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by Brett Davis

Audi has been spotted testing a prototype version of the upcoming 2013 Audi A3 hatch in freezing winter conditions in northern Sweden. The new model will be built on Volkswagen’s new MQB platform, also underpinning the next Volkswagen Golf.

The new A3 will showcase updated styling across all exterior panels. Despite the disorienting colour scheme, you can make out most of the contours and some of the front end details.

The 2013 Audi A3 will get fresh headlights, matching the company’s latest design theme with a line of LEDs along the top edge and a slightly scalloped bottom edge. The new A3 will also feature a larger mouth and grille fascia over the current model.

As for the powertrains, the 2013 Audi A3 range will consist of an all-turbocharged engine line-up including diesel to petrol variants and the new 1.4-litre TFSI four-cylinder unit with cylinder deactivation technology. More powerful S3 and RS 3 models also expected to join the line-up down the track.

The new model will reportedly be slightly longer in the wheelbase, offering increased cabin space, and will come in three-door hatch, five-door Sportback, convertible, and four-door sedan body styles.

Some reports suggest the 2013 Audi A3 will be unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show in March, although we believe it will debut in production form at the 2012 Paris Motor Show later in the year. It should go on sale in Australia in 2013.




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