The 2013 Audi A3 was revealed today at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show, but its new design was not a surprise anymore due to the leaked images showed by a Russian website. As you can see from the photos, the new car features a new front end with new headlights as well as a redesigned rear. Only as an option, the car becomes more attractive thanks to xenon plus technology together with LED daytime running lights; in this case, the taillights are also equipped with LEDs.
Audi also promises full LED headlights in the near future. The dimensions of the new car remain the same, but the wheelbase grew to 2.60 meters (8.53 feet). If the exterior doesn’t bring too much, the interior of the new A3 was completely redesigned and features four round air vents, a color display of the driver information system (offered as standard on the Ambition and Ambiente equipment lines), as well as the well-know Audi quality.
The new electromechanical parking brake creates space on the console over the center tunnel for the terminal of the optional MMI operating system. The A3 can be equipped as an option with the electrically retractable MMI monitor. Thanks to the new electromechanical parking brake, a space was created on the center console over the center tunnel for the terminal of the optional MMI operating system.
This helps the model equipped with MMI navigation plus with MMI touch, as the upper side of its rotary pushbutton is designed as a touchpad. The new Audi A3 will be offered in Attraction, Ambition and Ambiente equipment lines and customers can choose from among many sporty and convenient options that extend up to adaptive lighting, magnetic ride suspension and a panoramic glass sunroof.
As you can see, the brand new Audi A3 wants to be the perfect rival for the 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class and will offer premium sound system from Bang & Olufsen (as an option), as well as the Bluetooth online car phone with WLAN hotspot. The new Audi A3 will launch with three four-cylinder engines, all of which are essentially new developments - two TFSI engines and a TDI powerplant.
The smallest petrol engine will be the 1.4 TFSI delivering 90 kW (122 hp) while the more powerful 1.8 TFSI engine will deliver 132 kW (180 hp). The “classic”2.0-liter TDI engine will deliver 110 kW or 150 hp. The 1.8 TFSI will be offered as standard with a standard seven-speed S tronic, while the 1.4 TFSI and 2.0 TDI are paired with a six-speed manual gearbox. For the moment Quattro permanent all-wheel drive system will not be available, as it will follow over the course of the next few months. The new car will go on sale this spring and the base price will be 21,600 euros in Germany.