Euromobil showed off the Audi A3 Sedan to moviegoers at Starlight Cinema in Bukit Kiara last night. The car makes its Malaysian debut in top-of-the-range 1.8 T quattro guise, though we spotted 1.4 T front-wheel drive models on a trailer on Friday as well.
Details are all but non-existent, but based on the car on display, we can draw a few conclusions. Our 1.8 T will come in Sport (non-S line) trim, with xenon headlights (the full-LED headlights will probably be offered as a cost option), front and rear parking sensors and 17-inch “Dynamic” split-spoke alloy wheels.
Inside, the 1.8 T will get full Milano leather upholstery, a three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters, electrically-operated front seats, automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation, cruise control, a stop-start system and the Audi drive select system which adjusts throttle response and suspension set up.
Both variants will get turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder engines. The 1.4 litre engine produces 140 PS from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 250 Nm from 1,750 to 3,000 rpm. The bigger 1.8 litre mill, on the other hand, churns out 180 PS from 5,100 to 6,200 rpm and the same 250 Nm from 1,250 to 5,000 rpm.
No matter which version you get, expect to change gears through a seven-speed S tronic dual clutch transmission. So equipped, the 1.4 T will get from 0-100 km/h in 8.4 seconds, while the all-wheel drive 1.8 T will do the same benchmark in 7.3 seconds. Top speed is 212 km/h for the 1.4 T and 241 km/h for the 1.8 T.
Pricing information at the time of writing has yet to be released, either, but the 1.4 T is expected to cost around RM180k, while the 1.8 T should be priced to compete with the RM235,888 Mercedes-Benz CLA 200. So, which one do you prefer – the slinky supermodel from Stuttgart, or the straighter-laced but more powerful entry from Ingolstadt?
Audi A3 1.4T spyshots at Glenmarie
Audi A3 Sedan at Shanghai 2013