Audi A3 Sportback Returns to America as Diesel-Only

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

When it comes to cars, pretty much all automotive journalists lust after diesel-powered, rear-wheel-drive station wagons with manual transmissions. Believe it or not, Audi is happy to answer the call… sort of.

Well, one out of those four criteria isn’t bad; the new A3 TDI Sportback is diesel powered. The folks in Ingolstadt are set to introduce this cleanly-styled small car to the American market next summer… that is the summer of 2015, so don’t get too excited just yet. Ahead of its launch, Audi is debuting it at the New York International Auto Show.

This C-Segment hatchback supposedly features coupe-like styling with the utility of a crossover. Of course that’s up to you to decide – it kind of looks like a stretched Volkswagen Golf.

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The model is part of the German luxury brand’s push into the small end of the market. Over the next year and a half, Audi is aggressively expanding in the segment with the A3 sedan, A3 cabriolet, A3 TDI diesel sedan, the high-performance S3 model and the A3 Sportback e-tron, which is a gasoline-electric hybrid.

But back to the TDI Sportback. It will likely be powered by a 2.0-liter clean diesel engine that delivers 150 hp, while a six-speed S tronic transmission is standard. The company also promises that the A3 TDI Sportback will treat drivers to advanced technology and engaging dynamics.

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Available features include Audi’s MMI infotainment system, Audi drive select, 4G LTE connectivity and a Bang & Olufsen audio system for cranking your favorite Celine Dion hits… or not.

Pricing, fuel economy and other details have not been shared at this time, so stay tuned for more details when the covers are actually taken off at the New York Auto Show.

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Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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