The 2018 Audi A1 will be larger and more luxurious than the current car because of its new MQB A0 fundamentals and improved interior technology.
Much like its cousins from Volkswagen, Skoda, Seat, Audi’s smallest model is destined to grow in length and width, offers more leg room and increased boot space inside. Rear passengers will also benefit from more head room with the longest line of the roof.
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In addition, the new foundations will improve the structural rigidity, reducing the weight thanks to the use of a so-called hybrid construction. The method, which was employed in the Audi A8 to the end of the last decade, using a combination of hot-formed steel and aluminum. However, due to the larger size of the upcoming A1, it is unlikely that the 2018 model will be lighter than the current car, which is 1035kg in its entry-level guise.
As demonstrated by recent spy photos, the next A1 in the larger body means that the small size of its predecessor are to be exchanged for a more conventional hatchback shape. The car design not bear some resemblance to the larger A3, and the shape of its front and rear lights – certainly seem familiar to that machine.
Audi is developing the 2018 A1 to be compatible with its Virtual Cockpit technology – something that the current model was not able to adapt. The system will integrate Audi 12.3 in display in the dash, and work with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Top-spec models could be offered with wi-fi hotspots, the technology, too.
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Food the new A1 will be a selection of turbocharged gasoline and diesel engines, most of which will be linked to the units offered in the current car. The entry level spec will be a 1.0-liter three-cylinder engine, probably with more power than the current 94bhp.
In addition, further developed versions of the current car’s 1.4 petrol and 1.6 diesel turbocharged engines are probably the first to produce in excess of 150bhp and the second offer more than 72.4 mpg combined.
Industry trends suggest a hybrid model, which could also be produced, and the Volkswagen e-Up shows that the VW Group has an interest in producing electric powertrains for its smallest of the existing models.
Following the launch of the next Audi A1 range, the S1 to get the high-performance range-topper. As the current hot hatch, we will use a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, four-wheel drive, but the power will be intensified beyond today 228bhp. Power is about 250bhp has been questioned for the next S1 four-pot, bringing it closer to the discontinued model A1 Four-and five-cylinder.
The next S1 power would be unlikely to increase beyond that figure, however, so as not to exceed the output of the next Audi RS1, which is due at the end of this year with 280bhp. If the 2017 RS1 is a sales success, Audi could also consider the possibility of having one towards the end of the race the life of its next-generation A1 series.
The Audi A1 will be built at the Seat plant in Martorell