Audi of America reveals technology abundant updated Audi A3 Family

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2017 Audi A3 Family has been refreshed for the new model year and those who will benefit from the advantages it offers are the American customers. The prices are starting as low as $34,200 USD. The lineup, which is debuting in the United States, includes the A3 Sedan and Cabriolet, A3 Sportback e-tron and the high-performance S3 Sedan models.

Basically, the new lineup's exterior has been refreshed, and Audi has also expanded the suite of driver assistance systems and technology offerings. One of the added standard features for instance includes the Audi pre sense front, while available are the rear cross traffic assist, Audi virtual cockpit, MMI touch and smartphone integration.

What's new for 2017?

As mentioned, the exterior design of the A3 model line has been refreshed. It now looks sportier due to its new lighting design. The interior also features some minor design refinements, while greater attention to detail has been paid to the driver-focused technologies. Some of the new highlights on the outside include new front fascia with high-gloss Singleframe grille, undercut headlight design and light signatures, lower front and rear bumper styling as well as new wheel designs. On the inside, a major change is the new six-way power adjustable front seats that go for the Cabrios only.

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The new technology features for the 2017 model year are abundant and include the Audi virtual cockpit, smartphone integration and the retractable MMI screen. In addition, the The A3 model line now incorporates many new driver assistance features like the standard rear view camera and Audi pre sense front,  Parking system plus (standard on Premium Plus and Prestige models), High beam assistant and Audi active lane assist (standard on Prestige) and more.

2017 Audi S3 Interior

Although we wished for changes under the hood, Audi A3 Sedan and Cabriolet continue to come equipped with a 2.0 TFSI turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The unit is linked to a six-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission and quattro all-wheel drive and generates 220 hp (162 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.

The same counts for the S3 sedan, which continues to be driven by the 2.0 TFSI engine with quattro all-wheel drive. It generates 292 hp (215 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque, which is enough to achieve a speed of 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds.

Audi announced that it will continue making product changes and updates, which will be announced at a later date.

2017 Audi A3 Model Lineup Specifications:

MODEL ENGINE TRANSMISSION HORSEPOWER TORQUE
A3 Sedan / Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI quattro AWD Six-speed S tronic 220 hp @ 4,500-6,200 rpm 258 lb-ft @ 1,600-4,400 rpm
S3 Sedan 2.0 TFSI quattro AWD Six-speed S tronic 292 hp @ 5,400-6,200 rpm 280 lb-ft @ 1,900-5,300 rpm

2017 Audi A3 Model Lineup Pricing:

MODEL PREMIUM PREMIUM PLUS PRESTIGE
A3 Sedan quattro $34,200 $37,450 $43,150
A3 Cabriolet $40,300 $43,550 $49,250
S3 Sedan $42,900 $48,400

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Source: Audi