Audi has been relatively tight-lipped about the 2012 A3, but the company has just unveiled the car's interior at the Consumers Electrics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Audi has been relatively tight-lipped about the 2012 A3, but the company has just unveiled the car's interior at the Consumers Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

As previewed by previous spy photos, the cabin has higher quality materials and an improved design. First and foremost, the dashboard is angled towards the driver so controls are easily accessible. There's also a new MMI control panel with a larger knob that incorporates a touchpad for handwriting recognition and precise clicks. Other highlights include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, circular air vents, a thin strip of aluminum trim and a pop-up infotainment system with a seven-inch display.

Speaking of the latter, it is being described as "German engineering meets Silicon Valley." Jointly developed with Nvidia, the new "modular infotainment platform" will utilize a dual-core Tegra 2 processor which is clocked at 1.2 GHz. It will be part of an MMX (Multi-Media eXtension) board that will be responsible for handling the car's internet, navigation and telephone functions. Later on, the system will be upgraded with a quad-core Tegra 3 processor which can be clocked at 1.4 GHz.

The A3 will also offer an optional Phone Box which "couples cell phones of any type to the vehicle perfectly." 

Audi declined to mention when the A3 will be unveiled, but we're expecting it to debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Regardless, the company said the model will be "launched in many countries very soon."

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