2009 Audi A3

David Yochum

America will see a newly refreshed German five-door this fall.

Audi has announced its 2009 A3 hits U.S. shores with a redesigned front clip, optional bi-xenon headlights with LED running lights, a modified rear bumper and taillights, new door handles, and new wheels. The A3 will also boast two engine choices - a 200-hp, 2.0-liter TFSI, and a 250-hp, 3.2-liter six-cylinder - both available with Audi's S-tronic dual-clutch transmission and new magnetic ride adaptive shock absorber control system.

The A3's interior gets new color and trim options, as well as an up-shift light. Adding the optional sport suspension will make the A3 more aggressive and will lower the car by little more than one-half inch.

The 2009 Audi A3 will offer the 2.0-liter TFSI and AWD for the first time, but buyers will not be able to get the 2.0-liter TFSI with a manual transmission and AWD in the U.S.

Pricing and equipment for the new A3 haven't been finalized, but the car should be available this fall.

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