Audi is currently preparing their second-generation A1 supermini for its 2018 launch and reports point to it becoming more sophisticated and slightly larger.
According to AutoExpress, the biggest changes will be in its design (still more evolutionary than revolutionary, though), improved comfort levels and tech, plus its increased practicality. The new A0 platform will allow the A1 to grow in size, gaining around 90mm (3.5 in) over the current model and offering bigger space for rear passengers.
Along with a new platform come new engines, and for the A1 this means a re-engineered version of its current 1.0-liter three-cylinder turbo, with around 100 HP. It’s also possible Audi will fit the A1 with the VW Group’s new 1.5-liter petrol and diesel engines, though it’s more likely they’ll make their debut on the next A3 first.
In terms of overall aesthetics, reports indicate we could be looking at sharper headlamps with new and unique daytime running light signatures, wider taillights (similar to those on the refreshed A3) and scrolling indicators that would be offered as an option across the range. Inside, the A1 would get Audi’s 12.3″ Virtual Cockpit as well as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on an updated version of the automaker’s MMI infotainment system.
As for the possibility of an RS1, multiple reports from last week talked about a 280 HP proper pocket rocket that might be arriving at next year’s Geneva Motor Show.
Finally, its production will be moved from Brussels to SEAT’s Martorell plant in Barcelona, where Audi’s smallest hatchback will be built alongside the Ibiza.
Rendering courtesy of Theophilus Chin