Audi reveals the A3 Sportback
Audi has released full details and photos of the forthcoming 2013 A3 Sportback ahead of the public unveiling at the Paris Motor Show next week. Compared to its 3-door sibling, the 5-door model is 73mm longer and has a 35mm longer wheelbase at 2636mm, which is 58mm longer than the outgoing A3 Sportback.
As a result of this extended length and clever seatbacks, Audi says that the rear passengers get around 45 mm more legroom, with enough room to comfortably accommodate three adults in the rear. Boot space is 380 litres, which represents a 15 litres increase over the three-door model and 10 litres more than the model it replaces. Once the rear seats are folded down the capacity is increased to 1220 litres.
Visually it’s much the same story as the previous generation, with a more upright tailgate, two more doors and roof rails making it look like a small estate car.
Thanks to the adoption of the MQB platform the 2013 Audi A3 Sportback is up to 90 kg lighter than the previous model, though the five-door version fitted with the 1.4 litre TFSI engine weighs 30 kg more than the equivalent three-door model, tipping the scales at 1205 kg.
The Sportback will unsurprisingly borrow the engine lineup of the three-door A3 so at first it will get 1.4 and 1.8 litre TFSI petrol engines and a 2.0 litre TDI diesel.
Later on, Audi plans to introduce a smaller 1.2 litre TFSI that produces 105 bhp and 129 lb/ft of torque. Regardless of the engine choice, all A3 Sportback models come as standard with a manual 6-speed gearbox, with the S tronic transmission an option.
The 2013 Audi A3 Sportback goes on sale early and will cost from £19,825 to £27,810.
Images and video courtesy of Audi GmbH