The New Audi A3 Sedan Shows Off its Bold New Look Share Comments The replacement to the only A3 we currently get in North America is finally here. The A3 Sedan is being shown off with all the tech from the Sportback, plus a striking new design. The new car is about 1.6-inches longer and 0.8-inches wider than the A3 it replaces. It’s also less than half an inch taller, despite the fact that it offers twice as much more headroom thanks to lower seats. In all, the Sedan is nearly 6 inches longer than the Sportback and Audi says it has made sure to change the design to accentuate that length. A body line running along the side of the car rises towards the taillights in the Sportback, to accentuate the short rear end, according to Audi. On the sedan, it extends up the rear bumper, emphasizing the length of the Sedan. Previous ImageNext ImagePreviousNextView Large The new design also highlights the A3’s wide fenders, which look enormous from the right angle. But it’s not all design for design’s sake. The new A3 Sedan has a higher rear end and a large diffusor, which improves the coefficient of drag by 0.4, to 0.25. An active grille also helps optimize drag or cooling depending on the needs of the car. A paneled underbody and new side mirrors help, too. The rest is pretty much like the A3 Sportback. Inside, the A3 Sportback gets a 10.1-inch MMI display that’s integrated into the center stack, though the vent that pops out of the top of it is an interesting design choice. The system can recognize handwritten letters on the screen as well as natural language. A 12.3-inch digital dash with virtual cockpit is standard and offers three different views. The new MMI system gets 10 times the computing power of the old, Audi says, and it handles Audi connect with LTE, has a Wi-Fi hotspot, and handles phone connectivity. Six user profiles store climate control, seat position, and even navigation destinations, offering predictive traffic route guidance and satellite imagery and 3D models for major cities. Car-to-X services allow finding empty parking spaces and traffic light communication. Like the A3 Sportback, the A3 Sedan launches in Europe with a trio of engines. A 1.5 TFSI with 150 hp is the base, but there is also a 2.0L TDI four with 116 hp and another version with 150 hp. Front-drive comes first, with a six-speed stick or seven-speed auto. More engines, including electrified and quattro options, will follow. Higher-power A3s get a four-link rear suspension that can also be fitted with adaptive dampers and 0.4-inches of lowering. Suspension settings can be tuned with the Audi drive select system and a sport suspension on S line lowers the car 15 mm. Driver-assist features include the usual suspects, like pre sense front, swerve assist, and lane departure warnings as well as lane change and lane exit warnings, cross-traffic alerts, and park assist.