide push into plug-ins.
The e-tron shown at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month gets a combined 204 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque with the electric motor and the engine both running.