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Top 4 Expectations from the Fourth-Generation Audi A3 Sportback

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The fourth-generation model of the Audi A3 Sportback is making its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The compact car is geared to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and CLA, as well as the BMW 2 Series.

Details about the A3 Sportback are still under wraps since we’re still a few days away before the big unveiling in Geneva. However, thanks to teasers and sources within the automaker’s ranks, we already have an idea of the things to expect from the auto.

Better Design

Based on the teasers of Audi, the A3 Sportback will get a larger and more aggressive-looking front grille. The bumpers are sportier too while both the headlamps and taillights of the vehicle appear to be sleeker than the outgoing model. Moreover, the body lines of the car seem to be more detailed and sharper than the current version.

Eco-Friendly Interior

The latest teaser from Audi reveals that the upholstery and carpet of the A3 will be utilizing recycled materials. Each car has recycled materials coming from approximately 100 plastic bottles.

The eco-friendly material will be offered in a variety of colors to cater to the varying preferences of buyers. Among the offerings include car covers in Torsion steel gray complete with yellow stitching, and then another comes in Puls two-tone black and silver with Rock Gray threads. The company is also planning to include a black and red-themed version of the interior in the future.

Performance

Information about the engine of the A3 Sportback is still scarce but its maker boasts that the car will have improved driving dynamics that include a new damper technology and adaptive suspension. Furthermore, the auto will be offered in an all-wheel-drive system.

Not US-Bound

Unfortunately, the Audi A3 Sportback will not be sold in the U.S. soil. Only the sedan variant of the car will be offered in the country.

What Does Audi has in Store for the MEB Platform?

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In 2019, Audi announced that its MEB platform will be used for its small electric vehicles. Fast-forward this year, we are still waiting for the spy shots of vehicles that will be utilizing it.

According to the company’s product marketing boss Fermín Soneira Santos in his interview with Auto Express, they are yet to develop vehicles that will be riding on the MEB platform or Modularer E-Antriebs-Baukasten in German.

“It is on our horizon, yes. It’s not yet designed, but yes, we have a chance to have cars on MEB, maybe tomorrow on MEB Entry, then also the E-Tron GT. We have so many different platforms to choose from and where we can have input into,” the Audi exec told the source.

From Santos’ statement, the fate of the more affordable tiny electric cars from Audi is hanging. However, it should be noted that the expected deadline for the said EVs is still in 2023, so that’s still a long way to go.

The Audi AI:Me concept introduced at the Shanghai Auto Show in 2019 gives us a preview of what the four rings marque has in store for the MEB platform. The electric hatchback is equipped with an electric motor positioned at the rear axle. The unit produces 170 hp or 127 kW. No official figures were released about the electric range of the vehicle from its 65 kWh battery but its 2023 production version is groomed to offer at least 124-mile electric range at full charge.

Sadly, the MEB platform-based EV will unlikely be sold in the US whose market has low demand for small cars. The limited range of the electric car provides another reason why American customers may stay away from it.

2020 Audi RS5 Coupe and Sportback Take a Mid-Cycle Refresh

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After refreshing its A5 lineup, Audi unveiled its facelifted RS5 Coupe and Sportback. The new Audi RS5 Coupe and Sportback models now sport a revised fascia and tech. However, the automaker retained the powertrains of the cars.

Exterior

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The new RS5 range is fitted with a wider and flatter Singleframe grille design. The new styling is derived from the latest RS6 and RS7 cars. On the other hand, the narrow air vents just above the grille take inspiration from the 1984 Audi Sport Quattro. The changes are further complemented by new side sills and rear diffuser.

In addition, the new RS5 takes a new set of headlamps. The new lights can be upgraded with a matrix LED system and laser light technology.

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The look of the RS5 is topped off by its 19-inch alloy wheels. Optional are 20-inch wheels in three different designs.

The RS5 also debuts two new colors called the “Turbo Blue” and “Tango Red”. It introduces a variety of new carbon accessories too, including a carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) roofing that cuts around four kilograms of the car’s total weight.

Interior

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Highlighting the cabin of the RS5 is a new 10.1-inch display with Multi Media Interface (MMI) touch. MMI touch streamlines the audio, vehicle settings, navigation system and wireless interface of the auto. It comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard. The cockpit of the car can be upgraded with the optional Audi virtual cockpit plus with a 12.3-inch display and two new RS modes.

