Audi engineers are busy testing prototypes for new versions of the A1 subcompact hatchback. The current version debuted in 2010 at the Geneva Motor Show. Initially, Audi sold the model in Germany and then the UK before it made it available to other global markets. However, the car manufacturer did not sell it in the US. Instead, Audi preferred launching vehicles that are larger than the A3 in this market.
Initially, Audi started the A1 series with the three-door model. Then it introduced the five-door version in November 2011. The new A1 version that Audi is about to release is a five-door vehicle. Audi chose this option because demand for three-door cars of this caliber is low.
One feature of this new version is a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. It will have powertrains with three and four-cylinder units in addition to six-speed manual and seven-speed dual clutch units.
The new A1 skips the bubble shape of its predecessor by embracing a conventional hatchback design. The wheelbase in the two versions differs as well. More specifically, the new A1 has a stretched wheelbase creating more space in the car’s boot.
Interestingly, Audi twinned this new version with the redesigned Volkswagen Polo. Both of these vehicles have the MQB platform. Other cars that have it include the Volkswagen Golf and the Audi A3. It is worth noting that Audi is a subsidiary of the Volkswagen group.
An electrified release of the new A1 is also possible according to some experts in the car manufacturing business. These experts also claim that a pure electric model rivaling similar cars such as the BMW i3 is possible.
Watch out for the imminent debut of the new Audi A1. This debut will happen during the upcoming Paris Auto Show. The show takes place in the first weeks of October, and it occurs biennially. Confirming the details mentioned above is only possible after this grand unveiling happens. It will direct you to leaked videos of the new A1 as Audi tested it at the Nürburgring racing complex in Germany.