Unfortunately, the A3 Sportback won’t be heading to America; rather we’ll be treated with the A3 sedan that will be exclusive to our shores. In Europe however, the German automaker will be offering the A3 Sportback with a variety of engine choices including a 1.2-liter TFSI, a 1.4-liter TFSI, 1.6-liter TDI, 2.0-liter TDI, and a 1.8-liter TFSI.
Most impressive of the bunch is the 2.0-liter TDI which is rated at 184-hp and 280 lb-ft of torque, allowing the A3 Sportback to accelerate to 62-mph in 7.4 seconds. As for the 1.8-liter TFSI, Audi rates it at 180-hp and 184 lb-ft of torque while achieving an estimated 42-mpg.
Transmission options include a manual six-speed or a dual-clutch option with either six or seven gears depending on the powerplant.
The new A3 Sportback weighs in 188 lbs lighter than its predecessor and is surprisingly light at 2,656 lbs. Those looking for a sportier ride can opt for suspension upgrades which will lower the vehicle either 15-mm or 25-mm.
Plenty of technology can be found inside the cabin as well. Audi has outfitted its A3 Sportback with its latest MMI system that’s available in either a 5.8-inch display or a 7-inch display. Optional is a Bang & Olufsen 705-watt sound system with 14 speaker setup.
AutoGuide will have more information on the new Audi A3 Sportback when we report live from the 2012 Paris Motor Show.