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One year after the all-new Audi A3 bowed in Europe, the US finally will get the 2015 A3 sedan in 2014, and the German automaker announced yesterday that it's priced from $29,900 (*not including $895 for destination). A bit later in 2014, the A3 Cabriolet will be released along with the S3 sedan. The A3 Sportback will be a 2015 model, though it will only be offered as a gasoline-electric hybrid. Prices weren't given for those models and, sadly, the three-door hatch isn't slated for US consumption.

The A3 sedan will be offered with three engine choices, all of them featuring direct-injection, turbocharging and four cylinders: a 1.8-liter TFSI, 2.0-liter TFSI and 2.0-liter TDI – that last one's a diesel. If you count the S3 sedan, that's another engine in the lineup – a 296-horsepower version of the 2.0 TFSI.

As we were told at the 2014 A3's "unofficial" world debut in New York City earlier this year, Audi says US customers won't get the option of a six-speed manual transmission, as the Europeans do. All engines will be mated exclusively to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.

For more information on the A3 sedan, head on below to the press release, where you'll also find a behind-the-scenes b-roll video of its NYC debut.


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AUDI ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR ITS ALL-NEW 2015 A3 SEDAN

- The A3 sedan brings a new level of standard features, craftsmanship and attention to detail to the fast growing entry premium market
- An all-new A3 family from Audi will be rolled out over the next 18 months

Audi today announced base pricing for its all-new 2015 A3 sedan. This compact powerhouse represents the entry level to the Audi brand of luxury vehicles with no compromises – it will offer a combination of standard features including a panoramic glass sunroof, leather seating surfaces, and bi-xenon headlights, all at a base MSRP starting at $29,900 .

"The Audi A3 sedan raises the bar in this premium compact segment" said Scott Keogh, President, Audi of America. "It will add to our momentum in the U.S. marketplace by bringing a new level of technology, craftsmanship and performance to the market."

The A3 sedan plays a pivotal role in the soon to be expanding Audi A3 family. It will be joined later in 2014 by the recently announced Audi A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel, the high-performance S3 sedan and in early 2015, the A3 Sportback e-tron® gasoline electric hybrid (PHEV). Even the base model of the all-new premium Audi A3 comes equipped with standard features that include Audi signature LED DRLs and taillights, Bluetooth® technology, Audi pre sense® basic and a panoramic glass sunroof.

The A3 also marks the first time that a vehicle in this segment will offer MMI® technology, Audi drive select, 4G LTE connectivity and Bang & Olufsen® audio. Delivering the same prestige and high-quality materials found in the brand's flagship A8 model. The A3 will also feature standard leather seating surfaces and exceptional ergonomics.

The A3 sedan will offer versatile powertrains for a wide variety of entry-luxury customer tastes, including a 1.8 TFSI®, 2.0 TFSI®, 2.0 TDI® clean diesel, and a high-output 2.0 TFSI® offered in the S3. For superior traction and handling the A3 will also offer the legendary Audi quattro® all-wheel drive which distributes power to the wheels that need it most.

All engines are mated to the standard 6-speed S tronic® transmission, which provides the driver immense shifting flexibility and driving pleasure with smooth, dynamic acceleration and virtually no interruption to the power flow.

The A3 will feature an all-new design and has been specifically tailored to meet the sedan preferences of the American market. The signature Singleframe® grille and available full-LED headlights, another first for the A-segment, are some of the notable design changes included in the all-new Audi A3 sedan.


