It’s really no surprise that the North American Audi A3 will only be getting one engine option. Us ‘Mericans never really get the full engine portfolio of German brands. For Audi’s smaller models, we usually only get one engine for each car. The A3, A4, Q3 and Q5 are all only available with one engine. In the case of the next-gen A3, it will be a 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder.
We don’t know the exact power figures just yet but expect it to have a little over 200 horsepower, as it’s likely not going to get the same 248 horsepower version as the A4 Quattro. Still, it will be punchy enough. That engine will also be mated to another seven-speed dual-clutch auto, which is really nice as it provides snappier gear changes over its competitors’ slushbox automatics.
Most interesting about the new Audi A3, though, is the fact that it’s going to be a MHEV (Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle). So it should to get a 48-volt electrical system, along with a BAS (Battery Alternator Starter). The latter of which is essentially a small electric motor connected to the crankshaft via pulley and powered by the 48-volt system.
A BAS can add a bit of power directly to the crank, thus reducing a bit of turbo-lag low down in the rev range, a common complaint of many current Audi engines. It allows allows the engine to completely shut down at highway cruising speed and is capable of turning the engine’s crank on its own, to allow the car to continue to cruise without using any fuel. That’s pretty fancy tech for the segment.
The North American Audi A3 will come front-wheel drive as standard but will have all-wheel drive as an option. Sadly, no manual option will be available for the North American market.
[Source: Car Scoops]