Although the 2013 A3 made its unofficial Internet appearance a couple of weeks ago, we’re now seeing the fruits of Audi’s labor for the first time here at Geneva Motor Show. With 42 models in its lineup, the Ingolstadt brand didn’t want its stalwart and next-smallest car to get lost in the traffic, so it’s thrown quite a bit of goodness into the mix.
The overall size is just about the same, but the wheelbase and interior dimensions have grown. Even so, the new A3 has lost weight to the tune of 176 pounds, meaning the 1.4 TFSI model weighs just 2,590 pounds. That 122-horsepower 1.4-liter engine will be one of three offered at launch, along with a 180-hp 1.8-liter TFSI and a 2.0-liter TDI with 150 hp and 236 pound-feet of torque, all driven through the front wheels. Quattro versions come later “for more powerful engines,” as will alternative-fuel powerplants. Shifting will come in either five-speed manual or six-speed S-tronic forms.
Technological conveniences once found only in major-league sedans have made their way to the thick end, with the A3 offering adaptive cruise control, an evolution of park assist and a 17-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo.
See below for all the details you might ever want on the new A3, and have a gander at it in the huge galleries of both stock and live images.