Thursday, 23 February 2012

Audi A3 Images leaked ahead of Geneva Motor Show 2012 - Images

Images of the new Audi A3 appear to have been leaked on the internet – two weeks ahead of it planned debut at the Geneva motor show.

We already knew that the new Audi A3 was slated to make its official debut at the Geneva show and had gotten a glimpse at the car’s interior, but now we have the full monty. Thanks to Russian news site ZR.RU, images and details of Audi’s new compact hatch have leaked online. Previewed by the A3 Concept at last year’s Geneva show, the all-new A3 maintains the Four Rings’ corporate six-sided grille and front and rear LED running lights. The interior is decked out in black leather with contrasting bright orange stitching and bolsters. Dressing up the A3′s design are wheels that mimic the five-spoke grey alloy wheels, which are also found across Audi’s RS lineup.

The new Audi A3 is also the first car to ride on Volkswagen Group’s new modular MQB platform that will underpin the majority of future VW models, ranging from the subcompact Polo up to the midsize Passat.

The images include cabin images, confirming rumours that the next A3 makes a bigger step inside than out. The new fascia appears smaller than before, freeing up cabin space, and the sat-nav screen looks as though it emerges from a slot in the top of the dashboard. After it is deployed, the screen will ‘float’ above the fascia in a manner that's similar to systems in more expensive Audis such as the A7.

Other features include a further development of the A1-esque circular air vents, and cupholders sited in front of the gearlever, almost underneath the dashboard. There’s also one notable absentee – a handbrake lever – suggesting that the A3 is switching to a button-operated electric brake.

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