Audi A1

Production Cars 10 Feb 2010
Audi A1

Audi has finally revealed its A1 compact model, that will make its debut at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and will be launched this summer. The exterior design is based on the 2007 A1 project quattro showcar and the interior is inspired by aeronautical engineering.

Audi A1After a number of preview images and videos, Audi has released the official images and details on the A1, a compact model under 4 meters of length that offers a sporty character and premium features.

The dynamic design is largely based on the 2007 A1 Metroproject quattro concept car.

Among the distinctive elements that have been maintained are the color-contrasting roof-arches and the single-frame grille, anyway the overall exterior is a quite faithful transposition of the original concept.

Family styling cues include the side line, the coupe-like C-pillars, the large wheel wells and the front end.

The hood and rear hatch encompass the body; the tail lights are three-dimensionally molded and present an unmistakable design, day or night.

Audi A1 Audi A1 Interior

Audi Metroproject Quattro The 2007 Audi A1 Metroproject Quattro

The range of available engines includes two TDI and two TFSI engines, all with turbocharging and direct fuel injection, power output from 63 kW (86 hp) to 90 kW (122 hp). All the units are equipped with recuperation system and start-stop system.

The interior has a dynamic design inspired by aeronautical engineering and is available with two trim levels and numerous opportunities for customization.

The infotainment system features a Bose audio system with LED fiberoptic technology and includes options for the connection and playback of mobile phones and portable music media, using a Bluetooth interface. A optional retractable MMI display on the 
instrument panel is available as an option.

The Audi A1 will go on sale from this summer with a base price of 16,000 Euros.

From the official Press Release:


Audi A1 Design SketchIt has a confident road stance – powerful, distinctive and full of character. The pronounced encompassing shoulder line, the color-contrasted roof arch and the unusually sharply sloping C-pillars give the three-door an unmistakable silhouette.

The dimensions also document the dynamic lines: 3.95 meters (12.96 feet) long, 1.74 meters (5.71 feet) wide but only 1.42 meters (4.66 feet) tall.

The wheelbase measures 2.47 meters (8.10 feet); the overhangs are correspondingly short.

The design of the A1 is tightly integrated into the brand’s design language and unique in the compact segment – emotional, bold and progressive.

Many of the features and innovative ideas from the 2007 A1 project quattro showcar have already made it to series production in the A1.

Audi A1 Audi A1 Metroproject Quattro
The production Audi A1 Audi A1 Metroproject Quattro Concept (2007)

The front end bears a family resemblance, but features new accents and details. The single-frame grille, for example, is integrated into the front end and with its angled top corners represents a new evolutionary stage.

Its braces are arranged horizontally to emphasize the width of the front. The large, plastically modeled air intakes with their horizontal bars also contribute to the sporty look. The fog lights are located in their outer corners.

Audi A1 InteriorThe three-dimensionally styled headlights feature strongly curved wing structures in their interior.

As with every Audi, the daytime running lights are standard. With the optional xenon plus units, the daytime running lights are implemented using LEDs and a light guide. They appear as a homogenous strip that traces the wing. 

Viewed form the side, the most distinctive element is the straight, slightly upward course of the lines, which visually stretch and accelerate the A1.

The upper edge of the hood extends below the side windows to the rear end.

As with the Audi TT sports car, the point where the encompassing hood meets the fenders is the point of origin for a typical Audi design element – the tornado line. It continues in the door and the rear flank. The line runs closely and precisely above the wheel wells, giving the A1 a powerful road stance.

The heavy shaded edge beneath the tornado line, the powerfully arched sheet metal surfaces on the flanks and the rising dynamic line above the sills are also characteristic of the brand’s design language.

The same is true of the expressively shaped wheel wells, which provide shelter to wheels measuring up to 18 inches, and for the ratio of sheet metal surfaces to the greenhouse, which is two-thirds to one-third. The side mirrors are mounted on the doors like with a sports car; the door handles are distinctly bow-shaped.

The sportily flowing roof arch is optionally available in one of four contrasting colors. The arch flows into a C-pillar that is flatter than on a coupe, giving the rear end a dynamic outline that is further emphasized by the roof spoiler.

When viewed from the rear, an encompassing luggage compartment hatch emphasizes the width – an exclusive feature new to the compact class. The hatch is distinctively shaped.

The wedge-shaped single-piece tail lights also underline wideness and are plastically integrated into the design. In combination with xenon plus, the tail lights use LED technology. Because they cannot be seen when the luggage compartment hatch is open, the Audi A1 has additional LED lamps in its side flanks.

The tail lights have a sporty red frame, with a curved bar dividing their chambers. Audi optionally equips them with light-emitting diodes and light guides – the tail light then appears as a continuous strip. A sporty black diffuser in the skirt forms the bottom of the rear end and visually places the vehicle firmly on the road. Depending on the engine, the exhaust system ends in one or two tailpipes on the left side.

Audi offers the A1 in ten exterior colors. The solid finishes are Amalfi White, Cumulus Blue and Brilliant Black; the metallic colors are Ice Silver, Phantom Black, Teak Brown, Shiraz Red, Scuba Blue, Misano Red and Sphere Blue.

(Source: Audi)

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