2019 Audi A1 coming this year: what it will look like and other key details

The half-liter Audi A1 Premium mini was a relative success for the German luxury carmaker. Launched in 2010, it has done well against competitors below its price range like the VW Polo as well as more direct competitors like the MINI 5-door hatch.

However, it was time to replace it, and luckily for us, recent spy shots have captured it almost unconcealed. So let’s put on a digital coat of paint and take a closer look at what the tiny hatch will look like when it launches later this year.

More aggressive design, perhaps with only five doors

First impressions are that the new A1 is more agile and more aggressive compared to its predecessor. The front design consists of the large Audi brand grille with slim headlights, clear detailing and large front intakes (in S-line format).

The profile consists of scalloped lower sill moldings, subtle rear facades, a two-tone roof with a thick C-pillar and no rear quarter window. Speaking from behind. It features Honda Jazz/Fit bottom vents and engraved LED taillights.

Unlike the current model that gets a three-door body too, the new A1 is rumored to be available exclusively in the five-door Sportback variant.

Under the skin

One of the weaknesses of the current car is the cramped accommodation in the back seat. Fortunately, that will be rectified, with the A1 riding on the same MQB platform shared with Volkswagen’s new Polo. And while the car’s dimensions grow a bit, it’ll also be more torsional stiffness, which helps with refinement and control.

Passengers can also expect high-quality materials and features in the cabin such as a Virtual Cockpit display, 4G LTE connectivity, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Driver assistance systems will feature heavily in the form of AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control (ACC), park assist, speed limiter, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

Turbo power

Powering the all-new A1 will be a half-liter set of turbocharged engines. These engines start with a turbocharged 1.0-liter TFSI three-cylinder engine that develops up to 113 horsepower, followed by a 1.5-liter four-cylinder petrol engine with 148 horsepower. However, if you want some serious stuff, wait for the S1 version and the turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out roughly 250 horsepower.

Rumors suggest that the 1.6-liter diesel engine may be delayed due to lower diesel sales. However, it may be replaced by the option of natural gas as well as some forms of electricity. Power will be put to the front wheels via a seven-speed S tronic transmission, dual-clutch or a six-speed manual. All-wheel drive will be optional across more variants, too.

secondary alternatives

By default, the A1 sits alone in the luxury supermini segment. There is no direct competitor to Mercedes-Benz or BMW (except, of course, the MINI). However, that doesn’t mean you should dismiss the likes of Citroen’s DS 3, Alfa Romeo MiTo, Seat Ibiza, Ford Fiesta Vignale and fellow VW Group stablemate – Volkswagen Polo.

Expect the official unveiling of the Sportback-only A1 five-door later this year, possibly at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Does the new Audi A1 look right to you? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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