The upcoming new Audi A1 has been found almost entirely uncamouflaged while testing in southern Spain. Despite being among the company’s older models, the existing A1 is still among their bestsellers, so this new car represents something of a hard second album. A whole new engine range is expected, consisting of a hybrid model and an efficiency RS1.
2019 Audi A1 Styling
The replacement A1 has been made to look larger with larger 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 envisioned car might be a stylish S-Line model. The headlights will be complete LED on many models, not the yellow halogen lights on this pre-production development car, while the main grille is enlarged with styling information obtained from Audi’s SUV line-up.
Anticipate this new car to be longer and larger than the model it’ll change. The rear doors look easier to obtain into and the C-pillar (in between the rear doors and rear windscreen) looks much larger. There’s a strange chrome pinstripe down the side of this car, but it’s unlikely this will make it to production.
2019 Audi A1 Interior
Audi may opt to press this new car more upmarket, far from its VW Group underpinnings. Mercedes has packed the new A-Class full of tech and glamorous products to the point that it seems like a mini S-Class limousine, so Audi could aim to their bigger and more costly models for interior motivation.
This implies the A1 will get a much clearer and less messy control panel design, more leather alternatives and could feature restricted self-driving technology and gesture control for the new infotainment system. Expect a set eight-inch touchscreen to be basic on many models, and the choice of a digital driver’s display that replaces analogue dials.
The proportions of this model suggest that there will be much more guest area in the rear, and a more capacious boot behind. A criticism of the current car is that it’s extremely confined for grownups in the rear seats (particularly 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 entirely revamped– as you may anticipate, viewing as some engines are getting on a bit. Heartland 1.4-litre engines are set to be changed with an entry-level 1.0-litre three-cylinder unit with as much as 120hp and a more effective 1.5-litre engine that you’ll already find 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 actually been contributed to the range while, at the other end of the spectrum, a hybrid model is anticipated. From launch, a mild-hybrid variation will be available to improve power and fuel economy, but will not have the ability to drive on electrical power only. Four-wheel-drive, presently scheduled for the effective S1, will be offered 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 enhanced with the addition of adaptive suspension.
2019 Audi A1 Price and Release Date
With this pre-production car looking so near to being finished, it’s most 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.