Audi preparing Fiat 500-fighting city car?
British media outlets are reporting that Audi is in the early stages of developing a new entry-level city car.
Stretching about 139 inches long, the yet-unnamed model will slot below the A1 to fight head-to-head against the Opel Adam, the Renault Twingo, and the Fiat 500. Insiders told British magazine Autocar that the car will ride on an evolution of the new small family (NSF) platform that underpins the Volkswagen up!, the SEAT Mii, and the Škoda Citigo. Like its corporate siblings, it will be offered as a two-door and as a four-door.
Buyers will be asked to choose between a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder gasoline-burning engine and an all-electric drivetrain. A diesel won’t be offered for cost reasons, and front-wheel drive will be the only configuration offered because the NSF platform isn’t compatible with all-wheel drive. However, a rugged-looking allroad variant with a taller suspension could nonetheless join the lineup a little later in the production run.
Audi’s next city car could be previewed by a thinly-veiled concept at the Paris Auto Show that will open its doors in October. The production version of it isn’t scheduled to go on sale until 2019, and odds are we won’t see it on our side of the pond due to its truly tiny size.
Note: 2011 Audi A2 Concept pictured.