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      Jeff S.
      • 1 Year Ago
      "the three-door hatch isn't slated for US consumption." - Ergo I won't be getting an A3. :(
      Jared Montgomery
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm baffled that while Honda is kind enough to offer a manual in their Accord--a big family sedan--Audi leaves it out of a sporty small car.
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jared Montgomery
        Honda also happens to have the best manual gearbox available in a mainstream car. Too bad they don't have a proper sports car to put it in. But yeah, I called to put a deposit down on a 2015 manual A3 Sportback, only to discover that this configuration won't be sold in US. Golf if is.
        collabplan
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jared Montgomery
        It isn't Audi's fault...it is mouth breathing Americans' fault. We don't buy manuals. Our overall car buying preferences are totally dumbed down compared with other global markets. That's why they don't bring their best stuff here. It doesn't sell to unsophisticated American buyers who'd rather have a Camry.
        denverdave
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jared Montgomery
        Manuals aren't offered now because of the low take rate the last time it was available in the A 3. It's not baffling at all.
      JayP
      • 1 Year Ago
      The A3 sedan is a better A4 than the current A4. It has the scale of the old B5.
      ferps
      • 1 Year Ago
      Of course everyone on AB will complain about the sedan body style and lack of a manual transmission. But the reality is that Audi made the sedan specifically for this market after the sportback sold poorly here, manuals in even smaller numbers. Just be glad we're getting so many engine choices including the S3.
        Rob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ferps
        The problem is the A4 is already a compact and in about two years due for a redesign and a weight reduction like the A6 just had. The A3 did sell in low numbers but then again the outgoing car had been around for about seven years with almost no changes. I just see this model taking some sales away from the A4
      sckid213
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks good from the outside. Standard Audi, clean. Will age well, much better than CLA will. But that center stack! So strange looking. And out of character for Audi. They should have moved the screen down and repositioned the vents. It looks very strange.
        Matt Mossberg
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sckid213
        I like the center stack minus the pop up gps. I think it looks different but I think audis interior design needs a change. Its hard to tell from the video but interior quality looks better then the cla. Disappointed in the quality of materials when I sat in the cla, and hope audi can be different even if its there cheapest car in the us. My biggest concern in standard equipment. Last time I priced an a3 and a4 online I was so disappointed in how many things did not come standard compared to what they do at vw. Going back to the cla, I was stunned that it did not come with standard things such as hid headlights. Then when I saw how much they wanted to charge for the hids and other options which should come standard, I shook my head and realized the cla is not for me. At least the price of the a3 comes with the dsg which I love. The front does look very handsome IMO.
      RGT881
      • 1 Year Ago
      CLA, A3, 2-series are amazing cars, I love how they are compact in size much like the C-Class, 3-series, A4 were back in late 90s and early 2000s.
        sixspeedclutchhh
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RGT881
        i TOTALLY agree. i'd rather save some money by getting something smaller and spend that money on power (235i) and features. i REALLY like the 2 series and i think the a3 is a very handsome car with great proportions. well done, deustchland.
          RGT881
          • 1 Year Ago
          @sixspeedclutchhh
          Exactly! I mean once a buyer gets over the silly notion of buying the most amount of metal for least amount of money then small luxurious cars begin to make all the sense in the world.
      Phontsolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      How many times are we going to see this? It never changes. "the... hatch isn't slated for US consumption."
        denverdave
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Phontsolo
        Blame the people that didn't buy A 3 hatches the last timeuthey were offered. Like you, maybe?
      Clayttro
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was so excited about this until I read that it wont be offered with a 6spd manual. Unbelievable. VW/Audi needs to get their head out of their asses. I may need to consider switching brands to BMW. Atleast they still offer a drivers car.
      Phontsolo
      • 1 Year Ago
      No manual transmission for the US either?! It just gets worse for us.
      Prez
      • 1 Year Ago
      Meeehhh...no thanks. Boring styling. I'd stick to my 2014 Mazda6 GT. Sexier, nice simple interior and better fuel economy,.
      soonermike
      • 1 Year Ago
      considering you get sunroof, leather and bi-xenon standard that puts it about $3500 lower than CLA. can't wait for the configurator to go up.
        Scooter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @soonermike
        Eh. If you like this car so much why not just option up a Jetta and save a few bucks. Same looking car.
          HUMANMPC2000
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Scooter
          That's what I thought, that Audi's was just overpriced V-Dubs !!!
          Adrian Elliot
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Scooter
          That's the worst advice I've heard all week!
          Clayttro
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Scooter
          Looks can be deceiving! The new Jetta(2011-current) is the biggest discrase to the brand VW. I heard they were going cheap when they brought it out bud DAMN, I had no idea how cheap. I was in a Jetta training class before they were released to the public. I wouldn't ever consider buying anything but VW/Audi or Porsche until I saw that. Now I see the new A3 sedan isn't coming in a manual with Quattro, I'm most likely going with the new 3series BMW. They have an awesome 2.0T now and for US people they actually offer a 6spd manual.
      Justin L
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh my, that center stack....
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