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Audi rolls out A3 lineup at the LA Show: A3 sedan and cabriolet, S3 and A3 e-tron plug-in are coming to our beginning in 2014

There s about German automakers and proliferation—it seems that if is a niche to be filled, no matter how small, a vehicle will be to fill it. If no niche is extant, ll simply invent one, is how we wound up with the unprompted X6 .

s new A3 lineup, which debuted at the Los auto show and will its 18 month-long North American spring 2014, seems rational by comparison. It would be to call the Audi A3 a direct to Mercedes affordable-luxury CLA. but s not quite true: Although got a taste of the Benz offering Audi has been producing and five-door A3s for nearly two decades was even an oddly proportioned for a time).

Yet the A3 lineup is expanding to include a for the first time, and there s no that the fleshed out range is is a Big for Audi. Comparisons to the CLA are easy to packing transverse-mounted, inline-four and featuring standard front-wheel configurations all-wheel drive is compacts are efficient and relatively to manufacture. (For its part, BMW has that it follow up with a FWD in a few years.)

An even bigger than the A3 itself, especially the broader Volkswagen Group are its new underpinnings: the so-called MQB architecture. by an increasingly wide range of including the Mk. VII Golf. The MQB system, is really more of a set of standardized blocks than a platform, for further cost savings and in German style permits a limitless range of potential styles.

The third-generation A3 hatchbacks kicked off s MQB binge, but there are plenty of flavors to come beyond the A3 sedan. Here s what we saw at the LA show:

It s all new, but the A3 sedan looks very familiar: It s styling is right in line the rest of the As, and with its 103.4 wheelbase and 175.5 inch it s virtually the same size as the A4 .

Power comes from or 2.0-liter turbocharged inline (producing 170 and 220 hp, respectively) or 150 hp 2.0-liter A six-speed dual-clutch is the only option.

Inside, you ll find a interior largely devoid of plastic at least in any area e likely to touch. Technological like a retractable 7-inch screen are found across the and the A3 lineup will also be the to get in-car 4G LTE wireless connectivity. boasts that this cellular connection will programs like Google to load faster, but we know the demographic this car seeks to to will appreciate the Twitter function.

The A3 sedan will go on sale 2014; expect to pay $29,900 for a model. The A3 Cabriolet, which two doors along with its comes along a little The ragtop should show up next year, just in for a crisp autumn drive.

one rung up the sportiness ladder the vanilla A3 is the performance-minded S3 sedan. It its edge thanks to 19-inch a rear-lip spoiler and a revised and, of course, a hotter turbocharged inline-four (290 hp larger brakes, a dynamic adjustment system and a sport that lets the car s body sit one closer to the ground than of the regular A3.

For now, a six-speed dual-clutch be the only transmission offered, but a gearbox with the same of gears may become an option if is deemed high enough. s still some time to the letter writing campaign if you must have that the S3 is expected to go on sale here in the half of 2014.

The A3 Sportback ought to look familiar to Audi aficionados. After the five-door was the only A3 variant the has ever offered stateside. the hatch is coming back 2015, but there s a catch: It s as a plug-in hybrid (Audi s it packing both a 150 hp 1.4-liter gasoline engine and a 75 kW electric

All in all, the system is rated at 201 hp and 258 of torque—good for a 7.6 second 0-60 Take it easy on the accelerator and the art of regenerative braking, and you could the equivalent of 156.81 mpg (at least the European testing cycle). range is 31 miles; you can top off its 8.8 kWh battery in 2.5 hours.

There are no pricing available yet, but one thing s for Audi hasn t taken the of other hybrid-builders, who often to cheapen the interior to keep the down. Whatever the Sportback ends up costing, at least we it gets the same build and quality of the other A3s, with features like retractable infotainment screen.

The LA Auto Show has long as a spotlight for green cars, and a place to unveil new hybrid and vehicles. We ll have photos, and complete coverage of all the manufacturer and top news from this s LA Auto Show right so check back often.

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