Thanks to its nippy handling and overall ease of maneuverability, the Audi A1 has made for an ideal city-slicker model for the four-ring brand. But while it can certainly handle itself around town, it isn’t 'perfectly' outfitted for city use. Considering its low ride height and hatchback compact nature, the A1 is still susceptible to the harshness of urban streets – potholes, gutters and all. That said, the A1 can be further developed into an ideal urban runabout, and it looks like Audi has the solution.

Dubbed the Audi A1 Citycarver, this new specification of the A1 is based off the A1 Sportback with a few noticeable twists. With bigger wheels additional bits and bobs, the Citycarver appears to be a a high-riding version of the humble hatchback.

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For starters, it has a more muscular look thanks to its new wheel arch enhancements and redesigned sills in a contrasting colour. The Citycarver comes with underbody protection using stainless steel plates, and the raised suspension gives around 40 mm of extra ground clearance to clear small ruts.

The Citycarver’s large, octagonal Singleframe grille is also reminiscent of the Audi Q models and surrounds a strongly sculpted honeycomb insert painted in matte black. At the rear, a new look bumper echoes the robust look of the front end. 

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In the interior, Audi integrates an 8.8-inch MMI touch screen and 10.25-inch fully digital cockpit display to take care of the majority of infotainment functions. Seeing as it is based off the A1 Sportback, the Citycarver gets copious amounts of luggage space inside for its size – 335 liters worth to be exact.

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The Audi A1 Citycarver is ready to be ordered in the UK sometime September with 30 TFSI Petrol engine options to choose from.