Audi A3 facelift begins testing

Audi A3 facelift begins testing

The A3 sedan was globally unveiled in 2013. Although not too much time has passed since then, Audi seems prepared to launch a facelifted version of the sedan. Spy shots of a camouflaged A3 undergoing test runs have been released on the internet and from what it reveals, the car has received quite a few noticeable updates.

At the front, the prominent changes include a new front bumper, a wider grille and restyled headlights that are similar to the ones on Audi A4, that was recently introduced in some global markets. The spy pictures do not reveal any changes at the back, but this being a test mule it’s possible for the production version to receive cosmetic tweaks. On the inside, it will receive a few trim and upholstery updates. The facelift A3 is expected to get a digital instrument cluster along with an upgraded infotainment system.

The updated A3 model is likely to retain the engines from the current car. There’s a 177bhp 1.8-litre TFSI direct-injection turbo-petrol motor mated to a seven-speed gearbox and a 141bhp 2.0-litre diesel engine paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox. However, unconfirmed reports suggest that the car could also get a new turbocharged 1.8-litre engine that produces 190bhp and has cylinder-deactivation technology.

Audi hasn’t revealed any details officially, but as per reports the car could be unveiled at the 2016 Paris motor show.