Audi Introduces All-New A3 and S3 Models for 2022
The all-new Audi A3 submits a bolder, wider stance supported by sharper side sculpting, and prominent quattro blisters with strong concave surfacing – presenting the model with an overall athletic appearance. At the front, a bolder, wider Singleframe grille with honeycomb design is supported by aggressive hood sculpting, flanked by striking headlight design, for an overall RS-inspired look.
The Audi S3 is now 0.8 inches wider and 1.6 inches longer than its predecessor, giving the S3 a more substantial appearance as a result from a wider and more aggressive A3 body. The S3 signals a nod to Audi Sport with a heightened RS-inspired look with standard rhombus pattern Singleframe grille design. Around the rear, authentic quad exhaust tips are larger than the previous generation, and provide a symphonic exhaust note. In addition, the available Black optic package on the S3 further includes black exhaust tips and a black roof.
Standard LED headlights provide clarity for the road ahead, while both models offer an available, next generation Matrix-design LED headlights with unique daytime running light signatures. In the rear, standard LED taillights have an available animation when locking – or unlocking any of the four doors.
The Audi A3 comes standard with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 201 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. The seven-speed dual-clutch S tronic transmission accomplishes lightning quick shifts with efficiency. For the first time on the A3 models, a standard 48-volt mild-hybrid (MHEV) system provides a boost during drive-off, and torque-fill during low engine speeds, while allowing the A3 to coast with the engine off in many driving situations. A3 is available in three trim levels as front or all-wheel-drive, with prices starting at $34,945.
The all-new S3 delivers 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque through an uprated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. This is an increase of 18 horsepower, and 15 lb-ft of torque over its predecessor, and the sprint from 0 to 60 mph now takes only 4.5 seconds. A standard sport suspension lowers S3 ride height by 15 mm, and adjustable dampers will be an option. S3 pricing, with standard all-wheel-drive, begins at $45,945.