- The 2015 Audi A3 Cabriolet, which will be sold in the U.S., was unveiled ahead of a formal debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
- "We have not announced (launch) timing or pricing," wrote Andrew Lipman, an Audi of America spokesman, in response to an Edmunds query.
- The redesigned A3 Cabriolet is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor.
"We have not announced (launch) timing or pricing," wrote Andrew Lipman, an Audi of America spokesman, in response to an Edmunds query.
The car goes on sale in Europe in March 2014.
The previous-generation Audi drop top was not sold in the U.S.
Audi of America has not confirmed engine options yet. European buyers will get three newly developed engines in the A3 Cabriolet, including a 1.4-liter four-cylinder TFSI engine and a 1.8-liter four-cylinder TFSI engine. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder TDI engine will also be offered. It is expected that the U.S. version of the A3 Cabriolet will be offered only with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The high-performance 2015 Audi S3 convertible is expected to be sold alongside the base model here.
The redesigned A3 Cabriolet is longer, lower and wider than its predecessor with a roomy trunk. Audi says the redesign gives the drop top a "more powerful stance." Exterior design cues include an aluminum-finished windshield.
It is also 110 pounds lighter than the outgoing model, which should translate to improved fuel economy.
The A3 Cabriolet has a fabric roof that opens or closes in 18 seconds at speeds of up to 31 mph.
High-end equipment includes Audi connect with 4G/LTE high-speed Internet connectivity.
Edmunds says: Audi rounds out its A3 portfolio in the U.S. with the addition of a convertible model.