After three years on the market, Audi introduced a facelifted version for its compact-segment contender, the A3, and the Cabriolet version received more features.
There was an increased demand for convertibles and, even though it wasn’t a big market, it was essential to a brand image, especially for a premium carmaker. With its image still damaged by the Dieselgate, Audi tried to make a good impression and revived the A3 lineup introducing cleaner engines.
Audi installed new LED signature daytime running lights inside the standard Xenon headlights. The Matrix LED headlamps were offered as an option for the first time in the A3 lineup. Their sharp design with angular lines stood on the sides of the massive, singleframe grille. Its body-colored door-mirrors were offered as silver on the S-line package. In the back, the twin-exhausts with round tips completed the car’s premium status.
Inside, the A3 Cabriolet featured a 2+2 interior, with limited legroom for the rear passengers due to its 2.6 m (102.2”) wheelbase. There was a new MMI (Multi Media Infotainment) unit with a 7” screen that popped-up from the dashboard. Depending on the options, the A3 offered a cloth or leather-clad interior.
The carmaker installed a wide choice of powertrains for the A3 Cabriolet. It started with a 116 hp 1.4-liter gasoline engine and went all the way up to a 190 hp 2.0-liter TFSI unit. Despite the Dieselgate scandal, Audi offered two turbo-diesel versions for the A3 Cabriolet. A front or all-wheel-drive system was available for selected engines.