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Meanwhile, the leather seats are in Alcantara and leather, but they can be upgraded to Nappa leather for an extra cost. These can be customized more with the optional RS design package that puts either red or grey accents.

Powertrain

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The RS5 keeps its 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with 444 hp and 443 lb-ft of torque. The power is distributed via an eight-speed Tiptronic gearbox. The configuration allows the coupe to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds while the sportback does that in 3.8 seconds.

Audi claims that the RS5 offers improved handling. That’s if the new optional sport differential is installed in the rear axle, which distributed the torque actively on each wheel.

Price

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The facelifted RS5 will start at 83,500 euros in Germany, which is about $92,500 in the US.

The 2020 Audi RS 6 Avant Has Almost 600HP And Will Come To The US

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There’s something about Audi and their high-performance wagon that just gets us all excited. The 2020 Audi RS 6 Avant wagon is coming to America, so that makes it all the more exciting. The wagon has a claimed 0-60 acceleration time of less than 3.6 seconds and the engine it comes packed with can produce 591 horsepower.

The 2020 RS 6 Avant is a fourth-generation model that aims to give a shoutout to the original RS formula founded in the 1990s. This is the most aggressive-looking RS wagon ever to come out of Audi’s factories. It has sporty front and rear design elements that would surely be a win to a lot of Audi fans.

Under the hood, the Audi RS 6 Avant has a muscular 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 unit that generates 40 horsepower more than its previous iteration. It comes with 590 pound-feet of torque from 2,100 rpm to 4,500 rpm. That’s an increase of 74 pound-feet. Aside from its famed acceleration time, Audi said the new RS 6 Avant will hit the top speed of 124 mph in just 12 seconds.

Audi also fitted the RS 6 Avant with a mild-hybrid engine. Its 48-volt alternator starter system can store up to 12 kW of electrical energy. It can power the engine to speeds up to 14 mph and coast the road for 40 seconds with the engine shut down and at speeds between 35 mph and 100 mph if the driver decides to lift off the throttle. The engine is paired with an all-wheel-drive system and sports an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

The 2020 Audi RS 6 Avant, the first model of which was launched in 2002, is 3.15 inches wider than the standard A6 Avant and 0.8 inches wider than the previous RS 6 Avant. The new model has a wider track and massive 21-inch wheels, though buyers can opt for 22 inches.

US customers have to wait a while longer as the RS 6 Avant will arrive here in the third quarter of next year.

3 Things To Know About The 2019 Audi A1 citycarver

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The 2019 Audi A1 citycarver (yes, no capital letters) is a more rugged version of the beloved A1. It was made to appeal to more rugged drivers who want a better suspension for their A1s. It is directly based on the A1, so it is still classified as an A1 hatchback albeit it looks like a crossover.

The A1 citycarver will go on sale in Europe this month, but there are no pricing details yet. There is also no word if it will be available in the US.

Exterior

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The citycarver shares similar dimensions with the 2019 Audi A1 Sportback. Like the Sportback, the citycarver measures 4.04 meters in length. But with an additional 35 mm, it is a tad taller than the Sportback ride height. That’s largely thanks to a tweak in suspension. The citycarver is also available with larger wheels—ranging from 16 inches to 18 inches.

Overall, although there’s isn’t much change aesthetically, the citycarver looks far more aggressive than the Sportback. Its off-road capabilities can be seen from the stainless steel-painted underbody cladding below the front and rear bumpers.

Interior

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The dashboard and the seating remain the same as with the Sportback. Audi just decided to throw in a slew of trim options for the citycarver, probably to differentiate it from the Sportback. You can change the trim décor of the air vents, center tunnel console, and the door cards. The colors available are Mint, Copper, Orange, or Silver Gray.

There’s also the S-Line trim, which will come with either cloth/synthetic leather or Alcantara/synthetic leather.

The citycarver will have 12.5 cubic feet of cargo room behind the rear seats. Once the rear seats are folded, that goes up to 40 cubic feet of storage capacity.

Drivetrain

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Audi didn’t announce the engine lineup for the citycarver yet, but we expect it to have the same engines fitted in the Sportback. That means there will be likely four options: 1.0-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder paired with six-speed manual or S-Tronic dual-clutch that makes 94 horsepower, 1.0-liter, turbocharged, three-cylinder paired with six-speed manual or S-Tronic dual-clutch that generates 114 horsepower, 1.5-liter, four-cylinder paired with six-speed manual or S-Tronic dual-clutch that creates 148 horsepower, and 2.0-liter, four-cylinder paired with S-Tronic dual-clutch that cranks up 197 horsepower.

