Audi’s newly newly re-designed Audi A3 is going to be revealed at this week’s Geneva Motor Show, but Audi has released images and details before the car’s official unveiling.
Keeping in line with current styling trends, the new A3 sports minimized projector headlights, larger front vents and a more aggressively styled front end. The car looks to have more pronounced character lines across the door, giving the restyled A3 a sense of speed and motion, even while standing still.
Inside, Audi’s MMI controller interface has been redesigned to be smaller. The system will concentrate on the touchwheel, which combines the touch-pad features of the A6 and A6 with the scroll wheel currently used on the A3. The new system will enable users to write characters with finger motions.
If there’s bad news for driving enthusiasts, it’s this: Audi has replaced the A3’s traditional handbrake with an electromagnetic parking brake. In other words, you’ll need to perfect your “Scandinavian flick” technique instead of relying on the parking brake to initiate tail-out cornering.
Two rocker switches will be used to control operation of the telephone, navigation, media and radio settings. Softkeys located next to the touchwheel can be used to scroll through available menus, which are depicted using the industry’s first 3D graphics.