2012 Audi A3 sedan is frugal with cylinder deactivation technology


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Talk about frugality, and you got yourself the new 2012 Audi A3 sedan. In addition to the standard engine variants, the new 2012 Audi A3 sedan will get a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine along with cylinder deactivation technology. Will there be power left at all from this small engine when the deactivation technology comes on?

We could imagine of cylinder deactivation technology on V6 and V8 engines, but from a small 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine? It is hard to imagine that there will be enough power left at all for a pleasant drive. Anyhow, the new 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine is rated at 138 horsepower. And to ensure maximum fuel efficiency, the new engine will be able to shut down cylinders according to driving conditions. For an instance, in a light load condition, two cylinders will be deactivated to conserve fuel. So we’re guessing, in a situation when you are driving by yourself, most of the time the engine is conserved to only to two engines, but as the moment you put the pedal to the metal, the other two engines will come on instantly.

Audi hasn’t released any details regarding the fuel conservation from this cylinder deactivation technology. The amount of fuel will be conserved with this new deactivation technology on the 2012 Audi A3 sedan is still up for real-world experience.

The next-generation 2012 Audi A3 sedan will be available in four variants, including three-door hatch and a cabriolet versions, four-door sedan, and five-door Sportback. These models will be built on the Volkswagen Group’s new MQB modular platform.

A few other other new fuel efficiency engines will be available for the new 2012 Audi A3 sedan as well, including a natural gas version and a new three-cylinder diesel variant.

The 2012 Audi A3 sedan is expected to be unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March, and hopefully Audi will release some real-world testing numbers on fuel conservation from the cylinder deactivation technology on the 1.4-liter four cylinder engine.