Through the Tired Eyes of Faith

Nouveau Audi A3 – Eastern Europe Special?


Eastern Europe has proved to be the gift that keeps on giving over the past couple of days. First, images of the Volvo V40 leaked via a Polish Facebook page, Latvian loonies Dartz announced their Prombron Black Dragon, and now a Russian Web site has spilled a plethora of images of the A3 to be unveiled at the Geneva motor show next month.

The car is both unmistakably A3 and utterly Audi-nouveau, with the more trapezoidal grille from the latest larger exemplars of the line and taillights reminiscent of those on the A6.

The Russians note that this FWD three-door will be available with either a 1.6-liter diesel or your choice of turbocharged direct-injection gasoline engines making either 122 hp or 180 hp. Transmission choices include a dual-clutch, seven-speed S-Tronic or a six-speed manual. Four-door sedan and five-door hatch models will follow.

Other future developments in store for the A3, according to Google’s translation of the Russian article? Besides the obvious addition of a quattro system, Audi is at work on a hybrid model, as well as on one that burns compressed natural gas.

Naturally, don’t expect every upcoming iteration of the premium C-segment machine to reach our shores, no matter how much certain Audiphiles might beg


Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20120223/GENEVA/120229921#ixzz1nKtbg9va

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