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Launched: 2017 Audi A3 Facelift

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2017 facelift of Audi’s entry-level sedan, A3 was launched on 6th April 2017. The car gets style upgrades and a new 1.4-Litre TFSI petrol motor; the 2.0-Litre TDI diesel has been retained. The cabriolet version of the same car was launched in India in February 2017. The Audi A3 was launched in 2014 as the most affordable Audi in India.

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The car gets changes in the exterior styling as well as interiors compared to the older model - the facelift has borrowed a lot of styling cues from its larger sibling, the A4. The new A3 is sportier and wears an aggressive face. The car gets a pair of full LED headlamps, a new modular grille which is wider and compact compared to the older one; the rear gets a restyled bumper and a new set of tail lamps. The car get freshly styled 16-inch alloy wheels and Audi has withdrawn the optional 17-inch wheels in India considering the superior ride comfort offered by the smaller 16-inchers.

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The basic layout of the interior and the dashboard remains the same. The car gets the 7-inch pop-up screen for the MMI infotainment system, electronically adjustable front seats, rearview camera, sunroof, rear parking sensors, wireless phone charging pad and seven airbags; the car also gets an all-black interior compared to the black plus beige combo of the older model. The Indian version of the A3 however, doesn't come with Audi’s virtual cockpit digital instrument cluster.

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The 1.8 TFSI motor is replaced by a smaller 1.4 TFSI petrol motor with cylinder-on-demand technology, which generates 150 HP peak power; the 2.0 TDI diesel motor will continue in the A3 lineup and it dispenses a healthy 143 HP peak power. The prices start at INR 30.50 lakh and INR 32.30 lakh for the petrol and diesel variants respectively (prices are ex-showroom Delhi).

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