Audi Reveals US A3 Sportback with Diesel Engine

Joins the sedan version to offer America a taste of a common European ingredient.

Who would expect American buyers to opt for a hatchback car, let alone a diesel one? Apparently, Audi thinks that US customers can grow up and become a little bit more European. The company has just unveiled the US-spec A3 TDI Sportback, which will launch on our shores in the summer of 2015. The 5-door hatch is powered by a 2.0-liter TDI clean-diesel engine, making 150 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque. That comes mated to a 6-speed S Tronic dual-clutch transmission.

With the addition of this model, the A3 family will include the sedan and convertible models, as well as a clean-diesel sedan model, the S3 Sedan and an A3 Sportback e-tron hybrid. According to Audi, the diesel engines will be 30 percent more efficient than gasoline equivalents while generating lower emissions. Audi will be showing the A3 Sportback TDI at the New York Auto Show this weekend.

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