New 2018 Audi A1 spied winter testing forward of launch

Audi’s 2018 second-generation A1 hatchback has been snapped by our spy photographers, who’ve given us a glimpse of how the brand new mannequin will look. Additional fashion is on the agenda for the brand new Audi A1, in addition to a classier inside and extra tech.

With plusher variations of the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta available on the market, the brand new A1 will must be much more upmarket to maintain its kudos as one of many classiest superminis. There’s additionally the 2018 MINI Cooper to cope with, and the following era DS Three is due quickly as effectively.

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Although you possibly can’t inform simply from the images, the Mk2 A1 will transfer on to the smallest model of the VW Group’s ubiquitous MQB platform, referred to as A0. The change in structure additionally implies that manufacturing of the A1 will switch from Brussels in Belgium to SEAT’s Martorell plant in Barcelona, the place the automotive will likely be constructed alongside the Ibiza and Arona.

The brand new platform will deliver many advantages – the primary being the power to make the A1 bigger than the present mannequin. Auto Specific understands that after intense debate contained in the VW Group in regards to the variety of wheelbases spun off any single model of MQB, the corporate’s prime brass have ordered a single size of round 2,560mm throughout all the forthcoming small vehicles from Audi, VW, SEAT and Skoda.

That’s a acquire of round 90mm over the prevailing A1, and whereas the physique is more likely to develop by a tiny fraction of that, the prolonged wheelbase ought to deliver advantages for rear passengers. Boot capability can even rise barely, doubtlessly from the present automotive’s 270 litres to round 300 litres.

Our unique pictures of the brand new Audi A1 present how the automotive will look with out the disguise, too. The spy pictures present the bigger grille and sportier-looking headlights, in addition to huge alloy wheels and sharper-looking taillights too.

2018 Audi A1 engine vary

A brand new platform brings new engines, and the A1 vary is more likely to kick off with a re-engineered model of the present 1.Zero-litre three-cylinder turbo, creating round 100bhp. With the brand new Polo and upcoming A1 sharing numerous mechanical DNA, Audi may additionally select to supply the A1 with the VW Group’s new 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines – though the latter items are more likely to seem first within the subsequent A3. 

When the A1 does get the brand new 1.5-litre engines, their vary of outputs – from 90bhp to 160bhp – ought to give Audi sufficient choices for the whole line-up, except the S1 sizzling hatch.

There may be additionally the potential of Audi introducing a plug-in hybrid e-tron model of the A1. Again in 2012 it developed an idea that includes a three-cylinder turbo and electrical motor. The know-how is dear, although, and if launched it’ll push the A1’s value into new territory – probably upwards of £25,000. Nonetheless, it will give Audi a competitor for the BMW i3 – a automotive it may well’t presently rival.

New Audi A1 inside and exterior design

In fact, a brand new mannequin wouldn’t be full with no new look. Our pictures give an concept of how the second-generation A1 will develop, with evolutionary slightly than revolutionary modifications. Count on sharper headlamps with a singular daytime operating gentle signature both facet of the most recent firm grille, which follows the rule of being hexagonal on hatchbacks and saloons, slightly than octagonal as on Audi’s SUVs. 

On the rear, wider tail-lights are more likely to be impressed by the lately refreshed A3, with an built-in roof spoiler to help aerodynamic effectivity and provides the A1 a sportier look. Audi’s ‘scrolling indicators’ are set to be provided as an choice throughout the vary.

What’s more likely to be extra intriguing to patrons is the raft of latest tech inside. Audi’s 12.Three-inch Digital Cockpit will make an look for the primary time, whereas Apple CarPlay and Android Auto can even be launched on an up to date model of Audi’s MMI infotainment system. The agency might roll out a WiFi hotspot in addition to it goals to rival the connectivity provided by the A1’s major rival, the MINI.

Is an Audi RS 1 doable?

The present automotive will soldier on with solely minor tweaks earlier than the following mannequin is launched, but it surely may get a sign-off flagship. Audi has fenced off the RS 1 badge, and whereas senior firm insiders deny any plans for such a car, it’s doable that the corporate may difficulty a limited-edition, excessive sizzling hatchback model of the A1 as a part of the tail finish of its present manufacturing run in early 2018.

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