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New Audi A1 Sportback gets dynamic new styling and an all-petrol lineup

It’s all-change on the styling front for the smallest car from Ingolstadt.

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AUDI HAS UNVEILED the second generation of its compact A1 model and it is sporting a dynamic new design.

The new-generation model now uses the same MQB-A0 platform as the Volkswagen Polo and SEAT Ibiza and has grown significantly in length, with an additional 56 millimetres. The new model now measures 4.03 metres long while the width has remained almost the same at 1.74 metres.

Its wide track and short overhangs give the small hatch a taut, sporty look and a wide, low-placed singleframe grille and implied side air inlets dominate the front end. Those three flat slits that sit below the edge of the hood are an homage to the Sport quattro, Audi’s rally icon from 1984.

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The sporty feel of the exterior is carried through the cabin and even the basic models come with a fully integrated digital 10.25-inch display and a multifunction steering wheel as standard.

Those wishing for more high-tech can splash out on the optional Audi virtual cockpit. An 8.8-inch central touchscreen is standard but can be specced up to ten-inches and the infotainment system will come with WiFi, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, plus the handwriting recognition system from the luxury A8, and an optional a 560-watt Bang & Olufsen sound system.

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From launch, the new Audi A1 will be available with petrol engines only. There will be a choice of a 95hp 1.0-litre TFSI three-cylinder, a 150hp 1.5-litre four-cylinder and a 2.0-litre with up to 200hp. All engines can be had with a manual transmission or seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission, with the exception of the top-of-the-range engine, where a six-speed S tronic transmission shifts gears as standard.

The all new Audi A1 Sportback will be available to order from late 2018.

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Melanie May  / https://www.melaniemay.com

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