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Entry-level Audi A1 and A3 getting three-cylinder engines

It seems that the downsized trend which has already hit many automakers from various segments will soon have an impact on Audi as the company’s CEO has announced small three-cylinder engines will be offered for the A1 and A3. Needless to say, these tiny motors will power the entry-level versions of both models and will be offered as standard.

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler confirmed these three-cylinder engines will find their way onto U.S.-spec cars as well while models above the A3 will continue with four-cylinder and higher displacement engines since Audi believes customers might be reluctant to buying  a three-cylinder A4, for example. However, in the long run, Stadler says that it could happen taking into consider mid- and high-end models from 10-15 years ago came most of the time with six-cylinder engines and now a four-banger is the predominant choice.

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Audi A3 Sedan
Audi A3 Sedan

Volkswagen is already offering these small and frugal three-cylinder engines in a wide variety of models, starting with their own Polo but also in several Skoda and Seat models.

Aside from introducing three-cylinder engines, Stadler says Audi will continue focus on plug-in hybrid technology and one example is starting production of the A6 L e-tron later this year but only for the Chinese market.

via autoexpress.co.uk

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