Audi A3: two decades and three generations of successes for the compact German

Audi A3 - tres generaciones

family Audi A3 turns 20 years old.

Was in the Salon of the Car of Frankfurt, 1996 when Audi introduced the world to the new Audi A3. A vehicle developed on the same platform used by the Volkswagen Golf (MK4), which was released in 1997. This year, the German model is celebrating as it marks the 20th anniversary of its release. After 20 years in the market, the Audi A3 has established itself as one of the compact premium most popular and sold.

Since the first generation of the Audi A3 got to market, incorporated major innovations and features which at that time were restricted to upper segments. In its early days, the A3 was only available with three-door body, three trim levels and a range of four engines, both petrol and diesel. Two years after its launch, Audi was the first in its category the awd quattro.

The Audi A3 celebrates 20 years of success

Already in the year 1999, he joined the family Audi A3 the bodywork of five doors (marketed as a Sportback). One of the major milestones of the first generation of the compact of the brand of the four rings was achieved with the arrival of the Audi S3, the version of the character and aesthetic sports. Also introduced in the above mentioned year, had a four-cylinder engine in line with a 1.8 liter with a turbocharger that he threw a power of 210 HP.

Audi A3 - tres generaciones

The three generations of the Audi A3 together in a same image.

The front grille that is continued to be used in the second-generation Audi A3 was replaced in 2005 by the feature “Singleframe“, which, as we well know, became one of the icons of design of the brand. Audi also expanded the family of A3 by entering the variant soft-top convertible, the Audi A3 Cabrio, launched in 2008 with a canvas roof. Currently, with the third generation, the Audi A3 is available for the first time with bodywork Sedan, whose premiere took place at the Geneva motor show 2012. This year all variants in the range have received an overhaul in technology.

The tip of the spear sport, the most radical expression as well as the most exclusive option of the family Audi A3 comes determined by the Audi RS 3 Sportback. The first generation of this model was released in the year 2011. It was powered by a five-cylinder engine with 340 HP. The second edition of the RS 3 Sportback was presented in society in 2015, with a high power to 367 HP.

More recently, during the last Paris motor show 2016, the German brand made its debut in society the new Audi RS 3 Sedan by 2017, the first compact Audi with the body of four doors and three volumes which wears the badge RS. It is powered by a TFSI engine 2.5-liter with 400 HP, the block of five-cylinder most powerful on the market.

Audi A3 - tres generaciones

The first generation Audi A3 made its debut in the year 1996.

The transition from analog to digital

While the first and second generation of the Audi A3 was equipped with a instrumentation with analog clocks, the third generation (the current) is available through the panel instrumentation digital Audi Virtual Cockpit. Allows you to display the relevant information for the driving in a high-resolution screen of 12.3 inches. In addition, it offers the driver the possibility to choose between different display modes.

The mechanical and propulsion systems alternatives

Currently, the range of the Audi A3, in addition to being available along with eight combustion engines of gasoline and diesel, you can also opt for two alternative propulsion systems that are part of the family A3 from the launch of the third generation. A version hybrid plug-in (e-tron), and one that you can work with natural gas (g-tron).

In the case of the Audi A3 Sportback e-tron, saw the sunset over the brand in the segment plug-in hybrid, since that was his first vehicle equipped with this type of mechanics. Combines an engine 1.4-liter TFSI petrol with an electric motor. Total system power is 204 HP and thanks to its lithium ion battery pack of 8.8 kWh we can travel in electric mode 50 km.

Audi A3 - tres generaciones

In these two decades of history, have sold more than 4 million units of the Audi A3.

, And for its part, the Audi A3 Sportback g-tron presents a 1.4-liter engine TFSI 110 CV adapted to run on both gasoline and compressed natural gas (CNG). The whole system, thanks to the two tanks with which it is endowed, enables you to enjoy a total autonomy of 900 km.

Of halogen headlights the Matrix LED

Another of the big changes that has lived the Audi A3 during these 20 years is in regards to the lighting. While the first A3 was equipped with halogen headlights, in the present, the compact premium includes xenon headlamps and can be equipped with optional headlights Matrix LED. In short, we see how it has adopted the technology of LED lighting for the lighting.

The driving aids are already a regular in the family A3

like the rest of the vehicles in the range of Audi, the new A3 is equipped with a whole series of systems and driving aids such as the Audi Lane Assist or the Audi Pre Sense Front with protection predictive for pedestrians. We also have other systems such as the assistant to the driving in traffic jams Audi Traffic Jam Assist.

Audi A3 - tres generaciones

At present, the Audi A3 is manufactured in Germany, Hungary and China.

More than four million units sold since 1996

After two decades on sale, the Audi A3 has become a global product sold in more than 100 markets. The total volume of production since the compact made its debut 20 years ago is more than four million units. Audi produces the A3, A3 Sportback, A3 Sportback e-tron and A3 Sportback g-tron at its headquarters in Ingolstadt (Germany). Since 2001, the brand expanded production of the A3 with the installation in Győr (Hungary), where he is currently a manufactured variant Sedan and Cabrio. In Foshan (China) produce units of the A3 Sportback and A3 Sedan are both sold locally.