Audi didn't want to wait anymore and unveiled its 2013 A3 Sportback a few days before its official debut at the Paris Auto Show. The third-generation five-door Sportback has much in common with its three-door sibling: both vehicles include a new retractable LED display and revolutionary heads-up display that allows driver to be aware of the distance to the vehicle ahead, as well as the direction a pedestrian is walking, or the changes in vehicle direction. Unlike its sibling, the A3 Sportback has longer a wheelbase and is equipped with an additional window on the C-pillar and brushed aluminum roof rails. The new vehicle is less heavy too. Now, it weighs almost 200 pounds less than the previous model.
The new 2013 Audi Sportback features a bi-fuel powertrain as part of the Audi e-Gas project. The vehicle runs on a synthetic natural gas, the so-called ''carbon-neutral'' fuel, which Audi produces itself. However, the vehicle also includes a gasoline tank. That allows drivers to switch between this two fuels while driving. There were some gear changes made to the A3 too. Depending on the engine type, it can be mated to either a dual-clutch with either six or seven gears or manual six-speed transmission.
The details are vague, but according to Audi USA Corporate Communications manager Brad Stertz, the new Audi A3 won't come to the USA. Instead of it, a stylish 4-door sedan will become available sometime next year as a 2014 model.