Audi's all-new 2013 A3 Sportback five-door will hit Australia in May, priced from $35,600 (plus on-roads), the carmaker has confirmed today.
The 2013 A3 range will kick off in Australia with the Attraction trim grade, powered in petrol form by Audi's 90kW/200Nm 1.4 litre TFSI engine, mated to the S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Merc's entry A 180 hatch also offers a 90kW/200Nm petrol engine - this one a 1.6 litre unit - and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. (See A-Class launch review.)
"When the new A3 Sportback arrives in Australia, the value equation will represent one of the most significant restructures a premium segment has ever seen," Audi Australia’s Managing Director Andrew Doyle said.
With a lower entry price compared with the previous generation, the new model will be within reach of customers that have never been able to consider an A3 Sportback before."
"Our packages will allow buyers to equip their A3 Sportback with numerous additional, advanced features normally only available to customers in the luxury segment. It’s our intention to lead the compact, premium class.“
Other powertrain options in the new Australian A3 range will include the 132kW 1.8 TFSI at the top of the range, along with a pair of diesel engines: the 77kW 1.6 TDI and 110kW 2.0 TDI.
The top-shelf S3 performance hatch is expected to join the range later in the year, its 2.0 litre TFSI petrol engine offering 221kW and 380Nm of torque.