Audi A3 concept goes saloon and sporty

With a clear eye on the American market (which is not so smitten by hatchbacks as we are in Europe) Audi has taken a new four-door saloon concept, based on the A3, to the Geneva Motor Show.

Audi A3 Concept

As well as trialling a saloon based on the A3, the concept presents a sharper sporting edge with a 2.5-litre 408PS five-cylinder FSI engine giving the concept a quite startling 0-62mph time of just 4.1 seconds. Fuel economy is said to be 31mpg combined, with emissions of 212g/km CO2.

Helping the efficiency is a relatively low 1,540kg kerb weight, thanks to the use of aluminium for some of the body and the use of CFRP. The in-car technology includes the debut of a new generation MMI (multi media interface) which accesses Google services such as maps and also WLAN hotspots.
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