Production Audi A3 to debut at 2012 Geneva Motor Show, four body styles expected

At the 2011 Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, Audi surprised the world with the new A3 Concept, a production version of which is expected to debut at the 2012 show.

Power for the quattro all-wheel-drive Audi A3 Concept comes from a 2.5L 5-cylinder turbocharged FSI gasoline engine making 408-hp and a peak torque of 368 lb-ft. Mated to a 7-speed S tronic automatic transmission, the A3 Concept runs from 0 to 62 mph in 4.1 seconds with an electronically governed top speed of 155 mph.

Pretty exciting right? While we’re not sure it will come like that in production-spec, a new report suggests that the A3 will indeed be offered in at least four body styles. Why? Well, because BMW is doing it with the 1 Series and Mercedes is going to be offering many variants of the new A-Class.

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The production Audi A3 will be based on Volkswagen Group’s new MQB modular platform architecture, making the possibility of other A3 variants a no-brainer.

According to Audi’s chief designer Stefan Sielaff, the A3 will be offered in four body styles including a Coupe, Convertible, Sedan and a five-door sportback.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Auto Motor und Sport