Spy Shots: New Audi A1

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Our German spy photographers have captured revealing images of the new Audi A1 Sportback undergoing testing uncamouflaged. Take a look at what you can expect from the new A1 below...

Picture credit: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

The new Audi A1 is expected to be officially revealed this year and these latest spy shots show the new A1 undergoing final testing in Europe. Based on these images, the new A1 will adopt a sporty stance thanks to sharp lines seen on the bodywork, aggressive grille treatment, tailgate-mounted spoiler, modern-looking taillights and integrated diffuser. You will also notice that a larger C-pillar will replace the previous third quarter window. The new A1 will be built on Volkswagen’s MQB modular platform.   

Interior details are scant but you can expect a higher quality cabin with premium materials as well as additional technology such as Audi’s digital Virtual Cockpit, an updated MMI infotainment system and a host of driver assistance systems.


The A1's styling will be more assertive and will be offered with a range of engine choices.

Official engine details have yet to be confirmed but it’s likely that the Audi A1 will be offered with a 114 kW 3-cylinder, 1.0-litre engine at the bottom of the range. A turbocharged 1.4-litre engine is also likely in various states of tune with either 92 kW, 110 kW or 140 kW. Finally, a 2.0-litre turbopetrol engine with either 185 kW or 220 kW is likely to power the S1 and RS1 respectively. All-wheel drive is expected to be offered as an option on certain models.

The new A1 can be expected in South Africa in 2019 following its official reveal later this year. Perhaps it will be shown at the Paris Motor Show in October 2018? Either way, we will keep you updated as more details become available, so stay tuned.

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