Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
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Audi reveals all-new Audi A1 Sportback

Audi reveals all-new Audi A1 Sportback

Available as a five-door model only, the new A1 is longer, wide and lower than before.

Prices and full specifications are yet to be revealed.

Audi says the A1 features styling from the brand-defining Ur quattros of the Eighties (the original Quattro models). Overall length of the hatchback is 4 030 mm and width 1 740 mm, height - 1 410 mm, and the wheelbase reaches 2 560 mm, writes the with reference to Autoblog.

This ready to run stance is emphasised further by the wide track and short overhangs. 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. The top-of-the-line engine is also recognizable with its striking twin tailpipes.

An entry-level 25 TFSI with 95PS will follow.

No diesels will be available from launch, with the petrol units ranging from 94bhp to 197bhp, with all but the range-topping engine being offered with a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed-automatic 'box.

Infotainment and connectivity is key on the new A1, as all models come with a digital instrument cluster as well as an 8.8-inch infotainment display, while the Virtual Cockpit is available as an option.

The smallest Audi gets a comprehensive makeover.

All versions can be equipped with the optional Navigation Pack or Technology Pack. There are two USB interfaces (1x USB-A, 1x USB-C with increased charging current).

A choice of two sound systems will be offered, with the more powerful option being a 560 watt Bang and Olufsen 11-speaker set-up.

Radar-based adaptive cruise is an option, whlie there are various parking systems from a reversing camera to a park assist feature which can automatically park the auto in parallel or perpendicular parking spaces. The latter is basically Audi lingo for AEB City with pedestrian recognition, a safety feature that can save costly repairs and avoid severe injuries. The front seat belts are electrically tensioned, the windows are closed and the hazard warning lights are switched on. All of the controls and the optional MMI touch display are strongly driver-oriented thus emphasizing the distinctive cockpit character.

The A1 Sportback is small, but that doesn't keep Audi from packing the vehicle with equipment that A8 buyers might also find.

We won't go into too much detail regarding the model's inner workings and included tech, because, well, Audi won't offer it here! The park assist system automatically parallel parks the A1 Sportback and, in its latest form, can also park forwards into perpendicular parking spaces, manoeuvring multiple times if necessary.

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