It looks like the Audi A3 Sedan will be launched very soon. We sighted this trailer-load of A3 Sedans in Glenmarie yesterday and managed to snap a few photos thanks to the massive double parking in that area, causing the trailer to have issues driving through, presumably to Euromobil just around the corner.
We’re assuming all the Audi A3 Sedans on this particular trailer are of the same spec, since they all have the same wheels and the same exterior outlook. The badging on these cars were covered up while they were on the trailer; however after they were delivered to the showroom, we saw multiple units being test driven around Glenmarie, which revealed a 1.4T badge on the boot lid.
This 1.4T variant is powered by a 122 PS/200 Nm 1.4 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, mated to a seven-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission. 0-100 km/h acceleration time is 9.3 seconds.
We learned of the Audi A3’s upcoming launch at an Audi roadshow at Bangsar Shopping Centre back in April this year. At that point, a launch date of before the end of June was indicated with two variants – a front wheel drive 1.4 litre model as well as a 1.8 litre model with quattro all-wheel drive.
Sightings on local car classifieds such as oto.my have pointed to an indicative price of just under RM180k for the 1.4T. The 1.8T quattro is expected to compete against the new Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 in terms of pricing. The 1.8 TFSI engine does 180 PS and 250 Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed S-tronic dual-clutch transmission. 0-100 km/h is in 6.7 seconds.
The Audi A3 Sedan – which won World Car of the Year 2014 – is built on the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, which is also used by the Volkswagen Golf Mk7. A sedan built on a platform also used by the Golf would probably remind you of the Volkswagen Jetta, but the Jetta is based on an older platform.
Audi A3 Sedan at Shanghai 2013