New Audi A3 saloon gets mild hybrid and coupe looks

A controllable cooling-air inlet with two electrically actuated louvre modules behind the grille regulates the flow of air according to the situation. There are two other engine choices at launch: the same 35 TFSI with 148bhp but with a six-speed manual transmission and a 2.0-litre TDI diesel delivering 148bhp and paired with a seven-speed S tronic. This is largely attributed to a new, centralised dynamic handling system that ensures optimal interaction between all components. Also in the minimalist centre console isa round, sensory volume controller that reacts to circular finger movements. There is a 10.25in digital instrument display and a 10.1in infotainment touchscreen is angled slightly towards the driver, while a new climate control unit below it replaces rotary dials with buttons. The infotainment system, the third-generation MMI Navigation Plus, promises computer power 10 times better than that of its predecessor. Features include up to six user profiles, a wi-fi hotspot, online traffic information and improved natural voice control.