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Audi unveiled the 2013 A3 hatchback at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show today, showcasing a lighter and more efficient version of the company’s small three-door car, despite remaining almost exactly the same size.
The car will be available with two TFSI engines or a turbo diesel. All three engines were newly developed for the car and bundle efficiency technologies including direct injection, thermal management and fuel shutoff to discourage fuel thirst.
The TFSI engines offer customers the choice between a more conservative 122-hp 1.4-liter engine or sportier 180-hp 1.8-liter engine. TDI fans sit squarely in the middle in term of power, getting 150 hp from a 2.0-liter turbo diesel.
Efficiency is further helped by a chassis that loses more than 176 lbs as well as a covered underbody and engine compartment that reduce drag.
Customers will also enjoy the use of Audi connect, the company’s modular infotainment system which makes its debut in the new A3.
Aside from entertainment, the A3 comes with safety technology features like adaptive cruise control, Audi side assist which monitors traffic behind the vehicle and active lane assist.
GALLERY: 2013 Audi A3
Completely redesigned for the 2013 model year, the three-door Audi A3 has been revealed on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show. The A3 will be made available in the European market with engine choices of a 1.4L TFSI, 1.8L TFSI, and 2.0L TDI.
With the help of the new “Audi ultra” lightweight technology, the new A3 weighs in 176 lbs lighter than its outgoing predecessor. The 1.4L TFSI engine will have 122-hp, while the 1.8L TFSI will sport 180-hp. The turbodiesel powerplant will have 143-hp from its 2.0L offering. The German automaker also announced that the new powerplants average a 12-percent improvement in fuel efficiency.
Both the 1.4L TFSI and 2.0L TDI are mated to a six-speed manual transmission while the 1.8L features a seven-speed S tronic, twin-clutch transmission. Audi hopes to expand its engine lineup in the A3 with an efficient 1.6L TDI debuting later in 2012.
Pricing of the new A3 Hatchback will start at around $30,150 (£19,000) with deliveries in Europe beginning in September.
Audi is expected to deliver a sedan version of the A3 for North America.
GALLERY: 2013 Audi A3 Hatchback
A selection of leaked images are providing a clear picture of the next generation Audi A3 hatchback.
The photos, leaked by ZR.ru, clearly show Audi’s big hexagonal grille and the sharp lines running from where that mouth meets the pointed headlights, all the way to the windshield. Details on the car aren’t out yet, but should emerge in advance of its release expected later this year. Look for several diesel options for Europe, as well as Audi’s 2.0T gasoline engine.
The A3 is based on Volkswagen Group’s new MQB versatile platform, which is said to eventually become the underpinnings for as many as 60 models.
Traditionally, Audi always releases new products in Europe well ahead of bringing them stateside. In the past, we’ve reported that the A3 hatchback will actually be discontinued in the U.S. in favor of a more Americanized sedan.
In either case we’ll be watching to see what happens next. For now you can look at our gallery below and weigh in under the comments section.
GALLERY: 2013 Audi A3 Hatchback leaked
The Audi A3 was caught by our spy photographers undergoing winter testing in Sweden. Despite heavy camoflague, we already know what the next A3 will look like – look at any current Audi for clues to what the front and rear treatments will resemble.
The new A3 will come in three and five door variants (dubbed the Sportback) a convertible and interestingly, a sedan. Audi previewed the sedan at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, and while the production version may not be as radical as the awesome looking concept (which packed a 408-horsepower 5-cylinder engine and a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox), the car will definitely be attractive, and pack a full suite of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, dual clutch gearboxes and all-wheel drive.
North America will definitely get the sedan, and likely the five-door hatch, but we may not get the 3-door or ragtop versions, as those have previously been the exclusive domain of world markets.
Gallery: Audi A3 Spy Shots