Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Audi | posted May 27, 2015 11:38
Audi to preview new city car with a concept model at the 2016 Paris Motor Show
The automotive brand from Ingolstadt is reportedly working on a new city car that is set to take on other segment rivals like the Fiat 500 and Smart ForTwo.
According to Automobile Magazine, Audi has already scheduled a reveal of a new concept car on the 2016 Paris Motor Show which will become the basis of the aforementioned city car. Exact details about the automobile are limited but it is expected to use Volkswagen's versatile MQB platform and may arrive sometime in 2020. It will be available in either two- or four-door body styles.
In terms of engines, two three-cylinder engines may power the rumored city car; a gasoline-powered unit that puts out 111 PS and a diesel-driven powerplant that is rated at at 102 PS. An electric variant may also come out which may come with either a 81 PS or a 122 PS electric motor that will have a maximum range of 201 km.
Originally, a sportier version of the city car was planned wherein it would be fitted with a 203 PS 1.2-liter two-cylinder engine sourced from the Ducati 1199 Panigale superbike. Destined to be a two-seater roadster, its fate is now unsure as it was reportedly a pet project of Dr. Ferdinand Piech who recently resigned as Volkswagen AG's chairman amidst a power struggle.
Interestingly, Audi has already a small car called the A1 (pictured above) though the company classified it as a supermini B segment competitor. It uses Audi's PQ25 platform and is available either as a 3-door or 5-door hatchback. It is powered by a variety of gasoline- and diesel-powered engines along with the range-topping 2.0-liter Quattro model that puts out 256 PS and 350 Nm of torque.
Source: Automobile Magazine