New Audi A3 to battle BMW 1-Series at Geneva Motor Show in 2012 image

Audi is working intensely on a direct rival to the BMW 1-Series and the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class in the form of the A3 and the production version of the concept showed earlier this year will be officially presented at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show.

According to egmcartech.com, purchase the A3 Concept previewed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show will be officially presented at the same 2012 event as a production version in four body styles, including a Coupe, Convertible, Sedan and five-door sportback.

The production version of the Audi A3 is based on the new MQB modular platform architecture made by Volkswagen but don’t expect the new model to be cheap. Sadly there’s no word on what the production version of the A3 will pack under its hood or what its standard equipment will be either but this will most likely come to light next year, before the vehicle will be officially presented at the Geneva Motor Show.

As a reminder, the Audi A3 Concept presented earlier this year was powered by a 2.5 liter five-cylinder turbocharged FSI gasoline engine which was developing 408 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque, mated to a seven-speed S tronic automatic transmission which was sending power to all wheels, enabling the car to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in just 4.2 seconds and giving it a top speed of 155 mph.