Audi has unveiled its most efficient version of the A3 ever at the Frankfurt motor show – but there’s no confirmation yet on whether or not the model will be sold in the UK.
Called the Audi A3 Ultra, the model uses a 108bhp 1.6 TDI engine for impressive claimed combined economy of 88.3mpg and CO2 emissions rated at 85g/km. The A3 Ultra is effectively Audi’s version of the Volkswagen Golf Bluemotion.
An Audi spokesman told Autocar that the model would not be sold in the UK in its present specification as the standard equipment levels – including steel wheels – of the model fell below the standard Audi presently offers in the UK.
However, should the model be homologated on different wheels more in line with what Audi UK currently offers, then the model would be sold here, even if the CO2 emissions figure was increased slightly.
Ultra is the name Audi has given its lightweight construction programme, but its appearance on a model indicates it could be used as a catch-all term for its fuel-saving technologies in showrooms.