Audi has released the first details of its upcoming A1 model, a project based on the the A1 project quattro presented at the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show and on the A1 Sportback concept which debuted at 2008 Paris Auto Show.
Both studies were visions for a new, young target group and the particular requirements of city driving, and have been refined ever since. Now the A1 is getting closer to its market launch and will be officially unveiled at the ucoming Geneva Motor Show.
Stefan Sielaff, Head of Design at AUDI AG, has commented on the design: “The new A1 has Audi design in its genes. Like all Audi models, the ratio of greenhouse to body is between 1:3 and 2:3.
"The front overhang is short, but the wheel wells are pronounced, giving the A1 a wide road stance.”
The Audi A1 will also have a distinctive C-pillar, and a coupé-like silhouette clearly different from that of the A3.
“Audi is renowned for taking a lot of features of its showcars into series production. The roof arch is a unique characteristic of the Tokyo showcar; there is a certain dynamism in the flow of the A- and C-pillars. An important detail for customization; that much I can tell you,” said Sielaff.
The single-frame grille – a central Audi design feature – will identify the A1 as an Audi. On this regard Sielaff commented “We’ll do something here, maybe with the corners and the width of the grille,”. This will affect the headlights.
New details will be revealed in January 2010.