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NewsThe Audi A3 Gets a Refresh and Adds a More Rugged Version

The Audi A3 Gets a Refresh and Adds a More Rugged Version

Audi has unveiled a refreshed version of the A3 sedan and hatchback, the latter of which now comes with a more rugged counterpart.

  • The A3 gets a more modern design and a modified interior.

  • The A3 allstreet offers additional ground clearance and a more adventurous appearance.

  • This version will only be available on the hatchback variant.

Audi has unveiled a refreshed version of the A3 premium sub-compact, along with a more rugged version of its hatchback derivative.

Indeed, the new A3 allstreet uses all of the techniques employed to make SUVs appear more capable and ready for adventure, which means it offers more ground clearance and more black plastic cladding than the regular A3 hatchback.

These design elements complement the other changes that are common to all A3 versions, including a revised hexagonal grille, a new front spoiler, a new rear diffuser, and selectable daytime running light signatures, which can be customized by the driver through the MMI infotainment system to allow a greater level of personalization.

Moving to the interior, the new A3 benefits from slight tweaks that are aimed at making the cabin feel more modern and more premium. For example, all versions now have revised interior lighting and the ambient lighting package as standard, a new shifter design, and reworked climate air vents on the dashboard that now look thinner thanks to chrome accents.

Audi A3 allstreet | Photo: Audi

Audi also says that the interior door panels are backlit thanks to special laser-cut fabric panels that let the light shine through. Similar textile panels are now also placed on some surfaces of the dashboard, and the A3 can now be ordered with a Sonos premium sound system.

All versions of the new A3 are also equipped with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, the virtual cockpit driver information screen, and a wireless phone charger.

This infotainment system will also offer additional features on a subscription basis, which means buyers will be able to unlock features from their vehicle’s screens even after they have bought them. Some of the features offered this way include adaptive cruise control, dual-zone climate control, and navigation.

While these features can be purchased permanently, they are also offered for periods of one month, three months, a year, or three years. Audi suggests drivers could subscribe to features such as adaptive cruise control ahead of a long road trip, but not pay for it the rest of the year when it isn’t needed as often.

Audi A3 Sportback | Photo: Audi

Under the hood, the new Audi A3 will offer two powertrains at launch in Europe: a mild-hybrid 1.5L four-cylinder engine that generates 150 horsepower paired with a 7-speed S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission in the 35 TFSI variant, and a 2.0L turbodiesel four-cylinder making the same horsepower figure and paired with the same transmission in the 35 TDI version.

More gasoline and diesel engines, as well as a new plug-in hybrid version, will be added to the lineup by the end of the year.

The new A3 allstreet version will also benefit from a revised suspension system that should provide a balance between comfort and handling despite the 30 mm increase in overall ground clearance of this model over the regular A3 Sportback.

Details have yet to be announced about the North American variant of the new A3, but given that Canadian and American buyers haven’t had access to the hatchback model since 2018, it is unlikely that we will see either the regular Sportback or the new allstreet models on our shores, leaving only the sedan to pose as the German brand’s entry-level product.

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