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Audi A1 Sportback: All You Need To Know

21 June, 2018, 09:34 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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Audi has released these images of the new upmarket A1 supermini ahead of sales starting in September. Audi claims the A1 Sportback's boot is 65L more accommodating than before at 335L, which expands to 1090L with the second row seats folded, thanks to the bigger footprint.

The A1 has grown 56mm longer than the outgoing model (4.03m), but its width is "almost the same" at 1.74m. We say it looks like a shrunken Q2 with some extra creases added.

Audi has unveiled the all-new, second generation A1 Sportback. The latter features larger air intakes, additional sill trims and a larger rear wing as well as various other cosmetic upgrades meant to give it a beefy appearance. Until a sporty S1 arrives (rumoured for 2019), the top version will be a 2.0-litre TFSI producing 200PS. Other engine details will be announced closer to its launch date.

An entry-level 25 TFSI with 95PS will follow. All engines can be linked to either a manual gearbox or the seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, with the exception of the 200PS variant which uses a six-speed S tronic transmission as standard. Each can be customised with a range of exterior and interior packages, along with contrasting body and roof colours, so buyers have a wide range of options to make their A1 unique.

The driver assistance systems for the Audi A1 Sportback also come directly from further up the range. Under the leading edge of the hood are three flat slits, a homage to the sport quattro.

Jürgen Löffler, the man responsible for the new A1's exterior styling, told Autocar that the brief was to make the standard version the "sportiest vehicle in its class", which bodes well for this rumoured S1. An infotainment system previously used on larger Audis has trickled down to the A1, positioned towards the driver for ease of use. Luggage capacity has increased by 65 litres to 335 litres, and there's more head and legroom than before. Adaptive speed assist would help the auto maintain a set distance from the vehicle in front, while a reversing camera would help squeeze it better in a cramped parking spot somewhere.

Suspensions depend on the engine, but Audi will offer sport suspension packages with tauter suspension tuning, larger brakes, red brake calipers, and even adjustable dampers and the Audi Drive Select system with multiple modes. Audi will offer an Edition model that is based on the S line features and will be offered from the market launch of the auto. Available exclusively as a five-door Sportback, the latest vehicle features dynamic new styling which is complemented with infotainment and driver assistance systems on a par with the contemporary full-size class.

The new Audi A1 Sportback will be available to order in the United Kingdom in September ahead of first deliveries in November.


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