The Audi A1 will get a drastic makeover for the second generation model. It’ll be introduced in 2018, bringing refreshed styling, a classier interior and more technology to the premium small hatchback.
Read on for everything we know about this upcoming upmarket supermini – we’ll update this article as more information becomes available.
2018 Audi A1 – exterior
It’s expected that the new 2018 A1 will draw inspiration from the recently revealed Q2 SUV, featuring sharper lines and more pronounced features. Like most new Audi models, it’ll be more of an evolution of the current A1 design than a complete overhaul.
The headlights and taillights will probably be more aggressive in shape, complementing the latest version of Audi’s hexagonal grille. A roof spoiler and more aggressive styling will give the A1 a sportier, more youthful look.
Exterior dimensions should be bigger on the new A1 to allow more interior space. Rumours suggest the firm is planning to increase the A1’s wheelbase by 90mm to improve cabin accommodation.
2018 Audi A1 – interior
More standard equipment and interior design modifications will bring it in line with other recently revised Audis. Those will include the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit and come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as part of Audi’s updated MMI infotainment system. WiFi hotspots and more driving assist features could also be added to the equipment list.
2018 Audi A1 – engines
New engines will feature on the A1’s lineup, possibly those found in other small cars in the VW Group such as the closely related Polo. The entry-level engine is likely to be a revamped version of the current 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo.
Considering it shares many components with the Polo, the VW’s latest 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines could also be offered. A plug-in hybrid version could also be introduced later down the line, but prices would rise upwards of £25,000 if it is.
2018 Audi A1 – price and release date
There’s no pricing information yet for the new A1 but the expected increase in size and equipment levels could see the small hatchback cost from around £15,000 for the three-door version – marginally more than the current model. It’ll be released some time in 2018.
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