Citing many customer requests via e-mail and social media, Audi today said it has decided to introduce its A3 TDI Sportback to the U.S. in the summer of 2015.
The clean diesel version of its A3 sedan will join the A3 e-tron Sportback as part of Audi’s electrified and diesel alternative energy portfolio.
Audi has been adamant about its clean diesel technology, and now has five models available, namely the A6, A7, A8 L, Q5, and Q7.
“The A3 TDI Sportback has an incredibly passionate and loyal fan base, this new version has been one of our most requested models since the announcement of the new A3 family,” said Scott Keogh, president, Audi of America. “This new A3 TDI Sportback combines excellent fuel economy with advanced technology and utility and will make a stunning addition to the already impressive A3 family.”
Actual U.S. EPA fuel economy and pricing will be announced closer to launch.
The car is propelled by a 150 horsepower 2.0 TDI four-cylinder engine routing power through the standard 6-speed S tronic transmission.
This combination promises great shifting flexibility in a sporty and functional vehicle that will also feature the latest connectivity.
The A3 will be the first A-segment vehicle with Audi’s MMI technology, Audi drive select, 4G LTE connectivity and Bang & Olufsen audio.
Audi says the the TDI along with the newly launched A3 family, is an “entry level premium market” vehicle with craftsmanship and features found in larger Audi sedans.
Audi A3 family members to be introduced over the next 18 months are the Audi A3 Sedan, Audi A3 Cabriolet, A3 TDI clean diesel sedan, the high-performance S3 Sedan and the A3 Sportback e-tron gasoline electric hybrid (PHEV).
“The new A3 family will feature the most advanced version of Audi connect, including picture navigation, read-aloud news headlines, Facebook and Twitter alerts, access to more than 7,000 Web radio stations, personalized RSS news feeds and more,” said Audi in a statement.
The newest TDI is positioned as a green car with longer range than the PHEV counterpart, and offers respectable economy and CO2 emissions.
Since 2009, Audi has sold more than 37,500 TDI vehicles into the U.S. These deliver an average 30-percent better EPA fuel economy than gasoline-powered counterparts.