Following the BMW 1-Series and the new Mercedes B-Class, Audi has just come out with their contender in the premium compact category with the launch of the new A3 at the Geneva Motor Show.

The third generation of the three-door model is the first to break cover in Switzerland.

Compared to its predecessor, the all new A3 is lighter and more efficient, despite having virtually identical dimensions thanks to the use of lightweight aluminum panels.

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The single-frame radiator grille that is typical of Audi dominates the look of the front end, and as before in higher specification models it is flanked by xenon headlamps with LED daytime running lamps, the latest versions featuring a new ‘clasp-like’ solid band which surrounds more of the lens. In profile, the pronounced tornado line – a classic element of Audi design – gives structure to the area below the windows, and above the sills a dynamic line rises sharply upward.

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The new Audi A3 will launch with three four-cylinder engines: a 1.4-liter TFSI engine, a 1.8-liter TFSI engine and a 2.0-liter TDI with power outputs of 122PS, 180PS and 143PS respectively. The 1.8 liter TFSI gets a dual clutch S tronic gearbox as standard while the 1.4 TFSI and 2.0 liter TDI engines get six speed manual transmissions. Compared with the previous model, the new range of engines offer fuel economy improvements averaging 12 per cent.