2021 Audi A3 sedan: A detailed have a look at the India-bound Mercedes A-class sedan rival

The second technology of Audi’s junior sedan drives in with edgier styling and new tech. India-bound in 2021 as a petrol-only mannequin.

The last-gen Audi A3 was the primary of the ‘compact luxurious sedans’ in India. Together with the Mercedes-Benz CLA that adopted only some months later, it established that there was large attraction in going small. A comparatively low value might need been the hook however what additionally labored was that there was nothing entry-level about the best way the A3 appeared, felt or drove. This second-gen A3 builds on the profitable components.

What’s going to the brand new India-bound A3 seem like?

First, the best way it seems to be. The all-new A3 stays true to the Audi sedan design template, with slick proportions and a clean-cut form. There’s a gentler circulate to the roofline on the again however this stays a basic three-box sedan. If not the form, the styling certain offers this automobile away as the newest A3 sedan. In fact, Audi’s big single-frame grille is the point of interest on the entrance and including an additional tinge of sportiness right here is its honeycomb mesh. Sharply reduce headlights flank that huge grille, and, curiously, completely different variations of the A3 will sport completely different patterns for the LED DRLs. A sculpted bonnet and effectively outlined flanks add quantity to the A3, and there are some cool particulars on the again as effectively. The tiny spoiler atop the boot lid could be optioned in carbon-fibre, whereas the taillights get a novel LED signature – vertical stripes exterior and a horizontal sample inside.

That’s not the important thing however the shift lever!

What’s going to the brand new India-bound A3 be like on the within?

The A3 is curiously accomplished on the within as effectively. The highset vents on both aspect of the instrument binnacle and the angled centre console give the A3’s cabin a youthful look, very completely different to what we’ve seen within the bigger Audis.

As you’d anticipate, the A3 cabin is large on tech. There’s a ten.1-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, a standard-fit 10.25-inch display for the Digital Cockpit digital dials and, in a primary on the A3, a head-up show has been included too. However some modifications may simply be a step too far. For example, there’s a touchpad for quantity management that comes rather than a conventional bodily dial. And whereas the A3 automated will get shift-by-wire tech, the pen drive-sized gear selector seems a bit fiddly. Local weather management is by way of helpful bodily buttons. The brand new A3 is nearly an identical to the outgoing mannequin in dimension however Audi says there’s a smidgen extra headroom and elbow room on supply up entrance.

New A3 will get touchpad for quantity management.

What engines will the brand new India-bound A3 include?

Markets overseas will get the A3 with the choice of a 150hp, 2.0litre diesel; however given Audi India’s bigger transfer away from diesels, that engine will probably be given a miss for India. The India-spec A3 will get a 150hp, 1.5-litre turbo-petrol engine that drives the entrance wheels. Effectivity-enhancing cylinder deactivation tech is included and variations with the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission additionally characteristic 48V mild-hybrid tech; the system assists the engine below onerous acceleration and can even enable coasting with the engine off in sure situations. Hotter S3 and RS3 variations with Quattro all-wheel drive are additionally on the playing cards.

With Audi India having offered out all inventory of the outgoing mannequin, there’s presently no A3 on sale in India in the meanwhile. Sadly, the watch for this all-new mannequin might be an extended one. Audi has its arms full with a number of launches over the yr, together with refreshed variations of the A4, Q5 and Q7, and the brand new Q3, that means the A3 sedan will solely go on sale in India by late 2021. Count on the Audi A3 sedan to be priced within the area of Rs 35 lakh, according to the Mercedes-Benz A-class Limousine and BMW’s 2 Sequence Gran Coupe, that are each ready within the wings. The compact luxurious sedan section has been quiet for a very long time. Now issues are set to get a complete lot extra fascinating.

What’s going to the brand new India-bound A3 be up towards?

BMW 2 Sequence Gran Coupe


Its comparatively small dimension and frontwheel-drive format differentiate it from different BMW sedans, whereas the sloping roof and pillarless home windows ought to give it distinction amongst its German rivals. It’s new-age BMW inside so there’s a lot to love and house is cheap too. India will get the two Sequence Gran Coupe with the choice of two.0-litre petrol and diesel engines.

Mercedes-Benz A-class Limousine


The second-gen CLA might be given a miss for India and as a substitute we’ll get the marginally extra sensible however equally hanging new A-class Limousine. There’s the promise of more room than the previous CLA and like the newest of Mercs, a high-tech inside might be an enormous draw. Apart from the usual petrol and diesel variations, there’ll even be the 306hp, A35 AMG.

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