The official reveal of the 2013 Audi A3 will be early next week at the Geneva but I found some leaked pictures of the hatchback and I like it! The US will definitely see the sedan and possibly only the sedan version. This is also the first VW product to be built on the new MBQ chassis which will underlie the mk7 Golf. The TDI engine will return but mpg and other specs aren't yet known. I'll update this thread as more info comes out and is confirmed. The overall size is similar to the B5 Audi A4, the car that let Audi succeed today so I think they have a winner. The current A4 has gotten much larger and really expensive. The interior was revealed at the consumer electronics show so there are some things which have been confirmed. Some new features: the MMI controller finally makes it to the A3. This was previously only on A4 and above. I've owned the RNS 315, RNS 510, and the RCD 510 and have to say that the MMI interface is better. The screen is higher which means head down time is slightly less and more in line with what you should really be paying attention to, the road ahead. The touchscreen on the VW units is also harder to use than the feedback from a controller because you have to look at the screen to use it. MMI usually controls the climate and convenience features. Audi does put some redundant knobs for the climate on the console. One nice feature is that the top of the controller is a touchpad which lets you input letters and numbers. The next generation of VW interfaces will use capacitive touchscreens (like an iphone) but it looks like Audi is sticking with MMI. VW's press release says "Moreover, customers will have the ability to procure and install navigation card updates free-of-charge." I find this hard to believe since they're charging $200 a pop now for an update. Maybe it'll be a $1000 lifetime subscription or something like that. One really cool feature is the phone box in the center console - it's no longer just a space for the docking cable. The base will have a booster signal to the car's external antenna for better reception. Some features that differentiate it from VW will be the availability of HID headlights (who knows if they'll be on the next Golf) and color MFD screen. I'm glad to see a full sized MFD screen vs. the small screen on the current A3. It also has those exhaust duct shaped vents. While this is a matter of taste, it's a bit out of place for me and is the one poorly designed area on the interior. A little more about the MBQ chassis - this will under ride the next A3, Jetta, Golf, Touran, Tiguan, Passat, and CC. This allows VW to build any of these models on the same assembly line and reduce parts specific to one chassis. The A3 will get it first, followed by the mk7 Golf. The base chassis is about 40 lbs lighter and the mk7 Golf is supposed to be about the same weight as the mk4 Golf. VW says that all MBQ chassis cars will be at least 88 lbs (40 kg) lighter than their previous versions. I'll save you looking up the specs, the mk4 Golf was about 2800 lbs and the mk6 Golf is 3000 lbs (2,994 lbs for both the 2 and 4 door which is obviously a mistake on VW's website). So as a guess the mk7 Golf will weigh about 2850-2900 lbs. MBQ also adds a few nice features: one is multicollision brake - after getting hit the car will automatically apply the brakes to reduce secondary collisions. It's limited to .6G of braking so you should still have some control even if it's activated. If the accelerator pedal is pressed or brake pedal is pressed harder than for a .6G brake then it's deactivated. Then it turns off at 6 mph so the car can still glide a little off the road. (I'd think you want to stop completely) There'll be a few features which I suspect will be Euro only or only on the A3 like adaptive cruise control, lane assist, and fatigue detection. These are typically part of the prestige trim level or optional in addition to that. There's also supposed to be VAQ on some models. This is a real torque vectoring electronic differential lock with hydraulically operated multi-plate couplers instead of the current GTI's "fake-LSD" XDS system which just uses the brakes to slow the inside wheel. VW says that the new EA288 engine series which replaces the current EA189 engine series will have "performance gains of up to 12 per cent; in certain drivetrain configurations the improvement is as much as 26 per cent". This doesn't mean that the CJAA engine in US spec TDI will be 12% better, just that some engines in this family will have up to 12% more performance and one with 26%. Total emissions were reduced by up to 45% in the Euro-6 emissions version. Some highlights: internal friction improvements, less parasitic losses (two stage oil pump), and separate coolant loops for the head and crankcase. This allows faster warm up and I suspect is one major source of the reduced emissions (most emissions are during cold operation before the emissions system warms up and the engine tightens up). One weird thing - VW said this in their release: "Having a positive effect on acoustic comfort are the toothed belt drive of the oil and vacuum pumps operating in the oil sump and the encapsulated injection nozzles". These are definitely the S-line seats with custom interior color. The 18" wheels are also an S-line option. The pop up display and duct vents are too much. I'd prefer just the pop up display and flush vents. The chrome rings don't help. I do appreciate the trend away from the huge side pods that are currently used on many cars for their displays. They eat up a ton of space and are quite hideous. On a side note, you can forget replacing the radio.