Judging from this released photo, the new A3 is more angular than its predecessors. The LED headlights are borrowed from the facelifted A5 and the new A6. The front grille gets Audi’s new clipped top corners and the usual chrome trimming.
A sloping roof line gives the car a more sportier and aggressive contour. On the sides, the crease line that runs from the back to the front (known as the “tornado line”) will be featured on all A3 variants.
Audi’s high quality interior build have been praised by many, especially in their A1 and new A6 models, and Audi intends to continue with that high quality in the A3. A soft-touch dashboard and high quality materials will be included while some interior parts, such as the air-con vents, will be lifted from the A1.
One of the high-tech gadgets that Audi will include is a satellite navigation system that displays satellite images taken from Google Maps and it will have an internet connection as well. The car will get several petrol turbo engines which comprises of 1.2, 1.4, 1.8 and 2.0 litres, delivering power outputs ranging from 105bhp to 210bhp.
Audi plans to include an all electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid versions which will be released in late 2013 and will hit showrooms by early 2014. Audi did not released further information on these versions’ engines but the A3 sedan concept used a 211bhp 1.4 TFSI petrol engine with a 27bhp electric motor.
The new Audi A3 will use Volkswagen’s new MQB chassis, which the next-generation Golf will use as well. The new MQB chassis will improve handling and driving comfort due to its reduction in weight and improved agility and it will be applied on both two and four wheel drive versions. On top of that, Audi’s Drive Select and adaptive dampers will be offered as options.
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