A new look at the facelifted hatch is also coming to the North American sedan
Jan 30, 2023 09:33
To Chris Chilton
We got our first look at the facelifted Audi S3 last week, and guessed it wouldn’t be long before we saw the first spy shot of the wiser A3 sibling.
Both the A3 and S3 are due for model year 2024, but Audi may stagger their introductions and offer the non-sporty version first in late 2023. Front-end styling changes are shared with the traveling sedan.
Naturally, the S3 stands out from the crowd thanks to its quad exhaust and performance trim, but the A3 looks a little sharper than before thanks to a new set of digital-look DRL tricks.
Instead of consisting of a single LED strip like current car DRLs, the improved DRL appears to consist of at least 24 small LED squares that can be individually illuminated. This means it can fire as a single strip to display turn signals, or it can light up and create different patterns as a welcome greeting when drivers approach the car.
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The front and rear camouflage wraps make it hard to spot, but I’m sure Audi has some bumper tweaks in store. Two things we can say is the grille mesh looks like it has a new design and the facelifted S3 rear bumper we spotted last week has more changes on the 2023 car than this A3 That’s what I showed.
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This prototype may not have been updated with the latest bumpers. Or maybe Audi is playing it safe with a redesign. You will be able to easily recognize your new car.
There may be some minor trim changes inside, but we’re not expecting to see any radical updates to that or the engine lineup. The ’30 TFSi’ European car includes a 1.5 liter inline four with 148 hp (150 PS), a 2.0 liter diesel with the same output and a 242 hp (245 PS) PHEV with 37 miles (60 km) of electric. will be range. In the US, however, the 201 hp (204 PS) 2.0-liter inline-four engine offered in the 2023 car may be the only engine available.