New details and imagery has hit the Internet for the upcoming Audi A3 model, set to hit the market later next year.
The German automaker completely revamped their compact three-door premium hatchback model, which is not in its third generation. It boasts a revamped 121-horsepower 1.4-liter TFSI four-cylinder gas engine, plus an upgraded 177-hp 1.8-liter. Later, Audi plans to launch a five-door Sportback, featuring a new 2.0-liter TFSI gas engine for the next S3, and an ultra-efficient 1.6-liter TDI. Then, in the future, the 2.5-liter TFSI five-cylinder will go into an RS3.
The 2013 A3 is nearly 200 pounds lighter than previous models which leads to better handling without sacrificing strength, thanks to its aluminum-steel construction. Inside, all on-board connectivity systems are no longer Windows-based. Instead, it uses a QNX proprietary system developed with German group Harman Becke.
According to AutoBlog.com, the next Audi A3 won’t hit the U.S. until October 2013. However, it will be available in a five-door Sportback model, as well as a new four-door small sedan. The hatchback (show above) will begin deliveries in Europe this summer.