The 2018 Audi A1 will bring a host of substantial changes, according to freshly taken spy shots. First off, the next-generation A1 will be slightly bigger and more sophisticated than its predecessor. It will also ride on Volkswagen’s MQB platform alongside the redesigned VW Polo. Like the first-generation model that arrived in 2010, the upcoming iteration sadly won’t make it to the North American market. However, the company seems determined to make the new Audi A1 more relevant in the supermini segment. Rumor has it that it could make its public debut sometime in 2018.
New 2018 Audi A1 Design Changes
Just like the Audi Q2 SUV and the new VW Polo, the next-gen A1 will use the flexible MQB underpinnings. Thanks to the new architecture, its wheelbase will grow 90 mm (to 2560 mm) over the current model. The Audi A1 2018 facelift , will also benefit from a slightly larger cargo space (around 300 liters). When it comes to the exterior design, expect it to receive mostly evolutionary changes. So, its new sheet metal shouldn’t stray far from that of the new A4, R8 or Q7. Expect it to feature slimmer headlights that flank a hexagonal radiator grille. The front bumper will get larger air vents, while the rear side should sport sleeker taillights. Rumor also has it that Audi plans to ditch the three-door variant in favor of the five-door model.
Inside, the 2018 Audi A1 will offer the automaker’s latest infotainment and safety features. Expect it to feature the 12.3-inch Virtual Cockpit driver information system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions. Moreover, the A1’s MMI infotainment system will include a WiFi hotspot option.
2018 Audi A1 Engine Range
As for the engine options, the 2018 Audi A1 will have a range of three- and four-cylinders at its disposal. Among them will be a revised version of the turbocharged three-cylinder making around 100 horsepower. Expect also a 1.6-liter four-cylinder TDI as well as a 2.0-liter four-banger under the A1’s hood. Rumor has it that a high-performance RS1 version with 280 hp could arrive at a later date. Finally, a plug-in hybrid variant of the redesigned A1 is expected to join the lineup as well.
According to official sources, Audi will move production of the A1 from Brussels to SEAT’s Martorell facility in Barcelona. By launching the second-gen A1, the automaker hopes to boost its sales that are less than impressive at the moment. Based on available reports, the upcoming model has all it takes to outdo its predecessor.