At the upcoming 2011 Tokyo Motor Show (3-11 December 2011) Audi will introduce the five-door A1 Sportback.
The five-door, which will be available in a four- or five-seat configuration, has the same length of the three-door sister model, while the height and width have been increased by 6mm, contributing to a larger interior space for the rear passengers.
The design solutions of the five-door exterior were anticipated with the 2008 Audi A1 Sportback Concept, an evolution of the original 2007 A1 project quattro.
At launch the range of engines will include three TFSI gasoline and three TDI diesel engines producing between 63 kW (86 hp) and 136 kW (185 hp).
Among the equipment highlights is an advanced infotainment system, with navigation, SD card reader and Internet connectivity.
The base price for the five-door model is €16,950, while the 1.6 TDI with 66 kW (90 hp) is priced at €19,050.
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It is six millimeters (0.24 in) wider and taller than the three-door model, however, at 1.75 meters (5.74 ft) and 1.42 meters (4.66 ft), respectively. Its aerodynamics have been fine-tuned so that the base version boasts a coefficient of drag of just 0.32.
The Audi A1 Sportback takes up the design of the three-door A1.
The engine hood and the rear hatch wrap around the body, the shoulder line encircles the entire car and the elegantly flowing roof with its integrated spoiler transitions to a steeply sloped C-pillar.
The front end is dominated by the large single-frame grille with its beveled upper corners. The headlights are also available with xenon plus lamps, and LEDs give the daytime running lights a homogenous appearance.
The sculpted tail lights are also equipped with light-emitting diodes – in this case SuperRed LEDs.
Upon request, Audi will paint the roof line – the roof arch, the roof and the roof spoiler – in one of three contrasting colors.
A choice of 12 paint finishes are available, including the new color Samoa Orange, which is exclusive to the A1 Sportback. Another option is the S line exterior package with its smart, sporty details. The accessories program for the A1 Sportback will later include kits with aerodynamic add-on parts and colorful decal sets.
The interior of the Audi A1 Sportback is spacious, bright and airy, with dramatically elegant lines. The instrument panel, whose front slopes gradually toward the cabin, resembles an airplane wing.
The center console is inclined slightly toward the driver; the four round air vents are reminiscent of jet engines. The console on the center tunnel is reminiscent of the rear of a sailing yacht.
The intuitively simple controls are a classic Audi strength, as is the high-quality workmanship. Numerous lovingly designed details, such as the precise click of the knobs for the air conditioner or the stitching on the leather steering wheel, illustrate the premium character of the A1 Sportback.
The A1 Sportback comes standard with four seats; a fifth seat is optional. They provide a sportily low seating position and good support.
Headroom and shoulder room have each been increased roughly one centimeter (0.39 in) compared with the three-door sister model. All four doors offer ample storage. Cup holders and a 12V outlet are standard, with a storage package available as an option.
The luggage compartment of the A1 Sportback has a capacity of 270 liters (9.53 cu ft). Folding down the split rear seat increases this to 920 liters (32.49 cu ft).
The L-shaped, deeply retractable head restraints do not have to be removed to do this. The loading lip is a comfortably low 66 centimeters (25.98 in).
The optional luggage compartment package makes loading even more practical, with usefully divided storage compartments under the loading floor and other amenities.