2020 Audi S6 Prices, Performance Specs Revealed

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Audi announced the specifications and prices for the S6 in the US market. The Premium Plus trim level starts at $74,895 while the Prestige trim level is priced at $78,495.

Audi’s newest A6 sedan will officially forego of its V8 engine and replaced it with a V6 engine that makes less horsepower but more torque. The current-generation S6 used a twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 engine but the new model that is based on the latest C8-generation A6 will be suited with the same twin-turbo 2.9-liter V-6 unit found in the RS5.

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The new configuration can only make 444 horsepower, which is slightly lower than the current version. The torque output was raised to 443 pound-feet, 37 pound-feet higher than the current S6 in the market.

Unlike the RS5 though, the new Audi S6 has a 48-volt mild hybrid system and an electric supercharger.

There will only be one transmission available, which is a conventional torque-converter eight-speed automatic transmission. Quattro all-wheel-drive will become standard. For options, buyers can choose from a wide range of performance-enhancement features such as adaptive dampers, four-wheel steering, and a torque-vectoring rear differential.

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The 2020 Audi S6 will be able to go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.4 seconds, Audi said.

While the S6 shares its design elements with the A6, the former can be differentiated by its rear diffuser and spoiler, more aggressive front and rear fascias that have a different grille, front splitter, and extra vents and scoops.

Buyers can choose from either 20- or 21-inch wheels. Inside, the cabin is dominated by sports seats, flat-bottom steering wheel, contrast stitching, and a tachometer display for the digital gauge cluster.

The European version of the S6 will go on sale this summer while the US market will get it by the end of this year starting at $74,895.

2020 Audi A6 Now Has Four-Cylinder Power And More Standard Features

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As expected, Audi announced that the 2020 Audi A6 will now house a four-cylinder engine for its 2.0T variant. This trim level slots below the V6-powered models and now has a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine that makes a whopping 248 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. This set pairs nicely with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission that can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.1 seconds.

The four-cylinder model, like the rest of the A6 lineup, will come standard with Audi’s Quattro all-wheel-drive system. There are more standard features compared to the 2019 model. For one, the Audi A6 will have LED headlights, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, 19-inch alloy wheels, lane departure warning, a navigation system, and Audi’s new MMI interface with two touchscreens.

The four-cylinder model won’t be available with the base model. It will only be fitted with two trim levels—the base Premium model and the mid-level Premium Plus. The 2020 Audi A6 2.0T Premium will sell for $55,095 while the Premium Plus will go for $58,795.

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The 2020 model will have more options for its packages. The Convenience Package now offers a heated steering wheel while the Executive Package that’s available on the Premium Plus will get four-zone climate control, multi-colored ambient lighting, ventilated front seats, a power-operated trunk, and heated rear seats.

If you want more bang, you can also choose the Black Optics package. The return prompts Audi to offer a gloss black grille and window surrounds for the four-cylinder A6. Buyers also have a choice to upgrade to 20-inch wheels, which is a standalone option and not part of the Black Optics package. For more comfort, luxury, and navigational features, buyers can also pay extra for Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, which can be paired with Google Earth maps and 4G LTE connectivity.

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New 2019 Audi A3 Spotted In Standard Trim

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Wasn’t it just recently that we spotted the sporty S trim of the new 2019 Audi A3? Well, this time it’s the standard trim that has been spotted being tested on the road. The new generation of A3 is being prepared for launch later this year and it’s bound to go on sale in early 2020.

The spy shots showed that Audi will continue to reinvent the A3 to fit the brand’s new design language. The new model’s lighting design and front-end design are inspired by the latest A4 while the cabin should have features identical to the Virtual Cockpit setup in the Q3 SUV.

This new A3 will have a range of conventional and plug-in hybrid powertrains. Mechanically, it is expected to follow the footsteps of the Volkswagen Golf, including the plug-in hybrid powertrain that’s expected to be fitted in the new Golf GTE. Audi will also use the Golf’s regular petrol engines featuring 12-volt and 48-volt mild-hybrid systems.

What’s clear for now, though, is that Audi is not planning an all-electric version for the A3.

