Get ready to meet the new Audi A1 – due in 2018
The Audi A1 is getting an exciting new update, from the design to the platform, which will be released in 2018. The second-generation A1 will have a new look, along with plenty of luxurious updates inside.
Audi is going all out to stay ahead of the curve, giving the A1 a thorough makeover to prepare for competing brands’ premium supermini offerings, such as the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta updates due before the new A1. New updates of the MINI Cooper and Citroën DS 3 are also due at the same time.
The biggest change to the sporty compact will be the platform; the A1 will be moving to the smallest version of the VW Group’s ubiquitous MQB platform, called A0. This new platform will bring with it a host of benefits, namely that the A1 will be able to grow a little (around 90mm) to provide a comfortable amount of legroom as well as increased boot space.
New engines will of course accompany the platform, the refreshed range likely to be starting with a re-engineered version of the current 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo, while a 1.5-litre diesel and petrol option could become available later. It is also possible that Audi will introduce a plug-in hybrid version to compete with BMW’s i3, although it would push the price up to around £25,000.
What’s most exciting however is the host of new design features and tech that will be included in the new A1. The exterior changes will remain classically Audi, refining shapes and contours to give a more polished look. Sharper headlamps at the front and wider tail lights at the back will be inspired by the recently updated A3, while Audi’s ‘scrolling indicators’ are likely to be an option across the range.
Audi’s new 12.3-inch virtual cockpit will be present inside the car, as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities. It is also possible that Audi will include a Wi-Fi hotspot to truly mark the A1 above the rest and provide seamless connectivity essential for busy lifestyles.
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