Engineers from Audi are out testing prototypes for a brand new era of the A1 subcompact hatchback.
The present A1 debuted in 2010 and sadly was by no means supplied in the USA. We’re afraid there’s additionally little probability we’ll see the redesigned mannequin as Audi has dominated out launching something smaller than the A3 in these elements. (That’s why we additionally miss out on the Q2 SUV.)
In comparison with the present A1, the redesigned mannequin skips the bubble form in favor of a extra typical hatchback design and extra inflexible strains. The wheelbase has additionally been stretched in an effort to up house within the cabin.
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The car is twinned beneath the pores and skin with a redesigned Volkswagen Polo, which can also be not destined on the market within the U.S. Underpinning each is the smallest model of the Volkswagen Group’s MQB platform, discovered within the Audi A3, the Volkswagen Golf, and a handful of different fashions kind the German automaker.
This prototype is for a 5-door A1. It is thought that Audi will not off a 3-door possibility attributable to low demand.
Inside would be the newest tech together with, as an possibility, Audi’s 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
2019 Audi A1 spy photographs – Picture by way of S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
Powertrains will embrace 3- and 4-cylinder items, with essentially the most potent model being an S1 presumably eclipsing the 231 horsepower of the present S1. An much more potent RS 1 from Audi Sport is feasible given the efficiency division’s need to develop its choices. Within the transmission division, patrons ought to be capable of select from 6-speed guide and 7-speed dual-clutch items.
We’re additionally more likely to see an electrified mannequin, presumably even a pure electrical providing rivaling the BMW i3 and Sensible ForTwo Electrical Drive. Recall, the VW Group is planning the launch of 30 electrical vehicles by 2025 and plenty of of those are anticipated to come back from Audi.
Search for a debut of the brand new A1 in later this yr. An look at October’s Paris auto present is a robust chance.