Audi has previewed the interior for the forthcoming A3 with a host of new technology

The interior of the new Audi A3 has been previewed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, ahead of the car’s debut at the Geneva motor show in March.

The dashboard, which closely resembles that of the Audi A1 supermini, features a range of new technology which will be available in the 2013 A3.

Audi’s MMI terminal has been completely redeveloped, and is now narrower to fit the slim transmission tunnel of the forthcoming A3. The system centres around the touchwheel, which combines the wheel function of the current MMI with the touchpad functionality fitted to the A6 and A8. It enables the operator to ‘write’ characters by finger movement.

Two rocker switches are ahead of the touchwheel; one operating the telephone and navigation and the other controlling the media and radio systems. Four softkeys to the side of the wheel navigate through the menus and two behind the wheel directly access the main menus. A separate volume control with skip function completes the interface.

The structure of the menu system has been revised. The player and media centre are clearly separated and song titles, albums and artists can be located via a free text search.

Information is displayed on a new monitor, which slides out of the dashboard. The iPhone-influenced screen features LED backlighting and in an industry first, delivers 3D graphics.

The new MMI has been designed to remove risk of obsolescence by incorporating a new Multi Media eXtension (MMX) board, which uses flash memory to make updating easy. The board itself can also be replaced.

Optionally available will be Audi Phone Box, which utilises contactless technology to improve phone connectivity. In the future, Audi hopes to introduce contactless charging.

A head-up display will be offered, projecting key information to appear 2.3 metres ahead of the driver. Future displays will project navigation data in the correct position in the real world environment. As a driver approaches a junction, the HUD will display a transparent route arrow precisely at the real junction. At a distance of 10 metres, the arrow will appear the same size as a physical arrow on the pavement.

Other developments will enable the car to show the direction the road will take after a hillcrest, the distance to the car ahead and the direction pedestrians in the road are heading.

An electromagnetic parking brake replaces the manual handbrake on the current car.

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11 January 2012

It shows how much effort manufacturers like Audi are putting in to their in car electronics now-a-days, when they decide to launch a new interior at an electronics show, rather than the motor show that is (relatively) being held along the street.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

11 January 2012

I do find this focus on infotainment out of kilter . I mean you get all these snazzy electronic gismos that I am sure are fine for some then they get the driving position fundamentaly wrong like grossly offset pedals in the A4.

Perhaps manufacturers need to realise the prime purpose of a car is getting from A to B in comfort and the gismos are entirely secondary .

11 January 2012

[quote TegTypeR]when they decide to launch a new interior at an electronics show[/quote]

It's interesting that it also looks like a cross between the Jaguar XJ and BMW 3 Series.

11 January 2012

Speaking as the owner of a current A3, I like it. Looks easy enough to use without having loads of buttons. Positioning of the volume control right by the passengers knee strikes me as a little odd though. Looking at the on-screen graphics, they seem to have revealed what the new 3 door car is going to look like in standard, production form (i.e. exactly how you'd expect it to look).

11 January 2012

The similarities with the Giulietta are obvious, if not striking.

11 January 2012

Yes, It looks good (as almost all audi interiors do) but do we really need "3D graphics" etc. I want a display that is simple to read, with information already avalible when I look. I don't want to faff around with a touch wheel just to change a song/artist etc.

I literally couldn't beleive my eyes on pic 2 "Facebook - See what your friends are doing"

NO- how about I DO NOT see what my firends are up to, and concentrate on driving my car safely. I'm not going to die if I don't know what my friend has just burnt in the microwave, however I am likely to die trying to write a "status update" on a bloody touchpad while on the motorway.

/rant over

Myk

11 January 2012

Nice interior. Could I take mine in a car other than an Audi please?

11 January 2012

[quote Baller]

I literally couldn't beleive my eyes on pic 2 "Facebook - See what your friends are doing"

NO- how about I DO NOT see what my firends are up to, and concentrate on driving my car safely. I'm not going to die if I don't know what my friend has just burnt in the microwave, however I am likely to die trying to write a "status update" on a bloody touchpad while on the motorway.

/rant over

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I read in AE the other day how you can compose a text in your Skoda Superb using the central screen touch pad, whilst you are driving along.

Audi, Skoda and Toyota are on the list of companies who will never get my money, as they are obviously more interested in sales figures and profit before basic road safety.

11 January 2012

"I do find this focus on infotainment out of kilter . I mean you get all these snazzy electronic gismos that I am sure are fine for some then they get the driving position fundamentaly wrong like grossly offset pedals in the A4.

Perhaps manufacturers need to realise the prime purpose of a car is getting from A to B in comfort and the gismos are entirely secondary ."

You sound right, but in fact you are absolutly wrong.

Showroom appeal!

That`s why shoddy cars now come with fog lights surrounded by chrome (fog lights on their own are already 100% pointless...). And let`s not talk about rear & quarter windows darkned and in keeping with the mood, door handles in contrast color... all that available right next at the most insuspicious dealer.

Funny that you mention the A4, but taking into account that, after Germany and China, UK takes the seat, well ahead of US as the greatests markets for Audi, old chap, looks like that you are alone on that.

11 January 2012

Glad someone else noticed the XJ influence. I think Jaguar and Audi are putting together the most attractive interiors of all of the main manufacturers. This is a cut above for a small car.

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