Geneva: 2013 Audi A3 revealed image

The new generation of the Audi A3has been recently presented to the public at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

After being teased for a few times and with the model even leaking and showing us its shape from almost any angle, the new generation of the Audi A3 is finally here, and the Geneva Motor Show has been chosen by the German based automaker in order to present it. According to the car manufacturer, this is actually the first vehicle to use the new MQB platform (Modular Transverse Matrix) which will underpin more future models, such as the next-gen VW Golf.

Audi says that the three-door version will be the first one to make its appearance, and the model will be 80 kg (176 lbf) lighter than the variant it replaces. The 2013 Audi A3 is 4,237 mm long, 1,777 mm wide and 1,421 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,601 mm (+23 mm).

Under the hood, the 2013 Audi A3 will be available with only three engines at the time of its launch, the 1.4 liter TFSI entry-level, which will generate 121 horsepower 200 Nm (148 lb-ft) of torque, the 1.8 liter TFSI, which is developing a total output of 177 horsepower and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque and a 2.0 liter TDI diesel unit, coming with 148 horsepower and 320 Nm of torque (236 lb-ft) and offering a fuel economy figure of 3.8 l/100 km (61.90 mpg US). The 2013 Audi A3 will have a starting price of 21,600 euros when it will hit the German dealerships in spring.