The second-generation Audi A1 has been spied testing in light camouflage. Images courtesy of Motor Authority show the new model undergoing winter checks in what is clearly near-production-ready form with only some paint swirls obscuring its outline.
Look beyond the bodywork graffiti, however, and you can clearly make out the new car’s design. Nothing fundamental has changed – it’s still a small Audi with a familiar ‘two-box’ supermini design, but you can see the new model moves away from the old version’s ‘floating’ roof and pillars styling, instead opting for more a conventional unified design.
The front end has been given the most recent interpretation of Audi’s family face with a wider, more defined hexagonal grille and slimmer, more angled headlights. The rear echoes the front with slimmer lights probably powered by LED technology giving it a squatter, wider look.
Some of the details echo the recently revealed Q2 compact crossover such as the faceted bodywork below the side windows that lends the front and rear wheelarches some extra muscularity. Behind the windows is a fairly wide C-pillar connecting the roof to the bodywork – this is likely to be finished in a contrasting colour as it is on the Q2.
It’s been suggested the car might only come in five-door form rather than having the option of a three-door model to save cost and more accurately reflect demand. Audi will soon no doubt reveal that the replacement A1 has a larger cabin and more commodious boot than its predecessor while taking up a similar amount of road space.
Cabins are usually Audi’s strong point but this was one area the old model missed the mark on – it was dull, dark and, compared to the stylish touches in rival Minis and DS3s, felt a bit corporate. The new car should rectify this with more colour and a greater emphasis on infotainment – Audi’s excellent Virtual Cockpit digital dashboard is likely to be an option.
Engines should be pulled from across the Audi range including 1.0-litre three-cylinder petrols, 1.4-litre four-cylinder models and potentially even 2.0-litre petrol and diesel units. Buyers will be offered a familiar choice of Audi’s six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed DSG automatic but it’s not yet known if quattro four-wheel drive will be offered.
2018 Audi A1 price and release date
Prices are unlikely to change vastly compared to the current model so an entry-level tag of around £15,000 seems plausible with top models nudging more than £23,000. We expect to see first production models in early 2018 with an on-sale date not long after that.
2018 Audi A1 latest news (updated August 2016)
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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