Just before the 2012 Geneva Motor Show kicked off, Audi unveiled its third generation A3. The car is 80 kg lighter than the previous generation A3 and is the first Volkswagen Group product based on the new MQB platform - a new front-wheel driven architecture that can be the base for cars ranging from the Polo to the Passat and everything in between. The MQB platform is likely to be more cost effective and will reduce inventory as well.
Audi will first launch the A3 with two TFSI powerplants - a 121 bhp 1.4-litre engine and a 178 bhp 1.8-litre engine too. The 1.8-litre engine comes mated to a seven speed twin-clutch S-tronic transmission, while the other engine comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. Audi will also launch a 1.6 TDI engine (also with a six-speed gearbox) that boasts fuel consumption of 74.3 mpg and CO2 figures of 99g/km. There will also be a Quattro four-wheel drive version of the A3.
While the new A3 looks sharper than the earlier version on the outside, the insides are minimalistic and clean. The A3, of course, has the latest version of Audi's MMI interface with a touchpad too. The car is 12 mm wider and 1mm shorter than the second-generation car, with a longer wheelbase. Bootspace increases to 365 litres, a full 15 litres more than the previous car.