Marcus De Guzman / Carpix for AutoIndustriya.com | October 16, 2017 14:00
Heavily-camouflaged 2018 Audi A1 could get more tech, longer wheelbase
It looks like Audi is also busy testing their all-new super mini it seems. After getting to see the all-new Q3 in prototype form several days ago, our spies were able to take photos of the next-generation A1 being tested on European roads.
Despite the heavy camouflage, we do get to see the evolutionary redesign of the Audi's smallest offering. Beginning with the front fascia, the 2018 A1 gets the new Singleframe grill along with slightly more tapered headlights. Also present is what appears to be a revised front bumper that now comes with bigger side air intakes.
When viewed from the side, the new A1 appears to have been made longer. Apparently, the new-generation A1 will share its platform with the sixth-generation Volkswagen Polo that was revealed last June. This could mean the new A1 will have a longer wheelbase which will improve overall cabin space. Around the back, a new set of taillights flank the rear quarter panels while the rear bumper appears to have been reshaped for the 2018 model.
In terms of tech, the all-new A1 is expected to be available with Audi's latest in-car features like the 12.3-inch virtual cockpit display and updated MMI touchscreen infotainment system.
As for engine options, a range of three-cylinder and inline-four engines are expected to be available for the 2018 Audi A1. There is even a possibility of a more powerful S1 version since Audi Sport announced recently that they plan to expand their portfolio. Transmission options, on the other hand, could come in the form of either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
The three-door version will no longer be offered, however so expect the 2018 Audi A1 to be available as a five-door Sportback only.
The all-new Audi A1 could arrive in showrooms around the middle of 2018.