CGI: 2011 Audi A3

Although details regarding the car are extremely unclear at this time, here are the first computer-generated images (CGIs) with the 2011 Audi A3, a new model expected to be presented for the first time next year.

As you can see for yourselves in the adjacent photos, the new A3 comes with a revised front fascia, with redesigned front bumper and air intakes, as well as with reshaped and extended headlights. The rear end has been redesigned as well, with the taillamps a bit larger. Judging by these photos, the car is featuring a more aggressive and sportier stance on the road compared with the current-generation A3, with the body lowered by several millimeters.

An earlier report on the Audi A3 claimed the future model will go on sale with a wide range of engines,
including a 1.2-liter unit to be offered as standard. The engine is said to generate somewhere around 150 horsepower while remaining particularly interested in fuel efficiency, with initial figures proving it could become up to 15 percent more efficient compared with a 1.6-liter configuration.

There will be several more powerful engines available, including a 1.4-liter 140 hp, 1.8-liter 170 hp and 2.0-liter TFSI 210 hp. Diesels will join the range too in the form of a 1.6-liter TDI 105 hp featuring automatic stop-start systems to reduce fuel consumption to as low as 3.2 liters per 100 km (US 75 mpg) and less than 100 g/km of CO2.

Rumors are also claiming the German manufacturer is working on a sportier flavor of the car wearing the "S" nameplate and powered by a 2.0-liter turbo engine developing around 280 horsepower.

Both the A3 and the S3 are expected to be sold in the United States too, as Audi plans to expand its product lineup with several fuel-efficient models in the next few years.
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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