Another bad news is that the three-door A3 will likely to be discontinued because of poor market performance. Audi produced 7,818 examples of the three-door A3 and 167,741 units of the five-door A3 Sportbacks in 2017.

The company plans to come up with 12 pure-electric models by 2025. A car the size of the A3 has already been confirmed a part of this plan. It’s not the A3 per se. Rather, it’s going to be launched as an upmarket alternative to the Volkswagen ID. It will also use the VW Group’s new MEB EV platform.

We can expect A3’s lineup to include a Cabriolet, a Saloon, and a longer four-door coupe in the future. The latter would most likely be in competition with the new Mercedes CLA.

3 Things Highlighting The 2020 Audi S4 Avant

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We won’t be seeing the Audi S4 Avant in the US market unless Audi changes its mind. That, at least, is worth noting before we delve into why the S4 Avant will make a splash in the American soil if Audi finally relinquishes to our desires to see these on our roads.

When Audi promised a redesigned A4, we didn’t expect it to be this elegant, classy, and sophisticated. We also didn’t expect they will redesign the entire line and gift us with the chance to see (but not get our hands on) the high-performance wagon that is the S4 Avant.

Exterior

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The changes in the exterior are as clear as the day. The front fascia is different as it’s less angular now with the removal of the small upward notches on the lower-inner corners. The big change can be significantly seen in the position of the lights. It now has LED “eyebrows” compared to the LED lamps that run along the borders of the headlamps before.

This makes the Avant look more menacing, but it also goes along well with the hood that slopes slightly downward to create a sportier look.

Interior

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The cabin looks just the same as the outgoing model, except for the removal of the large knob that sits in front of the gear shifter on the center tunnel. Instead, the Avant has a digital screen to display audible feedback. There’s another 8.3-inch screen that’s on the dashboard, above the two air-conditioning vents. The screen displays a variety of information that’s powered by the MMI operating system. One of the most notable features of the OS is its ability to control the car—door locks and heating and cooling—from a distance through the owner’s smartphone.

Drivetrain

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The Audi S4 Avant will have a 3.0-liter V-6 TDI engine, the best 3.0-liter turbo diesel engine in the market. It produces 342 horsepower at 3,850 rpm and 516 pound-feet of torque at 2,500 rpm. This engine is paired with a 48-volt electrical system and a compact, air-cooled 0.5 kWh lithium-ion battery.

This mild-hybrid setup can lower fuel consumption by up to 0.4 liters per 100 kilometers, from 6.7 liters per 100 km to about 6.3 liters per 100 km.

The 2020 Audi S4 Avant is in competition with the Mercedes-AMG C 43 Wagon and the BMW M3 Wagon.

Black Edition Now Available For Audi A6 Saloon And Avant Estate

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The Audi Black Edition trim, a range-topping variant that shows plenty of teeth with dark-tinted styling, is making a comeback. This time it will be on the latest Audi A6 saloon and Avant estate.

Audi’s Black Edition is a range-topping trim that’s based on the popular S-Line configuration coupled with darkly tinted styling designs. Perhaps the biggest change you’ll see with the trim is the new alloy wheel design. The S-Line version of the A6 gets 19-inch wheels while the Black Trim boosted this up to 20-inch V-spoke design finished in matt titanium.

The exterior design is littered with black tinted design—from the rear windows to the grille to the front air intakes to the door mirrors to the rear diffuser. These are all finished in black. On the A6 Avant, the roof rails are clad in black, too.

Inside the cabin, things are more S-Line than Black Edition. The interior is the regular S-Line trim we got to see before. It has front sports seats finished in a combination of Alcantara and leather with a perforated leather sports steering wheel.

All technology you’ll see on an A6 Black Edition was carried over from the S-Line trim. Standard to both trim levels is Audi’s latest dual-screen infotainment set-up. Buyers can opt to upgrade the system via a Technology pack, which will include Google Maps-assisted navigation, a much larger 10.1-inch lower display and Audi’s Virtual Cockpit digital instrument panel.

Whereas the S-Line trim stuck with regular LED units, the Black Edition improved on these with LED matrix headlights.

You can now get your hands on the A6 Black Edition either for the Saloon or the Avant estate. The models are priced from £44,635 ($57,563.80) for the 2.0-liter turbocharged 40 TDI saloon. That’s £2,340 ($3,018.19) more than its equivalent S-Line Model. The Black Edition trim can fit all available powertrains of the A6.

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