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SPIED: 2012 Audi A3

2012-01-10 09:45

COMING SOON: The next-generation of Audi's A3 is about the break cover.

The new Audi A3 is shaping up, and our spies have caught it on the road.

In a look that is similar to the recently facelifted A5 and all-new A6, these pictures show a fresh family face for the hatchback, with stepped headlights, an oversized grille and sharply creased bonnet.

And underneath the metal, the production version of the A3 will be the first car to sit on the VW Group’s all-new MQB platform. Although these shots show the three-door model only, Audi has confirmed that sedan, five-door Sportback, Cabriolet and Avant models will also join the line-up.


Audi A3 spyshots

EXPANSION DRIVE: The next A3 line-up will be expanded to include sedan and Avant wagon models.

Significant use of aluminium and lightweight steels means the new A3 hatchback could weigh up to 80 kg less than the outgoing version.

Audi previously revealed that the interior of the new A3 will see a step up in quality over its predecessor and will take inspiration from the popular A1 and A6. Expect to see eyeball-style air-vents and oversized switches, with high-quality materials used throughout. Audi’s new MMI system – which incorporates a touchpad in the top of the rotary selector – will also feature.

The engine line-up is set to include turbocharged petrols, ranging from a 78kW 1.2 to a 157kW 2.0-litre unit, plus 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesels. An eco model will deliver CO2 emissions of around 89g/km.

The all-new Audi A3 is expected to arrive in South Africa in 2012.

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