The new three-door Audi A3 will cost from £19,205 and is available to order now ahead of UK sales in September.
Three spec options are offered – SE, Sport and S-line – as well as three engine choices, which initially include a 120bhp 1.4TFSI, 178bhp 1.8TFSI and 2.0TDI with 148bhp.
The 1.4TFSI and 2.0TDI versions are mated to a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while the 178bhp 1.8TFSI comes with a seven-speed S-tronic 'box.
A 99g/km CO2 1.6TDI will join the range at the end of the year, with a 1.4-litre TFSI with Cylinder on Demand technology due to hit showrooms in early 2013. Quattro all-wheel drive models will also make the A3 line-up.
Designed to be lighter on the scales than its predecessor, the entry-level three-door 1.4TFSI weighs in at 1175kg, some 80kg lighter than its equivalent outgoing brother.
Standard kit across the Audi A3 range comprises 16-inch alloys, an MMI radio with folding screen, air conditioning, Bluetooth and a multi-function steering wheel.
Above SE spec, Sport models add 17-inch alloys, Audi’s ‘adaptive dynamics system’ – which allows drivers to choose between Comfort, Auto, Dynamic, Efficiency and Individual driving modes – plus sports seats, climate control and flashes of aluminium inside and out.