The upcoming new Audi A1 has been found nearly totally uncamouflaged while testing in southern Spain. In spite of being one of the company’s older models, the existing A1 is still one of their bestsellers, so this new car represents something of a hard second album. A whole new engine range is anticipated, consisting of a hybrid model and an efficiency RS1.
2019 Audi A1 Styling
The replacement A1 has been made to look bigger with bigger and lower headlights, more muscular bodywork and fancy-looking new lower grilles. These grilles, plus the rear spoiler and the two exhaust pipes, hint the pictured car may be a sporty S-Line model. The headlights will be full LED on many models, not the yellow halogen lights on this pre-production development car, while the primary grille is bigger with styling information borrowed from Audi’s SUV line-up.
Anticipate this new car to be longer and wider than the model it’ll change. The rear doors look easier to get into and the C-pillar (between the rear doors and rear windscreen) looks much larger. There’s an odd chrome pinstripe down the side of this car, but it’s not likely this will make it to production.
2019 Audi A1 Interior
Audi may decide to press this new car more upmarket, away from its VW Group foundations. Mercedes has crammed the new A-Class loaded with tech and elegant materials to the point that it seems like a small S-Class limo, so Audi could aim to their bigger and more pricey models for interior inspiration.
This suggests the A1 will get a much clearer and less chaotic control panel design, more leather alternatives and might feature restricted self-driving technology and gesture control for the new infotainment system. Expect a fixed eight-inch touchscreen to be basic on a lot of models, and the option of a digital driver’s display screen that changes analogue dials.
The proportions of this prototype suggest that there will be much more traveler space in the back, and a more capacious boot behind. A criticism of the existing car is that it’s really cramped for grownups in the back seats (especially in the soon-to-be-discontinued three-door model), so this new car will be equally welcoming as the Skoda Fabia or VW Polo.
2019 Audi A1 Engines and Driving
The A1’s engine range will be totally revamped– as you may expect, seeing as some engines are getting on a bit. Heartland 1.4-litre engines are set to be replaced with an entry-level 1.0-litre three-cylinder system with approximately 120hp and a more effective 1.5-litre engine that you’ll already discover in the VW Golf and SEAT Ibiza. Both these powerplants will probably feature stop-start and cylinder deactivation to save fuel.
A 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine boasting a power output in the area of 200hp is rumoured to have been contributed to the range while, at the other end of the spectrum, a hybrid model is expected. From launch, a mild-hybrid variation will be available to increase power and fuel economy, but won’t be able to drive on electric power only. Four-wheel-drive, presently booked for the powerful S1, will be provided on other models throughout the line-up. All cars will be lighter, thanks to a new platform, which’ll benefit velocity, braking, fuel economy and handling. The latter will also be improved with the addition of adaptive suspension.
2019 Audi A1 Price and Release Date
With this pre-production car looking so near being ended up, it’s likely that Audi will officially reveal the A1 in early 2019. The new model will go on sale later on in the year, with a cost of approximately ₤ 17,000 for the entry-level car.