New A1 said to be ''true'' Audi
Positioned below the A3, the compact model has been designed to be city-friendly, and occupies a road "footprint" of less than four metres, without sacrificing space for four adults and their luggage.
The A1 is said to closely follow the look of 2007's Audi A1 project quattro design study, and the carmaker has assured that both the look and feel of the materials fits in with its "Vorsprung durch Technik" philosophy, as does the on-board technology, which includes features such as the optional Multi Media Interface (MMI) infotainment system.
Engine line-up in the UK will initially feature three TFSI and TDI engines, all featuring engine start-stop and recuperation technology. These comprise the new 1.2 TFSI petrol engine linked to a five-speed manual transmission. The unit delivers 86PS and 160Nm peak power and torque outputs, enabling a 0-62mph time of 12.1 seconds and a 111mph top speed, delivered with preliminary figures of 55.4mpg capability and low CO2 of 119g/km.
The A1 also gains the more familiar 1.4 TFSI power unit, which delivers its 122PS and 200Nm via the standard six-speed manual gearbox or the optional seven-speed S tronic twin-clutch transmission. Equipped with S tronic it takes the A1 to 62mph in 9.1 seconds, and on to 124mph where conditions allow, and in this form can match its smaller counterpart on economy and emissions, delivering preliminary figures of up to 55.4mpg with CO2 output of 119g/km.
The third engine option is the 105PS 1.6-litre diesel with 250Nm torque output which, via a five-speed manual gearbox, powers the A1 to 62mph in 10.8 seconds and on to a 116mph top speed, while retaining the potential to achieve 72.4mpg economy with emissions of 102g/km.
All engine options are supported by the latest generation ESP system.
Standard features will include alloy wheels, air conditioning, electric front windows and mirrors, remote central locking, a single CD audio system and split folding rear seats.
Prices for the A1 in the UK have yet to be finalised, but are expected to start at around £13,000. Full pricing and spec details will be announced closer to its debut at Geneva.For more of the latest industry news, click here.