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    2018 Audi A1 Sportsback revealed with racy new look and advanced cabin tech

    by Swati Sanchayi on Thursday, Jun 28 2018
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    Audi has finally taken the wraps off the much anticipated 2018 A1 Sportback. The Sportsback is expected to be launched by the end of this year with a completely new look and technically advanced cabin. Launched for the first time in 2010, this is the second generation of the premium hatchback. According to Audi, the new A1 Sportback is the ideal companion in the urban environment and is also well suited for longer journeys.

    Mechanically, the upcoming Audi A1 Sportsback will come powered by a 1.0-litre, three-cylinder unit, TFSI engine churning out 92 bhp of maximum power and a 1.5-litre four-cylinder unit, TFSI engine generating maximum output of 195 bhp. Both the engines will come mated to a 7-Speed manual transmission or a 7-Speed S-Tronic dual-clutch transmission. However, the most potent 200hp model will get the 40 TFSI engine mated to a six-speed S tronic transmission, as standard. The A1 will later be offered with a natural gas engine in mainland Europe.

    Audi A1 Interior
    Audi A1 Interior
    Audi A1 Interior

    Based on the VW’s MQB A0 platform, the upcoming A1 Sportsback shares it with the VW Polo and Seat Ibiza and comes exclusively in five-door form and has grown in size. It is now 1740mm wide, 1410mm tall and has more cabin space particularly in the rear as well as an additional 65 litres of luggage capacity sitting at 335 litres. In terms of design and looks, the next- gen A1 Sportsback gets wide track and short overhangs for an extended and sporty look along with wide, low-placed single frame grille and the implied side air inlets. Paying homage to the brand's rally icon from 1984, the Sport Quattro with three flat slits below the edge of the hood has also been offered on the car.

    However, the new Audi A1 Sportback also resembles Audi Ur-Quattro and Sport Quattro in terms of profile. The wide, flat sloping C-pillar gives the new A1 Sportback a sporty stance, while all the lines on the flanks, from the window edge to the sill slope move upward towards the rear in a wedge shape. Apart from these, roof dome stretches across the A1 Sportback's body in a low profile while the distinctively highlighted wheels and the low shoulder line in between give the A1 Sportback a solid stance while driving. Also, the LED headlights and LED rear lights are tinted, while the Audi rings in the single frame and the badging at the back are black.

    Moving ahead to the cabin and interior, the second-generation of Audi A1 Sportsback gets the sportiest interior in the premium hatchback segment, as claimed by Audi. The entire cabin is driver-focused and the taut, sporty lines and surfaces depict the whole interior and feature on the dashboard, as well as in the doors and the center console. The all-digital instrument cluster with a high-resolution and 10.25-inch display and a multifunction steering wheel are the major highlights inside the upcoming luxurious Audi A1 Sportsback. Other than these, the MMI radio controlled via the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel and the display in the digital instrument cluster come as standard feature. However, when using with a smartphone all commands are via touch input while in the top configuration, MMI navigation plus offers a 10.1-inch MMI touchscreen as well.

    Audi A1 Exterior
    Audi A1 Exterior
    Audi A1 Exterior
    Audi A1 Exterior

    Other features include a broad range of wheels with the option between 15, 16 or 17-inch wheels depending on the engine. Also, the alloy wheels come in four sizes from 15 to 18 inches, including a 17-inch wheel with black or platinum gray inserts are available as options or as part of the "advanced" and "S line" equipment packages. The advanced features include a raft of driver assist features, including pre-sense radar-based technology that recognizes cars, cyclists and pedestrians, even in fog; to offer automatic accident mitigation. The same radar technology enables adaptive speed cruise control, which works at up to 200kph and can bring the car to a stop. The car is also available with a reversing camera, parking sensors and an automatic parking system.

    Though, the German automaker has not confirmed anything about bringing the 2018 Audi A1 Sportsback in the Indian market, but looking at the platform that the hatchback share with vehicles like the new VW Polo, Audi might consider bringing the A1 Sportsback in the Indian market with localized products and local manufacturing. Let’s wait and watch if the automaker plans the same.

    Stay tuned to for further updates on the 2018 Audi A1 Sportsback.



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